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In Case You Missed It - Changes to ODSP

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 2018Registered nurses can now fill out all eligibility forms

Increased Rates:

Everyone on ODSP started receiving 2% more.

Increased Exemptions:

  • 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.



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