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Can I get income support from ODSP if I get an inheritance?

Can I get income support from ODSP if I get an inheritance?
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Reviewed: 
September 1, 2017
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Long delays for appeal hearings

If you're appealing a decision made by OW or ODSP in 2020, your appeal hearing may not happen for a long time. People report that they're getting hearing dates from the Social Benefits Tribunal that are between 9 and 16 months in the future. We'll update this information as things change.

An inheritance is money or other property that you get from someone who has died.

Getting an inheritance can affect whether you can get income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). This is because ODSP has rules about the maximum amount of income and assets someone on income support can have.

Rules about income and assets

To qualify financially for ODSP, your income can’t be more than a certain amount. That amount depends on the number of people in your household and the cost of your housing.

ODSP looks at your assets because your assets can’t be worth more than a certain amount. This amount also depends on the number of people in your household.

Some income and assets are “exempt”. This means that ODSP does not count them when they add up how much your income and assets are worth.

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