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You are allowed to work if you are receiving financial help from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). In fact, we're here to help you do it. Having a paid job will increase your total income.

Here are some key things you need to know:

Employment Benefits

Let your ODSP caseworker know as soon as you start to work, so you can find out what benefits you can get. For example:

Reporting Your Earnings

If you receive Income Support from the ODSP, you need to tell us about any money you earn from a job. Learn about your reporting responsibilities.

Earnings Deductions

As of September 1, 2013, you can earn up to $200 a month without having your income support reduced. If you have earnings, you will see this change in your October 2013 payment. If you earn more than $200 a month, half of your earnings above $200 are exempt - this means half of your earnings do not affect your eligibility or the amount of money you get for Income Support.

  • You will also automatically get a $100 Work-Related Benefit to help with costs such as transportation or work clothing.

Learn about how earnings affect your Income Support and the $100 Work-Related Benefit.

Leaving the ODSP for Work

If you leave the ODSP for paid work, you may: