You may want to get help from a community legal clinic to make sure you apply to the right income assistance programs at the right times.
A clinic may also be able to help you if you disagree with a decision about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS), or Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS).
Decisions about ODSP
If you disagree with a decision by ODSP, you may be able to appeal the decision.
To appeal means that you ask the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT) to decide that the decision is wrong.
But before you can appeal a decision to the SBT, you must ask for an internal review of the decision. And you must do this within 30 days from the date you got the decision.
If you miss the deadline, you can still ask for an internal review. Do this as soon as you can.
Decisions about CPP or OAS
If you disagree with a decision from Service Canada about payments from the CPP or the OAS program, you may be able to appeal to the Social Security Tribunal.
But first you must ask Service Canada to do a reconsideration. You must do this within 90 days of getting the decision you disagree with.
If you don't agree with the decision you get after the reconsideration, you may be able to appeal to the Social Security Tribunal.
If you disagree with a decision by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) about your CPP pension, you may be able to appeal to the Minister of National Revenue. This means that you ask CRA to reconsider its decision. You must do this within 90 days after getting the decision you disagree with.
If you don't agree with CRA's decision after your first appeal, you may be able to appeal to the Tax Court of Canada.
Decisions about GAINS
If you disagree with a decision that the Ontario Ministry of Finance makes about GAINS payments, you can fill out a Notice of Objection form.
Once you've filled out the Notice, you mail it to the Ministry.
The Ministry must get your Notice of Objection within 90 days from the date they mailed their decision to you.