Can I leave Ontario and still get ODSP?

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 that are between 9 and 16 months in the future. We’ll update this information as things change.

To qualify for 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. Step 2 talks about asking for approval.

Away more than 30 days without approval from ODSP

ODSP will say that you have an 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.

Step 3 talks about getting help if you have a problem with ODSP.

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