If you’re on PWD, and receive a gift, it’s yours
Annual Earning Exemptions:
- $15,000 for a single person with the Persons with Disabilities designation.
- $18,000 for a family with two adults where only one person has the Persons with Disabilities designation.
- $30,000 for a family where both adults have the Persons with Disabilities designation.
- There is no annual cap on payments people on disability assistance can receive from trusts (previous limit was $8,000 per year).
You can use your annual earnings exemption anytime during the year. For example, you may work a lot in some months and less in others. It won’t affect your monthly assistance amount until you earn more than your annual limit for that calendar year.
More on receiving gifts:
Previously, a PWD recipient could only receive a one-time cash gift without penalty as long as they did not exceed their cash asset limit. Gifts could not be periodic or ongoing and could not exceed the person’s cash asset limit. Now people on PWD will be able to receive multiple cash gifts with no effect on their eligibility for assistance. For example, if a family member wishes to help a child who is on PWD by giving them $200 per month for groceries, it will not affect that person’s eligibility for assistance, or reduce the amount they receive. In addition, inheritances, education and training allowances, bursaries and scholarships will not be counted as income and will not affect eligibility– previously such income would have been deducted dollar for dollar.