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My spouse and I have separated. What will happen when I apply for ODSP income support?

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My spouse and I have separated. What will happen when I apply for ODSP income support?

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October, 2016
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You may be able to get income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) as a single person or a sole-support parent if you and your spouse:

  • have separated, and
  • don’t plan to get back together

But ODSP must believe that you’ve separated and don’t plan to get back together or they’ll see you as a couple

ODSP rules say that couples have to apply together for assistance.

Getting help

You should get legal advice if ODSP says you must apply as a couple. 

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)

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