The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works are the two main provincial social welfare programs available to eligible Ontario residents who may be in need.
ODSP is funded by the Government of Ontario with the main goal of helping Ontarians with disabilities or medical conditions that hinders them from working and earning income.
This benefit provides great succor and support to eligible Ontario residents, and it helps them pay for basic needs like housing, feeding, and clothing.
This article touches on everything you need to know about the ODSP benefit, the eligibility requirement, how you can apply, how much benefit you may be eligible for, and the ODSP payment dates and schedule.
ODSP Payment Dates 2022
ODSP benefits are paid out on the last business day of every month, and the ODSP payment dates for 2022 are as follows:
ODSP Payment Dates
January 31, 2022
February 28, 2022
March 31, 2022
April 29, 2022
May 31, 2022
June 30, 2022
July 29, 2022
August 31, 2022
September 29, 2022
October 31, 2022
November 30, 2022
Yet to be determined
You can receive your benefit by cheque in the mail, via direct deposit, or through a reloadable payment card.
I will personally advise you to use the direct deposit option since it is the fastest way of getting your benefits instantly, helping you sort out your bill as when due.
Related: Ontario Trillium Benefit Dates 2022
What Is ODSP?
ODSP is a social assistance program administered by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services.
The goal of the ODSP program is to support eligible Ontarians suffering from disability and medical conditions by providing you income that will help pay for basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing.
Apart from income support, ODSP also provides eligible Ontarians health benefits, including prescription drugs and vision care, and employment support including helping you find a job and advance in your career.
ODSP Income Support
Eligible Ontario residents receive a monthly benefit that pays for their basic needs like food and housing.
As a single person, you can expect to receive between $672 and $1,169 a month depending on your unique circumstances, family size, and living arrangement.
If you are renting, or if you live in your own home, your monthly benefit will be in two parts: ODSP basic needs benefit, and ODSP shelter allowance.
1. ODSP Basic Needs Allowance
The ODSP basic needs allowance covers the cost of food, clothing items, and other necessary personal items.
The amount of allowance you will receive depends on your family size, the age of your family members, and whether or not your spouse has a disability.
A single person who has no dependents can expect to receive up to $672 per month, while a single person with a disabled spouse can potentially get up to $1,341.
2. ODSP Shelter Allowance
The ODSP shelter allowance covers the cost of housing in Ontario, including rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, home insurance, property taxes, heat bills, and condominium fees.
The amount you will receive for the ODSP shelter allowance varies too, and it is based on your actual shelter costs, up to a certain maximum depending on the size of your family.
3. Board and Lodging Allowance
This covers the cost of boarding or lodging in Ontario.
If you are living and being fed by your parents or landlords, then you are in a boarding living situation and your benefits will be calculated differently.
How much board and lodging allowance you will receive depends on your family size and the age of your family members.
4. Northern Ontario Remote Communities Allowance
You will receive an additional allowance if you live in Northern Ontario (precisely north of the 50th parallel), and you do not have annual access to the 50th parallel of Northern Ontario.
You will receive this allowance regardless of your living situation i.e whether you: own your home, are renting, or are living in a board and lodging arrangement.
ODSP Employment Support
ODSP provides employment support to beneficiaries who are willing and able to work by helping them find opportunities. This includes helping them start a job or career, helping them keep their jobs by training them, and generally helping them with anything that can advance their careers.
Some of the employment support the ODSP provides include:
- Finding a suitable job for you
- Preparing you for work
- Helping you preserve your job
- Job coaching
- Helping while on-the-job
- Career improvement
- Job accommodations and support
- Exposure to adaptive technology etc.
Furthermore, the ODSP employment support program can assist with a different range of services in setting up the business of your choice.
The ODSP community service providers can help you determine the perfect employment support you need.
ODSP Health Benefits
ODSP beneficiaries may also qualify for the following benefits under the ODSP program:
1. Prescription Drug Coverage
: This covers the cost of prescription drugs prescribed by licensed health workers or those listed under the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary.
