What can I do about an ODSP overpayment?
Question & AnswerWhat can I do about an ODSP overpayment?
1. Ask ODSP for details
When the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) says you have an , make sure to ask them for details in writing. ODSP should give you a letter saying:
- why they think you have an overpayment
- what you can do if you don’t agree with their decision
ODSP should not collect an overpayment from you unless they can prove:
- why there’s an overpayment
- the amount of the overpayment
The overpayment could be money you got from ODSP or from Ontario Works (OW).
Why overpayments happen
Overpayments can happen for many reasons. For example:
- You had or that you didn’t report.
- Something changed in your life and you didn’t report it. For example, you started to pay less for your housing or someone moved in with you.
- You got and did not win your appeal to the .
- You didn’t follow the agreement you made to pay back social assistance that you got while waiting for other benefits, like Employment Insurance.
- ODSP or OW made a mistake and gave you more money than they were supposed to.