At the end of 2017, the Government of Ontario made some significant changes to Ontario’s social assistance programs, including ODSP. So in case you missed it (ICYMI), here’s a summary of what’s changed, effective September 2017:
Making ODSP Work Better for You:
- If you previously applied for ODSP and were found ineligible after you were reviewed, you can apply again, without having to go through the review process.
- If you were on ODSP, and exited, you can be re-instated regardless of the reason you exited.
- If you are on the Transitional Health Benefits, batteries and repairs for mobility devices were added to the list of benefits
- In April 2017, the medical review process was simplified with a new, easier-to-fill-out form
- Medical and business travel kilometre rates increased to 40 cents/km
- NEW in January 2018 – Registered nurses can now fill out all eligibility forms
Everyone on ODSP started receiving 2% more.
- Asset limits, including cash assets were raised to $40,000 for single people, and $50,000 for couples
- Cash gift income exemptions increased to $10,000
- The monthly deduction for employment expenses that arise as a result of your disability increased to $1000
- Compensation received for pain and suffering (i.e. from a law suit) are fully exempt
- In October 2017, the CPP Disabled Contributor’s Child Benefit became fully exempt
- In December 2017, arts grants and Indigenous Culture Fund grants are exempt
For more details on ODSP, visit the Ministry of Community and Social Services website.