Ontario Government Is Making it Easier to Apply for ODSP

January 10, 2018

From a Government of Ontario bulletin: Ontario is taking an important step to make it easier for people to apply for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Starting January 15, 2018, registered nurses can complete all sections of forms used to determine if someone is eligible for the program, as well as medical review forms.

Currently, registered nurses can only complete one section of these forms while other health care professionals complete the rest. For people who have challenges accessing a health care professional, this change will make it easier for them to apply for ODSP.

In remote northern communities, such as First Nations communities, nursing stations are often the first point of contact for primary health services. This change will help reduce the time applicants have to wait to see another health care professional and therefore, apply for ODSP.

Making improvements to ODSP is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

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