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Spousal support when you are on OW or ODSP

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Spousal support and social assistance

Spousal support payments affect the amount of money you get from Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Your money from OW or ODSP is reduced by the amount of spousal support.

But this happens only if your spouse actually gives you the money they are supposed to give you.

You have to tell OW or ODSP about the spousal support payments that you get. If you do not report the payments, you will have to pay back all or some of the money from OW or ODSP.

If you do not get your spousal support payment, OW or ODSP will not reduce the money they give you.