What is Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Income Support?

ODSP provides income support to people over the age of 18 who meet the following legislated definition of disability and who are in financial need.

Who is eligible for ODSP Income Support?

A person with a disability, who has a substantial physical or mental impairment that is continuous or recurrent and expected to last one year or more (as per the Ontario Disability Support Program Act (ODSPA)), may be eligible for ODSP income support if the disability results in a substantial restriction in his/her ability to do one or more of the following:

  • Attending to personal care;
  • Functioning in the community; or
  • Functioning in the workplace.

In some circumstances, you may be found eligible if:

  • You receive disability benefits under the Canada Pension Plan;
  • You are 65 or older and are not eligible for Old Age Security (OAS);
  • You reside at a psychiatric facility; or

You reside in a facility under the Development Services Act or in a home under the Homes for Special Care Act.

Applying for ODSP income support includes two steps.

  1. You must be found to be financially eligible. Your assets, income, and shelter expenses will be reviewed to confirm that you are eligible.
  2. You must be found to be eligible as a person with a disability as described in the ODSPA legislation.

Are you financially eligible?

Assets

Under the ODSP, you may have assets up the following amounts:

  • $5,000 for a single person;
  • an additional $2,500 if you have a spouse (for a total of $7,500); and
  • an additional $500 for each dependent child.

Allowable assets include such items as your principle residence or your primary vehicle.

Income

Your income will also be taken into account when determining eligibility. The following are some of the types of income that will affect your financial eligibility for ODSP:

  • Canada Pension Plan,
  • Workers' Safety Insurance Board (formerly Workers' Compensation Board),
  • Employment Insurance,
  • Payments you receive from your sponsor if you are a sponsored immigrant,
  • Earnings,
  • Rent that you receive,
  • Income from roomers and boarders, and
  • Support payments.

Shelter Expenses

Shelter expenses, up to a maximum amount, include the following items:

  • Rent,
  • Property insurance,
  • Hydro,
  • Heat,
  • Mortgage,
  • Taxes, and
  • Condominium expenses.

All types of assets and income belonging to you or any member of your family will be discussed with you as part of determining your financial eligibility. Your shelter costs will also be reviewed.Applying for ODSP income supportYou will need a Disability Determination Package to apply for income support. If you are financially eligible, these packages can be obtained at local ODSP or Ontario Works offices. These packages are made up of four forms:

  1. Health Status Report that is filled out by an expert such as a doctor or psychiatrist.
  2. Activities of Daily Living Report, which is also filled out by an expert who describes your condition.
  3. A personal report form where you can detail your own situation.
  4. A medical consent form that allows your doctor to share information with the Disability Adjudication Unit.

You have 90 days after you receive the package to have it filled out and returned to the Disability Adjudication Unit. A trained adjudicator will assess the information you provide and make a decision.

What kinds of supports are available?

If you qualify for ODSP income supports, you will receive monthly income support that is based on the following:

  • Size of the family,
  • Age of dependent children or adults,
  • Shelter costs, and
  • Availability and receipt of income.

You may also be eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • Prescription drugs,
  • Dental services,
  • Eyeglasses,
  • Hearing aids,
  • Special diet benefits,
  • Employment supports (please refer to the Employment Supports fact sheet for more information), and
  • Special necessities, such as diabetic supplies, surgical supplies and dressings, transportation for medical appointments and wheelchair repairs and batteries).

What if the application is denied?

If you are advised that you do not qualify either financially or as a person with a disability, you may request an internal review. If you are unsatisfied with the results of the internal review, you may appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal. You may not appeal to the Tribunal before requesting an internal review.

How to apply.

If you are in immediate financial need, contact your local Ontario Works office. Contact your local ODSP office directly if you don't require financial assistance while awaiting a decision on eligibility. Telephone numbers of your nearest Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support fices can be found in the Blue Pages of the telephone book.

Ministry Offices

For the nearest office of the ministry, please see Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Children & Youth Services in the Government of Ontario Section of the blue pages of your telephone directory.

 

Central Region

Barrie

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
34 Simcoe Street
Barrie ON L4N 6T4

Tel: (705) 737-1311
Toll Free: 1-800-461-7551
TDD/TTY: (705) 737-9601
Fax: (705) 737-4197

Services available in French and English

Brampton

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
370 Main Street North, Unit 2
Brampton ON L6V 4A4

Tel: (905) 460-5025
Toll Free: 1-877-466-5025
TTY: (905) 460-2590
Fax: (905) 455-8900

Services available in French and English

Burlington

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
2180 Itabashi Way
Unit #1, Building B
Burlington ON L7M 5A5

Tel: (905) 637-4500
Toll Free: 1-800-567-6388
TTY: (905) 681-0720
Fax: (905) 681-0422

Cambridge

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
73 Water St. N., Suite 400
4th Floor
Cambridge ON N1R 7L6

Tel: (519) 623-1230
Toll Free: 1-888-214-0738
TDD: (519) 623-6593
Fax: (519) 623-4752

Guelph

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
86 Gordon Street
Guelph ON N1H 4H6

Tel: (519) 822-7500
Toll Free: 1-800-567-2953
TDD/TTY: (519) 822-1561
Fax: (519) 837-0789

Kitchener/Waterloo

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
715 Fischer Hallman Road
Unit 301
Kitchener ON N2E 4E9

Tel: (519) 886-4700
Toll Free: 1-800-441-9820
TDD: (519) 886-8304
Fax: (519) 886-8997

Newmarket

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
17310 Yonge Street
Unit 1 Newmarket ON L3Y 7R8

Tel: (905) 868-8900
Toll Free: 1-877-669-6658
TDD/TTY: (905) 715-7759
Fax: (905) 715-7662

Mississauga

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
4 Robert Speck Parkway, 14th floor
Mississauga ON L4Z 1S1

Tel: (905) 897-3100
Toll Free: 1-800-361-0897
TDD/TTY: (905) 897-3109
Fax: (905) 897-5129

Services available in French and English

Orillia

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Income and Employment Supports
700 Memorial Ave, 2nd Floor
Cottage C PO Box 98
Orillia ON L3V 6H9

General Inquiry: (705) 325-7408
Toll Free: 1-800-565-9871
TTY: (705) 325-3887
Fax: (705) 325-0443

Services available in French and English