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About our presenter… Catherine Manson is a Community Legal Worker and Licensed Paralegal with Flemingdon Community Legal Services with 22 years experience in the legal clinic system. She has been giving presentations on the Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) benefits since 2004. She is a member of the ODSP Action Coalition (Co-Chair of the Train the Trainer Committee), and past Chair of the Toronto Region ODSP Action Coalition .
Needles, syringes, swabs, platforms, lancets and blood glucose monitors. (Insulin and test strips are covered under the drug card as they are ODB listings)
*One must access other sources of funding first as some of these supplies may be fully or partially covered by: the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Assistive Devices Program, the drug card, or another program…
OW and ODSP will cover the cost of transportation for
medical purposes if costs exceed $15 a month per benefit unit
Travel to any “registered health professional”
designated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
Transportation will also cover:
- AA, NA and/or Overeaters meetings, mental health therapy and counselling if it’s prescribed and supervised by a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist.
ODSP/OW will only pay for the cheapest possible mode of transport (public transit, taxi) – have doctor indicate need for a taxi if necessary.
Emergency costs (ambulance or family member driving) can be covered based on receipts. A note from the recipient requesting reimbursement and specifying the destination and the mileage incurred is also acceptable; however, any receipts (e.g. parking receipt) should also be included if available.
ODSP/OW can pay for accommodation and meals if you have to travel overnight for medical treatment (along with someone who needs to accompany you – if specified by the approved health professional)
*All those not covered can apply for “discretionary benefits” under OW
Covers the cost of a hearing aid evaluation, the remaining cost of a hearing aid not covered by the Assistive Devices Program (the program covers 75%, OW/ODSP covers the last 25%) , and replacement batteries and repairs.
The hearing aid device can be replaced every 3 years (if device doesn’t work and can’t be repaired)
The cost of a hearing assessment may be covered if it’s not already covered by OHIP.
Cost of Visual Smoke Alert System and installation for each room in the house or apartment – must be hardwired
For recipient, spouse or dependent adult to assist with starting
a full time job of 30 hours a week or more
Have received OW for 3 consecutive months
Need assistance with start up costs (provide verification of expenses/new activity)
Other Employment and Employment Assistance Activities Benefit (see slide 44)
Employment-Related Expenses $250 per month, (discretionary)
with a maximum advance of $500 for out-of-pocket expenses associated but not limited to:
necessary transportation, protective/clothing, grooming, and special & or safety equipment, supplies and equipment, telephone expenses, criminal reference checks or medical examinations and certificates (where required as a condition of job referral or community placements), costs associated with obtaining a Pardon (for the removal of a criminal record to eliminate a barrier to employment), minor fees (e.g., certification charges, short training costs)
For any eligible member of the OW or ODSP benefit unit. One must be:
Starting or changing a job, in a training program, or doing another “Employment Assistance” activity
have proven expenses for the approved start up
ODSP Maximum up to $500 in any 12 month period
OW Maximum up to $253 in any 12 month period
Eligible expenses may include:
tools and equipment; transportation costs; work wear;
licensing fees, association costs; or
any other item that, in the opinion of the Director, is a necessary work or training related expense;
A letter may be required from the community agency, training program or employer to provide support for this benefit
Revised: June 17, 2010
ODSP Employment Supports Revised: June 17, 2010
The needs of a person with a disability who require more extensive
supports are met through ODSP employment supports
A maximum of $300 per month can be deducted from gross earnings for disability related work expenses if not paid by employer or other program: - specialized transit services, attendant care services, specialized equipment, sign-language interpreting, etc.
- Verification and receipts required
Technical aids or devices to support access to
OW employment assistance activities
should be provided for ODSP recipients who wish to
voluntarily participate in Ontario Works.
“ Work Related Benefit” $100 per month if there is net positive earnings from employment or training
“ Employment Transition Benefit” (ETB) of $500 will be paid if recipient leaves ODSP for FT or PT employment or training and salary is greater than ODSP entitlement. There is no requirement that one exit ODSP for a minimum period of time in order to be eligible to receive the ETB .
For information about benefits or for help at anytime – especially when a Caseworker says “NO”
Contact your nearest Community Legal Clinic
or community legal advocate!!!
Legal Aid Ontario 1-800-668-8258, TTY – 1-866-641-8867
For OW – Contact your Municipal Councillor or local Client Services for the Municipality
For ODSP - Contact your local Member of Provincial Parliament
If all appeals and negotiations fail:
- Contact the Ontario Ombudsman
Ombudsman cannot order a change in the Directors’ decisions – can investigate “systemic” issues
Revised: June 17, 2010
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