2. Dental Coverage: This covers the cost of dental services for children who are 17 or less under Healthy Smiles Ontario.
3. Vision Care: This covers vision care costs such as major eye examinations and annual eye examinations.
4. Mandatory Special Necessities Benefit: This covers the cost of medical transportation and medical supplies
5. Pregnancy/Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance: This is coverage for expenses that relate to nutrition. Eligible persons may get $40 or $50/month for the cost of a regular diet or a non-dairy diet.
6. Extended Health Benefit: This covers the high health expenses of those that no longer qualify for the ODSP income support.
7. Transitional Health Benefit: This covers the cost of health for those that are no longer part of the ODSP due to paid work.
Depending on your situation, you may also qualify for other benefits that will cover disability-related stuff like hearing aids, mobility devices, etc.
ODSP Eligibility Requirements: Do I Qualify?
For you to receive the ODSP benefits on the ODSP payment dates, you must meet the residency, age, financial, and disability requirements.
1. ODSP Residency Requirement
To qualify for the ODSP Income Support and the ODSP Employment Support, you must be a resident of the province of Ontario. Further, you must also be legally authorized to work in Canada.
2. ODSP Age Requirement
To qualify for the ODSP Income Support, you must be at least 18 years or older. However, you may be able to apply six months before you turn 18.
To qualify for the ODSP Employment Support, you need to be 16 years or older.
3. ODSP Disability Requirement
Before you can qualify for ODSP benefits, you must be a person with a disability or a medical condition that hinders your ability to earn income and care for yourself. The only people exempted from this process are the members of a prescribed class.
Per the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, you are a person with a disability if:
- you have a mental condition or a physical impairment that is continuous or recurring and is expected to last at least one year
- this condition or impairment has directly or cumulatively reduced your ability to work, care for yourself, or take part in community life
- this condition or impairment and its likely duration have been verified by an approved healthcare professional.
When you apply for ODSP, you must complete the Disability Determination Package (DDP) as well, and the DPP will be used to evaluate your application.
However, if you are already a beneficiary of the CPP Disability program, or if you are at least 65 years old with no OAS pension, then you may not have to complete the DDP at all.
4. ODSP Financial Requirement
To qualify for the ODSP Income Support, you must be in financial need and your financial eligibility must be evaluated by your caseworker.
You will need to provide your caseworker information about your family size and make-up, income, assets, living expenses, and housing costs.
Income: To receive ODSP Income Support, you must declare to your caseworker ALL monies you or your family members had received or will receive from EVERY source.
You should declare ALL income from ANY job or self-employment, spousal support, and sponsorship support since it may impact the amount of benefit you will receive.
Also, make sure to declare all benefits including the CPP Benefit, OAS, Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Guaranteed Annual Income Supplement (GAINS), Workplace Safety, and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits, and EI.
However, some incomes are exempt and will not impact your eligibility or the amount of money you will receive for ODSP income support in any way.
It may seem like a lot of rules, but do not despair. Your ODSP caseworker will be there to help you and support you through this process. All you need to remember to do is declare all monies from all sources.
Assets: To receive ODSP Income Support, you must inform your caseworker about ALL assets you or your family members own.
You need to declare assets such as cash at hand or in the bank, emergency funds, stocks and bonds, vehicles, land, house, trust funds, TFSA, RRSP, and any other investments that you or your family may own.
Again, some assets are exempt and will not impact your eligibility or the amount of money you receive for ODSP income support.
These assets include your primary home of residence, your primary vehicle, trust funds from an inheritance or life insurance policy, the cash surrender value of life insurance policies, pre-paid funerals, RESP, RDSP, and other necessary household and personal items.
Again, your caseworker will help you figure everything out. Just make sure you declare all your assets to your caseworker.
Asset limits: Sometimes, you can have a considerable amount of non-exempt assets and still qualify to receive ODSP Income Support. However, there is always a limit to it.
