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Full Child Support Exemption for Parents on OW and ODSP Coming This Month / Exemption complète des pensions alimentaires pour enfants dès ce mois-ci
Information from Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC): Starting later this month, parents on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program will be able to keep the full amount of any child support payments they may receive.
The provincial government announced the full exemption of child support in June 2016. The exemption means that child support will no longer be deducted from OW and ODSP benefits.
We've created two new fact sheets with details about this important change.
The exemption will apply only to money for periods after the exemption comes into effect. Child support that is received for periods before the exemption starts will still be deducted from OW or ODSP benefits.
There are also changes coming to the way spousal support payments will be received and deducted from benefits.
The first fact sheet will give parents what they need to know about this important change.
- You can download the fact sheet for parents in English: http://incomesecurity.org/publications/social-assistance-general/Child-Support-and-Social-Assistance-Info-for-Parents-January-5-2017.docx
- Or in French: http://incomesecurity.org/publications/social-assistance-general/Le-traitement-des-pensions-pour-enfants-dans-OT-POSPH-les-parents-FR-Jan-2017.docx
We’ve also created a fact sheet for family law lawyers who are dealing with child and spousal support issues for their clients. If you are a recipient getting legal advice, you may wish to take this fact sheet to them for their information.
- You can download the fact sheet for family lawyers in English: http://incomesecurity.org/publications/social-assistance-general/Child-Support-and-Social-Assistance-Info-for-Family-Lawyers-December-2016.docx
- Or in French: http://incomesecurity.org/publications/social-assistance-general/Le-traitement-de-la-pension-alimentaire-pour-enfants-par-OT-POSPH-avocats-en-droit-de-la-famille-FR-Dec-2016.docx
The Ministry of Community and Social Services expects that almost 19,000 families will benefit from this change, of an average of $282 per month or $3,380 annually.
The end of the dollar-for-dollar clawback of child support from OW and ODSP benefits is very good news for parents on social assistance who get child support. It’s also a victory for the many advocates and activists, including ISAC and partners at Campaign 2000, who have been pushing for these changes for many years, and an important move on behalf of the government to make the OW and ODSP systems better for the people who rely on them.