Change in Social Assistance Compensation Award Exemption Rules

Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

The government of Ontario is increasing the social assistance exemption limits on compensation awards for loss or injury in order to allow individuals to benefit more from these awards without reducing their income support.

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Compensation awards for pain and suffering are now fully exempt as income and assets for individuals receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and are exempt up to $50,000 for individuals receiving Ontario Works.

Raising exemption limits provides individuals receiving ODSP or Ontario Works with the flexibility to use their awards in a way which best meets their needs. For example, people are now able to use their compensation for day-to-day living expenses or to reduce any debt, not just for pre-approved disability-related costs. The change was effective as of August 1st.