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Help for people with a disability

Ontario disability support program

ODSP is provides income and employment assistance for people with disabilities.

If you receive financial assistance, you may apply to ODSP if you meet all of these conditions:

  • You are disabled, or believe you are disabled
  • You are over 18 years-old
  • You have a substantial health condition expected to last more than two years

If you are not on social assistance, you can still apply to ODSP. To apply, contact the Ministry of Community and Social Services at 613-787-3951.

Medical information review

The Disability Adjudication Unit will contact you directly to review the medical portion of your application. You do not need to go through this step if:

  • You are receiving CPP disability
  • You are 65 years or over
  • You are already receiving Ontario Works disability support and your condition is not expected to improve

ODSP compared to Ontario Works

ODSP provides significantly more funding than Ontario Works. If you do not qualify for ODSP the first time you apply, then you will have to use the Ontario Works asset levels.

It sometimes takes several months to determine if you are eligible for ODSP. If you cannot wait for help, you can apply for Ontario Works. The Employment and Financial Assistance branch can help you to apply for ODSP.

Employment and people with disabilities

There are programs and services available to help persons with a disability find a job.

Employment supports for people with disabilities

  • Provides employment supports people with disabilities need to get and keep a job
  • Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Available to persons with a physical or intellectual disability that presents a substantial barrier to employment
  • Offers help with planning, training and supports including technical aids, interpreter services and travel costs. If you presently receive ODSP, call your case worker.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

  • Provides workplace safety and insurance for workers in Ontario
  • Funded by the Government of Ontario
  • Anyone eligible for WSIB benefits can apply
  • Contact your local WSIB office to find out what services are available

Canada Pension Plan

  • An income support program for people with disabilities
  • Funded by Human Resource Development Canada
  • Available to anyone who has paid into the Canada Pension Plan
  • Provides disability pension benefits

Ontario March of Dimes

  • A resource network for persons with disabilities
  • Funded in by government and private donations
  • Offered to any person with a disability, however some restrictions may apply to individual programs
  • Services include personal and employment supports and programs, vocational assessments, work re-entry programs, individual counselling and other related resources

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