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Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Handbook

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is designed to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities who are in financial need, or who want and are able to work and need support. Ontarians 65 years or older who are not eligible for Old Age Security may also qualify for ODSP supports if they are in financial need.

The program has two components:

Income Support

Income Support provides financial assistance and other benefits to eligible people with disabilities and their families. This includes accommodation and basic living expenses, as well as prescription drugs and basic dental care. Other supports and benefits that may be available include:

Other work-related, financial supports are available to eligible ODSP recipients who are participating in an approved employment-related activity (e.g. job search), starting or changing jobs, or participating in a training program.


To be eligible for Income Support under the ODSP, you must:

You may also qualify if you:

The amount of money you receive from the ODSP will vary depending on such factors as rent costs and family size.

Employment Supports

The ODSP Employment Supports program works with community service providers to help people with disabilities prepare for and find jobs, keep a job and advance their career. The program can also help people with disabilities become self-employed.

Some examples of the supports that may be available include:


ODSP Employment Supports help people who have a wide range of disabilities.

To be eligible for Employment Supports, you must:

Participation in Employment Supports is voluntary.

You do not have to be receiving ODSP Income Support to be eligible for Employment Supports.

If you are eligible for, or receiving disability or rehabilitation benefits from other public or private sources, you may not be eligible for ODSP Employment Supports.

People who participate in Ontario Works are not eligible for ODSP Employment Supports. They receive employment assistance from Ontario Works.

The ODSP is managed and delivered by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. If you would like more information on the program, you can contact your local ODSP Income Support office http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/pillars/social/contacts/odsp_income_contact.htm or local ODSP Employment Supports office http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/pillars/social/contacts/odsp_employment_contact.htm.

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Taken from http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/pillars/social/programs/odsp.htm and edited for greater accessibility.

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