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Ontario. Ontario Disability Support Program
Northern Ontario
Ontario Disability Support Program, South Porcupine

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March 18, 2020: Effective immediately and until further notice:
  • no need for for clients to submit their income reports at this time (unless they submit electronically)
  • Special Diet Allowances already in place will continue (even if set to expire), no need to bring signed in forms for now (unless they submit electronically)
  • will not require forms and verification for Mandatory Special Necessities - benefits will be issued and forms obtained later (unless they submit electronically)
  • Offices remain OPEN, but trying to avoid having clients attend in person as much as possible, for everyone's well being

Provides financial assistance for basic needs (food, shelter, clothing)

Participants can access a variety of programs and support services including but not limited to:
 
  • Additional help for hearing aids and mobility devices
     
  • Assistive technology
     
  • Coverage for up-front child care costs
     
  • Dental coverage
     
  • Employment and Training Start Up Benefit
     
  • Employment transition benefit
     
  • Extended Health Benefit
     
  • Guide dog benefit
     
  • Help to pay for necessary home repairs
     
  • Medical supplies
     
  • Medical transportation
     
  • Prescription drug coverage
     
  • Special Diet Nutritional Allowance
     
  • Transitional health benefit
     
  • Vision care
     
  • Work-related benefit
Comments
If difficulty is experienced applying online contact Service Ontario at 1-855-231-1255
If an individual has been found ineligible service or services have been cancelled or suspended they:
  • have a right to request a review of the decision
  • a letter must be submitted to the local office outlining the reasons why an individual feels the decision made by the local office is incorrect
Note: Community legal clinics can also assist with reviews and the review process
Eligibility
Individuals must:
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • be able to work in Canada
  • meet both the financial and disability criteria

Various financial criteria must be met, individuals will have to provide information on the following:
  • household composition (who is part of the family, spouse or adult dependents)
  • how many children, how old they are and whether they are in school
  • place of residence and cost to live there (rent)
  • household income (for all members)
  • assets, such as any savings in the bank and any property owned

Disability criteria is based on the Ontario Disability Support Program Act and must meet the definition of a "person with a disability" as defined under Act. Under the act this individuals is someone who has a substantial mental or physical disability that:
  • is continuous or recurrent
  • expected to last for a year or more
  • significantly limits their ability to work, look after themselves, or get out in the community, and
  • has been verified by an approved health professional (Medical Review)


Age Requirements: Ages: 65 year(s) and under;
Application Process
  • Individuals who require financial assistance right away should apply for assistance through Ontario Works as applications can take anywhere from a week to a few months to be processed
  • Individuals can apply online, by phone or in person
The following documentation is required to complete application:
  • Copy of Canada Child Tax Benefit statement (for children under 18 years of age)
  • Copy of mortgage or rental agreement
  • Health card
  • Information about assets owned, such as a Registered Retirement Savings Plan,
  • Information about other income and money, such as a pension
  • Proof of identity, such as birth certificate
  • Proof of immigration status, if required
  • Proof of Social Insurance Number
  • Recent bank statement for all bank accounts
  • Record of Employment and/or most recent pay stubs
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None
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Unknown
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(30) Provincial Government
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Last Verified On September 20, 2018

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