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Disability benefits in Ontario: Who can get them and how to apply

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Read this to find out how to apply to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for income support. ODSP is for people who have serious health problems. The resource explains:

  • how to apply
  • what people have to show to qualify
  • what you can do if you are refused income support

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CLEO has more resources on social assistance and other legal topics.

If you speak French

Ask a lawyer or a community legal clinic about your language rights. You have the right to get government services related to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) in French.

If you are appealing a decision about your right to social assistance from ODSP, this could mean that you have the right to a hearing before a French-speaking member of the Social Benefts Tribunal, as well as other French language services.

Si vous parlez français

Communiquez avec un avocat ou une clinique juridique communautaire, et informez-vous de vos droits linguistiques. Vous avez droit à ce que les services gouvernementaux reliés au Programme ontarien de soutien aux personnes handicapées (POSPH) vous soient fournis en français.

Si vous avez fait appel d'une décision concernant votre droit à l'aide sociale du POSPH, vous pourriez avoir droit à une audience devant un membre du Tribunal de l'aide sociale qui parle français, de même qu'à d'autres services en français.