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Working while you are on social assistance

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Do earnings exemptions apply to money that everyone in my household earns?

Usually, the general rules about earnings exemptions apply to money that anyone in your household earns from:

  • a job
  • a training allowance
  • being self-employed

But, there are some special rules. For example, OW or ODSP will not subtract money earned by someone who is:

  • a full-time high school student
  • a full-time student in a post-secondary program, like at a college or university

And they will not subtract money earned by your children under 18 who live with you and are part of your household.