CPP disability benefits
Are there other benefits I can apply for?
There is another disability benefit program called the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). It is for people who have disabilities and do not have much money. If this is your situation, you should apply to this program even if you are applying for CPP disability benefits.
People who do not qualify for CPP disability benefits may be able to get assistance from ODSP.
Also, for some people, their CPP disability benefits are less than what they could get from ODSP. If this applies to you, you may be able to get some money from ODSP to make up the difference.
If you get money from ODSP, you also get help to pay for most prescription drugs. And you may be able to get help paying for other costs related to your health or disability.
It can take months to find out if you qualify for ODSP or CPP. If you need money right now for food and housing, you can apply to another program called Ontario Works (OW).
To find out how to apply for ODSP or OW benefits, see CLEO's resources Disability benefits in Ontario: Who can get them and how to apply and Need welfare? How to apply to Ontario Works. To read these online or order copies, go to www.cleo.on.ca.
There is also information about applying in the Income Assistance section of Steps to Justice. See www.stepstojustice.ca.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to get other benefits, such as:
- Employment Insurance sickness benefits
- Veterans Affairs disability benefits
- pension benefits from another country where you once lived
- benefits from workers' compensation or a workplace insurance plan