2. Learn when ODSP might pay money to a trustee

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The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) can decide to pay your to a trustee. Step 3 has more details about trustees.

ODSP may do this if they decide that you need help to manage your money because you’re likely to use your income support in a way that’s not good for you or others in your household.

ODSP will ask you to agree about having a trustee. If you don’t agree, they can still decide to pay your assistance to a trustee.

What ODSP looks at when they decide

When ODSP decides to pay your income support to a trustee, they look at things like:

  • Have you asked for help managing your money?
  • Does ODSP have reliable information from someone else that shows you need help managing your money?
  • Do you often run out of money to buy food or pay your rent?
  • Would it solve the problem if ODSP paid your rent or utilities directly to your landlord or the utility company?

ODSP can use information from other people, including:

  • your family
  • your friends and neighbours
  • people who know you, for example, doctors or social workers
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