News from ODSP Action Coalition

The ODSP Action Coalition pushes for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) legislative and policy improvements and for improvements to the way social assistance recipients are treated by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

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Register now for April 20 webinar on ODSP and Arts Council Grants

When: April 20, 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Where: Online

The ODSP Action Coalition, in cooperation with Workman Arts and other artists' groups, explains the rules about arts grants to artists who are deaf or disabled.

April 12, 2017

March Action Kit: Save the Work Related Benefit

The ODSP Action Coalition is launching the third action in its six month campaign to highlight the shortcomings of the ODSP system. For March, we are urging members to take steps to save the Work Related Benefit.

March 24, 2015

Survey: What will you do without the $100 Work-Related Benefit?

The $100 Work-Related Benefit that people on ODSP currently receive if they are working is being eliminated. The ODSP Action Coalition asks that you complete their survey.

January 09, 2015

Register today for September 26 webinar: ODSP: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

When: September 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar describes recent updates and changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

September 19, 2013

October 9: Workshop on Civic Engagement and Advocacy for ODSP recipients

Date Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time 9 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Place Children's Aid Society of Toronto, 30 Isabella St.
Contact Chris Ramsaroop
Phone 1-866-245-4072 ext. 5151 or 416-597-5820 ext. 5151

The ODSP Action Coalition's Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee invites you to participate in their October workshop on Civic Engagement and Advocacy.

August 22, 2013

Few Prospects for People with Disabilities in Welfare Reform Report

"Disability will still be a life sentence to poverty if this report's recommendations are implemented," says Kyle Vose, co-chair, ODSP Action Coalition.

October 30, 2012

Take Action on Ontario Budget 2012

The ODSP Action Coalition urges Ontarians to take action on the 2012 Ontario budget by participating in a short online survey.

April 05, 2012

The three major parties answer questions about Ontario Disability Support Program

The ODSP Action Coalition has asked each of the three major parties, NDP, Liberal, & Progressive Conservative, to respond to a series of questions they had around ODSP. The answers given by each of the parties are attached.

September 28, 2011

Facilitator's Guide for a Workshop on the Social Assistance Review: French-language version now available

The Social Assistance Review Facilitator's Guide in French is now available. If you're a community leader or working at a community-based organization, and you're planning to organize a discussion about the Review, you may find the facilitator's guide very valuable.

July 24, 2011

ODSP Action Coalition Meets Commission Reviewing Social Assistance

Representatives of the ODSP Action Coalition have met with Francis Lankin and Munir Sheikh, the commissioners who are currently reviewing Ontario Works and ODSP, and have given them highlights from the Coalition's submission, Dignity, Adequacy, Inclusion: Rethinking the Ontario Disability Support Program.

July 12, 2011

Report: Telling Our Stories: Disability Should Not Equal Poverty

The ODSP Action Coalition has released a report that summarizes and quotes people from all over Ontario on ODSP who have shared their struggles to survive.

July 18, 2010

July 7: Telling Our Stories - Disability Should Not Equal Poverty

Date July 7, 2010
Time 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where Metro Hall Rotunda, Toronto

This event will bring together ODSP recipients, agency workers and members of the general public to learn more about what it is really like to live on ODSP. Please note that this event has been rescheduled from June 24 to July 7, 2010.

May 17, 2010

ODSP Action Coalition releases proposal for ODSP rule changes

The ODSP Action Coalition is proposing short-term rule changes that would make a difference in the lives of people who rely on ODSP benefits.

May 13, 2010

Coalition urging action on Special Diet

The ODSP Action Coalition is urging people to send letters to their MPPs protesting the elimination of the Special Diet.

April 15, 2010

Action needed on Special Diet

The ODSP Action Coalition is concerned that the Special Diet program may be viewed as too expensive and is at risk of being shut down. They are asking members and supporters to call, write, or email their MPP about the importance of the Special Diet allowance.

March 03, 2010

Coalition proposes changes to Ontario Disability Support Program rules

The ODSP Action Coalition has proposed a list of quick changes that could be made to some of the "stupid rules" in the Ontario Disability Support Program.

February 03, 2010