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Am I eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?

The ODSP provides income support and employment support. These programs have different eligibility requirements.

Income Support

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Live in Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, a refugee claimant or convention refugee
  • Have a substantial physical or mental disability that:
    • Will last 1 year or more
    • Makes it hard for you to care for yourself or work

ODSP considers:

  • Your financial situation
  • If you are a "person with a disability" according to the definition in the law (the Ontario Disability Support Program Act)

The ODSP worker might ask you:

  • Do you have any income? How much?
  • Do others in your family have any income? How much?
  • How much are your housing costs?
  • What is your family size?
  • Do you have any assets? How much?

If you are 65 years old or older, and are not eligible for Old Age Security, you may also qualify for ODSP support.

You can use the Social Assistance Eligibility Estimator to see if you may be eligible for ODSP income support.

Employment Support

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Live in Ontario
  • Be able to work in Canada
  • Have a disability that is expected to last 1 year or more
  • Have a disability that makes it difficult to find or keep a job

You are not eligible if you are:

  • Eligible for or are getting disability benefits from other public or private sources
  • Getting Ontario Works

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Last Updated: November 11, 2011
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