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I get income support from ODSP. Do I have to apply for disability benefits from the Canada Pension Plan?

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I get income support from ODSP. Do I have to apply for disability benefits from the Canada Pension Plan?
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I get income support from ODSP. Do I have to apply for disability benefits from the Canada Pension Plan?
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August 21, 2017
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The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) has a general rule about trying to get other income. This rule says you have to make "reasonable efforts" to get income that you might be able to get from other sources.

So, ODSP will usually say that you must apply for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits if there’s a chance you could get them.

Workers pay into the CPP, which is called making contributions.

When workers do this, they might be able to get CPP disability benefits if they can no longer work because they have a disability.

If you apply for CPP disability benefits

ODSP can ask you to pay back income support out of money that you get in the future.

So, while you wait for CPP disability benefits, you have to sign forms that say you agree to pay ODSP back money you owe. You'll owe money if you get those benefits for a period of time that you got income support from ODSP. See Step 2.

If you don’t apply for CPP disability benefits

ODSP can cut off your income support or reduce the amount you get if you:

If you disagree with an ODSP decision

Talk to a community legal clinic if you disagree with a decision that ODSP makes. The clinic may be able to help you appeal the decision.

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