Sometimes life can be challenging especially when you are dealing with a physical disability or taking care of someone having a physical disability. There are a lot of costs involved with it which makes it harder for people to cater to their specific needs. And that’s why there are government plans in Canada to help people live a respectful and equal life. One such plan is Ontario Disability Support Program aka ODSP. Are you also wondering what this program is, what are ODSP payment dates, and how this program works? We have got you covered. Let’s get started.
What Exactly is the Ontario government Ontario Disability Support Program?
This is a welfare program initiated by the Ontario government for the residents of Ontario. Under this program, residents having a disability or any medical condition get financial aid in terms of feeding, housing, and clothing along with additional health-related benefits.
The ODSP act came into existence in the year 1997 by the Ontario government in order to help residents live a respectful and self-sufficient life. As of October last year, more than 520,000 residents have taken the benefit. Along with Ontario other territories such as Alberta’s AISH program and Saskatchewan’s SAID are also similar.
What are the ODSP Payment Dates for 2021?
This amount is credited to the recipient’s account on the last business day of every month. In the case of December, the benefit is given earlier. For instance, the benefit for December 2020 was credited on December 22. The below are the latest ODSP payment dates.
January 29, 2021
February 26, 2021
March 31, 2021
April 30, 2021
May 31, 2021
June 30, 2021
July 30, 2021
August 31, 2021
September 30, 2021
October 29, 2021
November 30, 2021
December (yet to be declared)
How to Receive ODSP Benefits?
You can get this benefit in three ways.
1. Bank cheque
Generally, the government does not encourage people to opt for this type because of the pandemic situation. As the cheques are dispatched through Canada Post the date that you receive the cheque may differ for every month. For easy payment distribution, the Ontario government mails these cheques earlier so the benefits are not delayed.
2. Reloadable Payment Card
A Reloadable payment card is just like a debit card. You will get the benefits credited to your card every month and can use and withdraw the amount from the nearest ATM or any POS Centre. You can also use the amount for any online transactions.
3. Direct Bank Deposit
This is the most suggestible option because it is rapid and very easy to use. All you have to do is register your bank details and you are good to go. The amount will be credited directly into your bank account every month on the ODSP payment dates.
What are the Benefits that You Can Get Under an ODSP?
Benefits given under the Ontario Disability Support Program can be divided into two parts. The first one is employment support and the second is income support.
Under unemployment support, the government has 150 community-based service providers in Ontario that guide people for advancement in their work and career. A lot of candidates under this program get guidance to start a business as well. The below are the major advantages under the employment benefits.
- Equipment and tools
- Specialized training for computer
- Licensing and certification assistance
- Helps in creating a business plan
- Coaching for job
- Money management and financial management
- On job training
These benefits are divided into different categories. It depends on what kind of assistance you need.
1. Basic Need Allowance
This covers the cost of clothing, food, or other necessities. The amount will depend on how many members you have in your family and if your partner or spouse also has any disability conditions. A single person can expect $672 every month. If you also have a disabled spouse but there are no other dependents on you, the amount can go up to $1341 at maximum.
2. Shelter Allowances
This covers your cost of living. It covers rent or occupancy costs and mortgage costs on your primary president. The final amount depends on how many family members you have and the maximum allowed limit. Refer to the table below for more understanding.
|Family Members||Monthly Shelter Allowance (Maximum)|
3. Lodge or Boarding Allowance
Your age, location, and family size along with your circumstances affect how much benefit you can receive under this. For a single person, the amount is kept at $825 with an increase in family members, the amount increases.
Benefits Related to Health
You and your family member can be eligible for one or more than one benefit listed below.
- Dental coverage
- Vision care
- Prescription of drugs
- Nutritional charges
- Medical supplies
- Medical transportation cost
- Transitional benefits related to health
- Extended benefits related to health
People in an emergency can also apply for and or ODSP emergency benefits. Under this, they will get assistance for housing and food. A single person can get around $733 per month and if they have children or other family members depending on them, the amount can be higher. If you are already a part of ODSP or Ontario works, you cannot be eligible for these emergency benefits.
What is the Eligibility for receiving payments on ODSP Payment Dates?
- You will have to meet the following conditions in order to receive ODSP benefits.
- Your age has to be at least 18 +.
- You can start opting for this service 6 months prior to your 18th birthday.
- The age is 16 for employment support.
- You have to be a resident of Ontario.
- You need to have a disability or medical condition that can hamper your abilities to leave a normal life and take care of yourself.
- It may be hampering your ability to take care of yourself or your family members and your ability to work.
- Your impairment along with the restrictions of working or the duration of disability has to be verified by a health professional.
- Your physical or mental condition is going to be the same for at least a year.
How to Apply for ODSP Benefits?
To apply for income benefits, you can go to the online website or can also visit local ODSP premises. You need to qualify for finances as well as disability determination. You will also need to submit your health status report and activities of the daily living index. To apply for employment support you have to complete an application for employment support. You can download it from the website or can request it by visiting or making a call to the ODSP office.
The Bottom Line
During this time of the pandemic, the Ontario government has just announced in February that it will collaborate with Municipal partners so that more people can connect and get benefits under this program. There are no changes in the rate increase for this program. It increased last in 2018 and there was a 1.5 % hike. The new changes will help people in receiving benefits easily along with that, the process will also become faster.