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Assets are things that you own. For example, assets include cars, real estate, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), and any savings you have.

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The Canada Revenue Agency manages the income tax process. They’re also responsible for some social benefits, like the Goods and services tax/Harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit, Canada child benefit, and child disability benefit.

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People who get Ontario Works (OW) assistance may have to do community placements.

Community placements are sometimes called “community participation” or “voluntary placement”.

People in community placements work at non-profit, community, or public organizations. Examples of these types of organizations are schools, daycare centres, food banks, libraries, and community centres.

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Developmental services institutions were run by the Ontario government.

People who were labelled with intellectual disabilities lived in these institutions. The last one closed in 2009.

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The Disability Adjudication Unit (DAU) is part of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

The DAU decides whether you meet the ODSP definition of a person with a disability.

They don’t interview you or give you a medical examination. 

They make their decision using the information they get from you and the health professionals who complete forms about your disability.

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You get a Disability Determination Package when you apply to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and need an approved health professional to give information that proves you’re a “person with a disability”.

The package includes 4 forms:

  • Self Report
  • Consent to Release Medical Information
  • Health Status Report
  • Activities of Daily Living Index

You have to return the completed forms to the Disability Adjudication Unit.

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Earnings exemptions are the rules that let you earn some money without Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program reducing the amount they give you by the full amount you earn.

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Financial assistance is money you get from Ontario Works (OW) to help pay for living expenses, like housing and food.

It also helps pay for some prescription drugs and may help pay for some dental services. And some people can get:

  • extra money to help pay for a special diet
  • other benefits, such as costs for travelling to medical appointments
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Income is how much money you get from any source. For example, income includes money you earn from a job, support payments, government benefits like workers’ compensation, or money that family or friends give you as a gift.

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Income support is money you get from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to help pay for living expenses, like housing and food. It also helps pay for some prescription drugs and may help pay for some dental services.

And some people can get:

  • extra money to help pay for a special diet
  • other benefits, such as costs for travelling to medical appointments

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