Travelling Outside Ontario when You Are Getting OW or ODSP

Source: 
Steps to Justice

1. Can I leave Ontario and still get income support from ODSP?

ANSWER

To qualify for income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you must live in Ontario.

But you can leave Ontario for 30 days or less and still get income support.

And ODSP can give you income support even if you're away more than 30 days.
They do this if they agree that you need to be away:

  • for health reasons,
  • to attend a college or university, or
  • for what ODSP calls "exceptional circumstances".

ODSP can approve you being away more than 30 days before you go or after you come back.

Away more than 30 days without approval from ODSP

ODSP will say that you have an overpayment for income support you get after being outside Ontario for 30 days without their approval.

And if you're away for several months or more, ODSP may also cut off or suspend your income support. If they suspend it, this means that they stop giving it to you for a period of time.

If you're part of a household, ODSP will reduce income support that goes to the household by the amount they pay for you. This includes the amount you get for housing.

 

2. Can I leave Ontario and still get financial assistance from Ontario Works?

ANSWER

To qualify for financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW), you must live in Ontario.

But you may still be able to get assistance if you leave Ontario for a short time. This is usually no more than 7 days.

If you're gone for 7 days or less, OW won't cut off your assistance for being away.

Leaving Ontario for more than 7 days

It's best to ask OW for approval before you leave Ontario.

If you're away for more than 7 days without approval from OW, they will cut off your assistance.

If you're part of a household, OW will reduce assistance that goes to the household by the amount that they pay for you. This includes the amount you get for housing.

And if they paid you assistance while you were outside Ontario for more than 7 days without their approval, they'll say that you have an overpayment.