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Understanding Credit Status for ODSP Clients: A Guide to Credit Cards and Debt

If you’re on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you may be wondering how it affects your credit status. Whether you’re a long-term ODSP client or have recently experienced an accident or illness that’s left you struggling to adjust to a new normal, you deserve to rest easy knowing your financial affairs are in order. If you’re an ODSP client, here’s what you need to know about credit cards and credit card debt.


Accessing Credit Cards while on ODSP: What You Need to Know

Almost every person will experience disability, be it long-term or temporary, at some point in their lifetime. The ODSP is a provincial program providing Ontario residents with income and employment support and other benefits to help them live with their disabilities while maintaining a good quality of life. Even if you’re not a candidate for ODSP now, you may someday require the assistance it provides.


Being a recipient of ODSP doesn’t exclude you from applying for a credit card. If you meet the credit card issuer’s eligibility criteria, you’re free to undertake the credit card agreement. The credit card company may, however, ask you to provide additional documentation to prove your income and eligibility.


Good Credit Card Practices

If you’re in the market for a new credit card, be wary of high-profile cards with enticing rewards programs. To avoid financial stress, read the small print before applying and choose a credit card offering minimal fees and low interest rates. Making late payments or defaulting on your credit card debt can negatively affect your credit score. It’s best to maintain good credit card practices to ensure yourself the best chances of borrowing in the future.


Are You Struggling with Credit Card Debt?

If you’re currently experiencing financial struggles, your first step is to let go of any embarrassment you might feel and ask for qualified help. Whether your debts are the result of your injury or simply due to unfortunate decisions, there are ways to correct your course and create a better future for yourself.


Bankruptcy isn’t the only option for ODSP recipients. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, the good news is that your ODSP benefits are exempt from garnishment. That means, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being unable to make your payments, your creditors aren’t permitted to seize your ODSP funds to cover your debt. A licensed insolvency trustee can give you clarity on your options and help you navigate whatever process best suits you.


Credit Card Debt Assistance in Ottawa and Across Ontario

If you’re an ODSP client struggling to regain control of your finances, the team at D. & A. MacLeod Company Ltd. is committed to helping you find your healthy financial balance. We’ll help you determine the best strategy for reducing or eliminating your debt load. To provide you with optimal convenience and accessibility, we offer both in-person and virtual appointments for clients in Ottawa and across Ontario. Contact us today to book your free, confidential consultation.

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