How do I start an ODSP application?

4. Go to the appointment with ODSP

At the appointment, you meet with an Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) worker. They ask you for information to show that you qualify financially for .

You will need to:

Other adult family members who ODSP says are in your household also have to come to the appointment. ODSP calls this your “benefit unit”.

Collecting documents

Make sure to bring all the documents that you’ll need.

Listed below are the types of documents ODSP can ask you for to prove you qualify financially.

Personal identification documents

This includes:

  • birth certificates or passports
  • health cards
  • Indian status cards
  • immigration documents

Legal documents

This includes:

  • separation or divorce papers
  • custody documents
  • support orders

Proof of income and assets

This includes:

  • bank statements or bank
  • proof of from any source, including employment, support payments, workers' compensation, Employment Insurance, and payments from tenants, roomers, and boarders
  • the notice of assessment that you get from the after you send in your income tax return
  • information about , including registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) statements, car ownership papers, life insurance policies, and bonds

Proof of work and education

This includes:

  • pay stubs, Record of Employment, or letter of termination
  • documents that prove you or someone in your household is going to school

Proof of debts

This includes:

  • credit card bills or cash advances from your credit card
  • student loans, such as loans from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • other loans, even if the loan is from a relative or friend

Documents related to housing

This includes:

  • rent receipts and leases or tenancy agreements
  • mortgage agreements and statements
  • other bills related to housing costs, such as bills for hydro, water, gas, property tax, and home or apartment insurance

Keep copies of documents

Make sure to keep copies of any documents that you give to the ODSP worker. You can ask the worker to give you a list to prove what documents you gave them. You can also ask the worker to make copies of any documents that you bring to the appointment.

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