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Child support when you are on OW or ODSP

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Child support and the amount of money you get from OW or ODSP

Child support payments do not affect the amount of money you get from Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

So, if you get child support, you get to keep that money plus your money from OW or ODSP.

But this rule does not apply to child support owed before:

  • January 1, 2017, if you get income support from ODSP
  • February 1, 2017, if you get financial assistance from OW

Child support owed earlier

For any child support payments you get that were owed before those dates, you have to pay back OW or ODSP.

The time period that matters is when the child support was owed, not when you actually get the money.

So you must pay back OW or ODSP if you get a payment that was owed before the rule started.