Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

The Ontario Disability Support Program

The Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”) is one of two social assistance programs provided in Ontario. This program is designed to help people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses like food and housing (Income Support). It can also give support in finding a job (Employment Support) if the person is able to do some work and wants this help. ODSP is managed and delivered by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

In order to qualify for ODSP you have to:

  • be 18 years of age or older,
  • live in Ontario,
  • demonstrate a financial need, and
  • have a substantial physical or mental disability that is expected to last a year or more and makes it hard for you to care for yourself, take part in community life or work.

Therefore, when determining your eligibility for this assistance ODSP will look at both your financial situation and disability status.

We can help

We can assist you with your Internal Review and appeal of ODSP issues if you have applied for ODSP benefits and have been turned down. It is important that you contact us as soon as possible with the written decision you need help with.

We can only represent you if you qualify financially for our services and in this case the work we do for you is free. We only ask that you reimburse us for the medical reports we pay for on your behalf if you win your appeal and start receiving this benefit.

We can also help you if you have had your ODSP benefits reduced, cancelled and/or suspended. We also provide information about the program and can answer questions you have regarding eligibility for benefits, and the amount of assistance and benefits available for ODSP recipients.

The Steps to Justice website offers step-by-step information about ODSP and other common legal problems.