Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Annual Earnings Exemption

Individuals receiving disability assistance are entitled to an earnings exemption, which allows them to earn income without it being deducted from their disability assistance.

In January 2015, the ministry replaced monthly earnings exemptions with the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) for all ministry clients receiving disability assistance.

How it Works

The AEE applies to earnings received between January 1 and December 31 each year. The AEE allows individuals receiving disability assistance to keep up to the following amount of earned income each calendar year.

The yearly AEE limits are:

  • $9,600 for a single individual who has the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation,
  • $12,000 for families with two adults, only one of which has the PWD designation, and
  • $19,200 for families where both adults have the PWD designation.

These amounts are equivalent to 12 times the previous monthly maximum for the calendar year.

Under the AEE, individuals receiving disability assistance are able to earn up to their AEE limit anytime during the calendar year, with no monthly maximums, without affecting their monthly disability benefits.

Important Information about AEE

If there is a change in family circumstances during the exemption year, the amount of the family unit’s AEE limit will be adjusted based on the circumstances of that change.

Individuals receiving disability assistance must complete a Monthly Report (stub) when they earn income, even if the amount of income has not changed from the last month. They must also report if they have any changes in circumstance. Reports must be submitted to the ministry by the 5th of the month.

Individuals receiving disability assistance may need to track their income and exemption limit if they expect to earn more than the annual limit before the end of the calendar year.

More information about AEE can be found under the Frequently Asked Questions section.