What You Need to Know About the Changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

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As of Friday, September 1, 2017, the Provincial Government made some rather significant changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), one of Ontario’s social assistance programs.

ODSP provides income and employment supports to eligible Ontario residents (over age 18) who have disabilities. Financial and tax expert, Graeme Treeby has created a Special Needs Planner to advise parents on these important changes to ODSP.

Click here to view the Special Needs Planner.

About 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 finding and keeping a job, and advancing your career

To qualify for ODSP income support, you must:
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be an Ontario resident
  • be in financial need and
  • meet the program’s definition of a person with a disability
Note: If you’re under 18, you can start the application process up to six months before your 18th birthday.

More information about ODSP visit the Ministry’s website.
To apply, click here.

For other funding and financial planning information, please speak to your child’s team or visit the CTN online resource centre.

Graeme Treeby of The Special Needs Planning Group has information that may be of assistance to you. Please note: this information is shared for your convenience; however, it is not to be taken as financial advice, but rather as a resource to provide a starting point for funding applications and planning for people with a disability and their families.