How to Apply for ODSP Income Support
The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Income Support is designed to provide financial assistance for all essential living expenses every month. Such support is provided to help with the costs of basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. It also includes benefits, like vision care and drug coverage, for the clients as well as their eligible family members.
To qualify for ODSP income support, you must be at least 18 years old, be a resident of Ontario, be in financial need and meet the definition of a person with a disability set by the program. You can apply for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Income Support online, in person or by phone as per your feasibility. The application process for income support is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on your financial eligibility and the second part focuses on determining whether you meet the definition of a person with a disability.
Once you have found out if you qualify for ODSP Income Support you can start with the application procedure. If you are applying in person you can begin with by contacting the local Ontario Disability Support Program office and set up a meeting. You should inform in advance if due to your disability you cannot get to the local office for the appointment, if you have any special needs, such as sign or language interpretation and if you need Braille or large-print forms. Ahead of the appointment, the office will send you a confirmation letter stating the date and time of the appointment. The letter will also include a list of all the documents that you will need to provide to the officer.
The reason behind the meeting is to check your financial condition and to get an ideal about how much money you have and the bills that you have to pay every month. The documents that you will have to carry for you and your family includes-
- Birth certificates
- Immigration papers that generally includes Record of Landing, Permanent Resident Card or Sponsorship Agreement
- Ontario health card numbers (OHIP)
- Social insurance numbers
- Details about your housing costs, like rent receipts, mortgage statements, utility bills or heating bills
- Information about your assets
- Information about your income
- Information about your job
- Information about training program
- Evidence of trusteeship or power of attorney
In addition to looking at your financial situation, there are several other things that shall be taken into account, which include:
- The number of people in your family
- Number of children you have and their age
- Whether you have a spouse or any adult dependants
- Your total income and assets
- If you are entitled to any other sources of income
- Where you live
The meeting with the Ontario Disability Support Program office may last for more than an hour. Once you are done with the meeting, the caseworker will inform you whether or not you qualify for the Income Support.
Once you qualify financially, your application will be processed further. Your disability status will be checked next. It will involve verifying your disability status to see if you qualify the definition of "a person with a disability" as stated in the Ontario Disability Support Program Act. If you do not qualify for Income Support, you can request to get the decision reviewed.
In order to determine whether you meet the disability definition, the caseworker will provide you a Disability Determination Package for you and your health care provider. After you have completed the required pieces of the Disability Determination Package, send the package inside the envelope provided to the ODSP Disability Adjudication Unit. The completed package along with the supporting information will be used in order to determine if you meet the disability criteria. Applications missing medical information or any other important document will take longer to review. Once all information is provided, it may take about 90 business days to receive a decision.
Online application for Social Assistance allows the residents of Ontario to find out if they are eligible for ODSP Income Support without having to visit the Ontario Disability Support Program office in person. If you are applying by phone, you will have to call the local office and complete the application over the phone.