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Changes to rules about child support payments

Important news for social assistance and Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) clients

The Ontario government is changing the rules so that in 2017 families receiving social assistance and ODSP will no longer have their social assistance benefits reduced by the amount of any child support they receive.

Starting January 1, 2017 for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and February 1, 2017 for Ontario Works, child support and CPP Orphan Benefit payments will be fully exempt as income and will no longer be deducted from clients’ social assistance payments.

This means that, after the exemption comes into effect, these clients will see an increase in the amount of income available to them.

In addition, clients will no longer be required to pursue child support payments as a condition of eligibility for social assistance, waivers will no longer be required in cases where it is unreasonable for the client to pursue these payments, and assignments of child support to the ministry and Ontario Works delivery partners will no longer be required.

Clients who are entitled to receive spousal support will still be required to pursue spousal support as a condition of eligibility.

Clients should speak to their caseworkers about how this change may affect their assistance.

After February 1, 2017 Ontario Works recipients:

  • Will no longer have to pursue child support as a condition of eligibility
  • Must still advise caseworker of any child support payments they are receiving
  • Child support payments will be 100% exempt

Revised: Monday August 22 2016

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