News from Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

The Ministry of Community and Social Services has two core businesses: income and employment supports, and social and community services. Services are provided to those who are in need, including: adults; children and youth; and people with physical and developmental disabilities.

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Improving the Medical Review Process for ODSP clients

By March 2016, the Ministry of Community and Social Services will begin working with stakeholders and advocates to design a new, simpler medical review process and form.

February 04, 2016

New Implementation Date for Employment-Related Benefit

Ontario will delay the implementation of the new, flexible Employment-Related benefit to October 1, 2015.

February 11, 2015

Changes to the Special Diet Allowance

Effective January 25, 2013, Ontario updated the Special Diet Allowance to include people on social assistance who have chronic hepatitis C with a body mass index of less than 25.

February 13, 2013

Reviewing Ontario's social assistance

A new FAQ has been posted by the provincial government, listing 10 questions that explain how it intends to respond to the Social Assistance Review.

October 29, 2012

Removal of home repairs benefits from OW and ODSP

For recipients of Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits, if you are in need of repairs to your home, applications will only be accepted for these benefits up to June 30, 2012.

June 11, 2012

Province denies special diet help

The Ministry of Community and Social Services has decided - against the recommendations of its own panel of health professionals - that some people who have muscular dystrophy and weight-loss issues will no longer receive the special diet allowance.

September 08, 2011

September 28: Videoconference on Disabilities and Estate Planning

Date September 28, 2011
Time 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Central Community Network of Specialized Care presents "Disabilities and Estate Planning," with Kenneth Pope, a lawyer who works with individuals with disabilities and their families.

September 06, 2011

Online Application for Social Assistance

It is now possible to apply online for Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Temporary Care Assistance, and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities. At present, this service is available only in certain cities, but it will soon be available throughout the province.

May 09, 2011