Reporting your earnings each month

It is important for you to tell us about any earnings you, your spouse or adult dependants receive each month. The amount of money you are paid in your job or training program in one month will be used to calculate the amount of money you receive from ODSP in the following month.

To help you report your earnings, you get the Employment/Training Income Report form with your ODSP cheque or your direct bank deposit statement at the end of every month.

Why do I report my earnings?

We use the information to calculate how much money you will get from ODSP each month.

We want to make sure that you receive the right amount. You can help us do that by filling out the Employment/Training Income Report form accurately and returning it to us on time.

What information do I report?

It is important for you to tell us about any earnings you, your spouse or adult dependants received between the first day of the month and the last day of the month.

Please report your:

  • gross pay - This is the amount you get paid before all deductions like income tax, Employment  Insurance (EI) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • net pay - This is the amount you get paid after all deductions like income tax, EI and CPP

Note:If you receive tips or gratuities, you must include it in the net pay amount. If there are no deductions on your paystub/cheque, your net pay will be the same amount as your gross pay.

You must also report any deductions for:

  • payments for child or spousal support owed
  • other garnishments to repay a debt

Note: The Employment/Training Income Report form has an example of a completed earnings report on the reverse side.

How do I report my earnings?

Use the Employment/Training Income Report to report earnings from employment or training that you or your adult family members receive between the first day of the month and the last day of the month. You must return it by the seventh of the following month. For example, report any income earnings that you received in September by October 7.

Unless your caseworker has told you otherwise, you may:
1. Attach your paystubs and receipts to your ETIR, or
2. Keep your paystubs and receipts in case we ask to see them in the future.

Here's an example:

You receive $250 between September 1 and September 30.

You:

  • fill out the Employment/Training Income Report, and
  • send it into your local ODSP office by October 7.
We will use the information you report to calculate how much money you will receive at the end of October.
calendar showing September and October

What happens if I forget?

If you are required to report your earnings monthly, and we don’t receive your report by the seventh day of the month, we may not be able to calculate how much money you should receive at the end of the month. That means we may have to temporarily stop your ODSP payments and benefits.

Once you send your completed report to your local ODSP office, we can start sending your payments and benefits again, as long as you still qualify for them.

What if I didn't earn anything this month from my job or training program?

If you have a job or you're in a training program, but you didn't earn anything this month you still need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report and return it to your local ODSP office by the seventh day of the following month.

When you fill out the form:

  • put $0 under the gross pay and net pay sections

What if I’ve stopped working?

If you or an adult family member stop working or attending a training program, you need to:

  1. tell your caseworker right away
  2. fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form that month, and include:
    • when your job or training program ended, and
    • the name of your employer or training program
  3. send the Employment/Training Income Report form to your caseworker

You may be asked to provide verification that your job or training program has ended. For example, you may need to send in a copy of your Record of Employment or a letter from your employer.

If you have stopped working, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance. To find out more about Canada's Employment Insurance program and how to apply, you can contact Service Canada by:

Telephone: 1-800 206-7218
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1 800 529-3742
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca