Reporting work and training income: Filling out the Employment/Training Income Report form

You need to tell your caseworker how much money you and the adults in your family make. This includes pay from a job or training program.

To help you report your earnings, you get an Employment/Training Income Report form payment each month.

Why do I need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form?

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. We want to make sure that the money you receive from ODSP each month is the right amount. You can help us to do that by filling out this form and getting it in to us on time.

When do I need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form?

If you or another adult in your family are working, or are paid for training, you need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form every month, unless you are told otherwise.

Your completed form tells ODSP how much money you and the adults in your family were paid between the first day of the month and the last day of the previous month.

If I didn't earn anything this month, do I still need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form?

Yes. If you are still employed or are participating in a paid training program, you must fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form even if you didn’t earn anything this month.

If you or another adult in your family have no earnings to report this month from your employment or paid training program, put $0 under the gross pay and net pay sections when you fill out the form.

What do I need to report?

You need to report your:

  • gross pay - This is the amount you get paid before all deductions like income tax, EI and CPP, etc.
  • net pay - This is the amount you get paid after all deductions like income tax, EI and CPP, etc.

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.

In addition, you and adult family members must also use the form to tell us about:

  • changes to your employment situation (starting or stopping work)
  • work-related expenses such as:
    • child care expenses
    • disability-related work expenses

ODSP lets you deduct child care and disability-related work costs from your earnings. Remember to submit your receipts for these expenses.

How will my earnings affect my ODSP income support?

You can earn up to $200 a month without having your income support reduced. 50 per cent of your net earnings (or business profits, if you are self-employed) above $200 a month, are deducted from your income support payment.

If you’re attending a secondary or post-secondary school full-time, we won’t deduct any of your earnings from your ODSP income support.

Speak with your caseworker to find how your earnings or business profits will affect your ODSP income support.

What do I do after I fill out the form?

After you or an adult family member fill out the form:

  • attach copies of receipts for child care expenses or disability-related work expenses for the month (if applicable)
  • mail, fax, or drop off your Employment/Training Income Report form to your local ODSP office no later than the 7th day of the following month. For example, you should report your September earnings no later than October 7.

Remember to keep your paystubs and receipts in case we ask for them in the future.

What if I forget to send the form in on time?

If we don’t receive your form by the 7th day of the following month, we may not be able to calculate how much money you should receive at the end of the month. This means we may have to temporarily stop your ODSP payments until you send us your completed form.

Once the ODSP office receives your form, we can start sending you your payments again, as long as you still qualify for them.

What if I stop working or attending a training program?

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

  • tell your caseworker right away
  • 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
  • send the Employment/Training Income Report form to your caseworker.

Your caseworker may ask you to provide verification that your job or training program has ended. This could be a copy of your Record of Employment or a letter from your employer.

Additional Resources

For more information, please contact your local ODSP office.
Download a copy of the Employment/Training Income Report form.