1. Check the deadline for starting your appeal

How do I appeal a decision about ODSP income support to the Social Benefits Tribunal?
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1. Check the deadline for starting your appeal

You can start your appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT) as soon as you ask for an internal review.

You must ask for an internal review before you can start your appeal to the SBT. But you do not have to wait for an internal review decision.

You start your appeal by completing the SBT’s Appeal Form. See more in Step 3.

Deadline for sending in your Appeal Form

After asking for an internal review Deadline for sending Appeal Form to the SBT

If you get a decision within 30 days of asking for an internal review

Send the Appeal Form within 30 days of the date you get the internal review decision

If you do not get a decision within 30 days of asking for an internal review

Send the Appeal Form within 60 days of the date you asked for an internal review


If the internal review decision was mailed to you

If the local ODSP office or the Disability Adjudication Unit mails its decision, the rules say that you get it 3 days after they mail it to you. So your deadline is no later than 33 days from the mailing date.

There should be a mailing date stamped on the envelope by Canada Post. It might not be the same as the date on the decision.

Always keep the letter and the envelope so you can prove when you got the decision.

If you miss the deadline

If you miss the deadline for sending in the Appeal Form, you can ask for more time. You should explain on the form why you’re late.

A community legal clinic may be able to help you if you need to explain why you missed the deadline.

Reviewed: November 30, 2016

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