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Can ODSP pay my assistance to someone else for me?

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Can ODSP pay my assistance to someone else for me?

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August, 2017
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There are times when the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) can pay all or part of your income support to someone else.

Paying money that you owe

ODSP can do this if you owe money to someone. For example, ODSP can pay your landlord or your utility company directly. See Step 1.

Paying your assistance to a trustee

ODSP can decide to pay your assistance to a trustee. This is someone who manages your money for you. ODSP chooses this person. Steps 2 and 3 have more information about trustees.

ODSP can do this if they think you're using or likely to use your income support in a way that's not good for you or others in your household. See Steps 2 and 3.

For example, you run out of money for food because you have a gambling problem. ODSP may use a trustee to manage your income support for you.

If you disagree with an ODSP decision

If you don't agree with a decision ODSP makes about paying your income support to someone else, you may be able to appeal. See Step 4.

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