Success in Advocacy to Stop Cut to $100 a Month ODSP Employment Benefit

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The Ministry of Community & Social Services announced in May that it will not be proceeding with a plan to eliminate a $100 a month benefit paid to people receiving ODSP who are employed.

Community Living Ontario and Council have worked with other disability groups advocating for the Ministry to reverse its decision to cut this benefit. Ministry officials indicated the planned elimination of the Employment Benefit has been “paused indefinitely”.

We appreciate that the Ministry took the time and effort to consult with the community before proceeding and that it has listened to the advice of people who explained the difficulty this cut in benefits would have caused.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE??

Employment incentives and benefits: Work-Related Benefit

If you are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support, the Work-Related   Benefit can help when you and your family:

  • earn money from a job or through a training program
  • make a profit from your own business.

Eligible family members include:

  • your spouse, and
  • your children 18 years of age or older who are not attending secondary school full-time.

You and each eligible family member may get an extra $100 a month to help with employment costs, such as transportation or work clothing.

You are not eligible for the Work-Related Benefit if the money you earn from work or from running your business is completely exempt, which means it does not affect your Income Support.

The 100% earnings exemption applies to:

  • your children under 18 years of age
  • your children attending secondary school, or

you, your spouse or your children enrolled full-time in post-secondary school.

How do I get this benefit?

You need to tell your local Ontario Disability Support Program office about the money you and your family earn, and provide proof of your:

  • earnings (for example, pay stubs), or
  • business income (for example, documentation of business income and expenses).

You don’t need to provide proof of your employment costs. We will automatically add the     Work-Related Benefit to your monthly Income Support payment if you are eligible.

 

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