What Changing the ODSP Definition of Disability Would Mean / Que signifierait changer la définition d'invalidité du POSPH?

Posted
December 13, 2018

Information from Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC): On November 22, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services announced proposed changes to the social assistance system in Ontario. One change would make the ODSP definition of disability more like definitions used in federal government benefit programs.

This proposed change would result in many low-income people with disabilities in Ontario who would qualify for ODSP today not being eligible. They would instead have to rely on the Ontario Works program, which provides a lot less money in benefits.

They will also be subject to Ontario Works rules, which are much stricter around work requirements and other expectations, and it is unclear whether they would have access to critically important disability-related health benefits.

Read our backgrounder for an explanation of the difference between the ODSP definition and federal definitions, and an exploration of the impact of the proposed change:

And watch our webinar for more information on this and other proposed changes:

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