Who’s considered an Ontario resident for OSAP purposes?

To get OSAP for full-time students:

  • you need to have always lived in Ontario or
  • Ontario is the last province you lived in for 12 months in a row without being a full-time postsecondary student
  • you live in Ontario now AND have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

If you are married/common-law, you can be considered an Ontario resident if:

  • your spouse has always lived in Ontario or
  • your spouse has lived in Ontario for the last 12 months in a row without being a full-time postsecondary student or
  • All of these statements are true:
    • you now reside in Ontario
    • you’ve lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
    • your spouse has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

If you qualify as a dependent student, you’re considered an Ontario resident if:

  • Ontario is the last province in which your parent(s) have lived in for at least 12 months in a row or
  • All of these statements are true:
    • you now reside in Ontario
    • you’ve lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
    • your parent(s) have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

To get OSAP for part-time students:

You need to be living in Ontario during your part-time studies.

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Updated: September 11, 2014