Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is a government-funded program in the province of Ontario, Canada. It provides financial assistance and other benefits to eligible individuals with disabilities to help them meet their basic living needs.


1. What is the purpose of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?
The primary purpose of ODSP is to provide financial support to individuals with disabilities who are in financial need. It aims to help them cover their basic expenses, such as food, shelter, and clothing.

2. Who is eligible to receive support through the ODSP?
To be eligible for ODSP, individuals must meet certain criteria, including having a disability that is expected to last a year or more, being at least 18 years old, living in Ontario, and demonstrating financial need. A comprehensive assessment process is conducted to determine eligibility.

3. What types of support does the ODSP provide?
ODSP provides various types of support, including monthly financial assistance for basic needs, prescription drug coverage, dental care, and vision care benefits. It may also offer employment supports, such as training programs and job placement assistance.

4. How is the amount of financial assistance determined under the ODSP?
The amount of financial assistance provided by the ODSP is based on individual circumstances. It takes into account factors such as the person’s living arrangements, family size, income, and disability-related expenses. Each case is evaluated individually to ensure fair and appropriate support.

5. Can someone already receiving disability benefits from other sources still apply for ODSP?
Yes, individuals who are receiving disability benefits from other sources, such as the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits or Workers’ Compensation, can still apply for ODSP. However, the amount received from other sources may be considered when determining the level of ODSP support.