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Is ODSP giving people extra help because of COVID-19?

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Is ODSP giving people extra help because of COVID-19?
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Is ODSP giving people extra help because of COVID-19?
Reviewed: 
May 1, 2020
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If you’re already getting income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you do not qualify for Ontario’s COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program. This is for people who are not on ODSP.

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Income benefits

Learn about benefits that are available if you need money.

 

Emergency benefit

Instead, there are new resources that ODSP workers can use to give extra “discretionary benefits” to people getting ODSP and Ontario Works. Single people on ODSP may be able to get up to $100 more a month. People with families may be able to up to $200 more a month.

The government first said that people would only get this amount one time. But they’ve changed that and people can now get it for 3 more months, so that’s May, June, and July.

Most people won’t be able to get this extra money from ODSP if they’re getting the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Read more in Who can get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and how do I apply?

If you already got the extra money from ODSP in March or April and you still qualify, you’ll continue to get it. You don’t have to do anything more.

If you did not get the extra money yet, you must ask ODSP for it and explain why you need it. The reason must be related to COVID-19. For example, you might need:

  • personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, for hospital or clinic visits
  • food and groceries if you can’t get to a food bank, for example, because you’ve been ordered to stay at home, or you’re caring for a family member who is sick or has been ordered to stay at home
  • cleaning supplies if you’ve been ordered to stay at home, or you’re caring for a family member who is sick or has been ordered to stay at home

Contact your ODSP worker to find out more about the extra money.

If you have any problems getting it, talk to your community legal clinic.

Expiry dates

If there are expiry dates for anything you’re getting or have set up with ODSP, those dates are being extended. For example, this means that you will continue to get the Special Diet Allowance, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance, and benefits for medical transportation or supplies. And pay direct arrangements will stay in place.

Payments

You should continue to get your monthly payments in the way you’ve been getting them, for example, direct bank deposit, payment cards, or cheques in the mail.

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