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Ontario disability support program

If you have a disability and need help with your living expenses, you may be eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

ODSP offers:

  • Financial assistance to help you and your family with essential living expenses
  • Benefits, for you and your family, including prescription drugs and vision care
  • Help to find a job and advance your career

Apply for ODSP

To apply for ODSP, visit the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services website or call the ODSP office at 613-787-3951.

It sometimes takes several months to find out if you can get ODSP. If you cannot wait for help, you can apply for immediate financial help through the Ontario Works program.

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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