Ontario Disability Support Program
The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) provides financial and other benefits to people with serious health problems.
To be eligible for benefits, you must first show that you qualify financially.
Most applicants must also meet ODSP's definition of disability. Some people can qualify without meeting the definition, for example, people who get Canada Pension Plan disability benefits, and people over 65 who are not eligible for Old Age Security.
This rights guide is about who can get ODSP and what you must do to keep getting it. There are also other benefit programs for people with disabilities that you might want to check into.
Other benefit programs for people with disabilities
Some people with disabilities qualify for benefits under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The rules about CPP disability pensions are different from ODSP rules. To find out more, see CLEO's booklet CPP benefits: Are you entitled? Disability Pensions (PDF, 8 pages).
Depending on your situation, you might be entitled to other benefits, such as Employment Insurance sickness benefits, disability benefits through an employer's insurance plan or Veterans Affairs, pension benefits from another country where you once lived, or benefits from workers' compensation.
To find out more, you may want to contact your community legal clinic. See Social Assistance > Where to get help.
If you speak French
You have the right to get your ODSP-related government services in French.
If you are appealing a decision about your right to social assistance from ODSP, this could mean that you have the right to a hearing before a French-speaking member of the Social Benefits Tribunal, as well as other French language services.
To find out more about your language rights, ask a lawyer or a community legal clinic. See Social Assistance > Where to get help.