The following are the limits to the amount of non-exempt assets you can have and still be eligible for income support:
- $40,000 for a single person
- $50,000 for a couple
In some special cases, you may still qualify to receive the ODSP even if you have exceeded the non-exempt limit.
For example, you could be trying to save for a mobility machine or any good/service that is needed for your medical condition. So, discuss your unique circumstance with your caseworker, and you may be able to get approval to save money and assets above the limit.
How to Apply for ODSP in 2022
If you are already a beneficiary of the Ontario Works program, you can directly submit your application through the Ontario Works Office.
However, if you are a new applicant who meets the eligibility requirements, you can apply for ODSP benefits by phone, online, or in person at the ODSP office close to you.
If you are submitting an online application, ensure that at the time of the application, all your family members who will be included in the application are present with you, so that can confirm their information and give their consent.
Also, you and your family must have the following identification documents ready: social insurance numbers (SIN), OHIP cards, birth certificates, immigration documents, income tax returns, and up-to-date banking information.
Further, make sure your web browser is up to date, then follow these 8 simple steps to apply for your benefits.
1. Go to the application portal
2. Fill in your personal and family information like your full legal names, house and mailing address, email addresses, dates of birth, immigration status in Canada, and bank account information if you’d prefer direct deposit.
3. Provide complete information about ALL your income and assets, housing costs, living expenses, and other expenses such as child care and disability-related expenses.
4. Submit your application.
5. Schedule an appointment with your caseworker: Within 15 business days, your caseworker will give you a call to schedule a time to review your application with you.
6. Meet with your caseworker to sign and verify your application: The intake caseworker may require additional information or documents like bills, and a consent form that will allow other agencies to share information with the ODSP office.
Don’t worry. The caseworker is there to help you with your application, and all this additional information will help ODSP determine your financial eligibility for income assistance.
It might take 15 business days for a decision to be made, and If you are found eligible for the ODSP Income benefit, you will proceed to the next stage.
If it is determined that you do not qualify, wait for 30 days and request a review of your application. You may also request an appeal hearing of your case if the review was not favorable.
7. Submit a Disability Determination Package (DDP): Except you are a member of a prescribed class, you will need to complete this step.
The DDP contains the instruction sheet, your health status report, activities of daily living (ADL) index, personal report, and your consent to release your medical information.
The DDP may also include additional medical and supporting documents like clinical notes, hospital reports, psychological evaluations, and functional assessments.
The main goal of this package is to determine the nature of your disability or impairment and determine how your medical condition affects your daily life, including your ability to work, care for yourself and participate in your community.
The DDP must be completed by your doctor, or any certified health care professional, and mailed back to the Disability Adjudication Unit using the addressed envelope included in the package.
You may have to wait for 90 business days before this eligibility phase is concluded.
8. Meet your caseworker to discuss when you can expect your first payment, and also discuss other benefits you may qualify for.
If you would like to make any inquiries about the status of your application, you can contact the Disability Adjudication Unit on this number 1-888-256-6758.
How Much ODSP Benefits Will I Receive in 2022?
The ODSP amount is not fixed, and how much benefit you will receive on the ODSP payment dates depends on several factors.
These factors include your housing costs, your living expenses, your family size, and whether or not your spouse has a disability and qualifies for ODSP benefits.
Further, your location in Ontario impacts the amounts you will receive on the ODSP payment dates.
However, if you don’t have children and are single, you may receive a maximum of $1,169 for your shelter and basic human necessities.
ODSP Changes and Increase in 2022
The Government of Ontario has not disclosed any plans to increase the ODSP benefits for 2022.
The Ontario government stated in February 2021 that it had begun collaborating with municipal partners to improve Ontarian’s access to much-needed assistance.
The focus of this partnership is to build a more efficient social services system that will support more Ontarians in achieving financial independence.
Further, a new digital system is being proposed to simplify the application process and reduce the roles of caseworkers.
Additionally, the province will continue to supervise social assistance applications and payments.
On the other hand, municipal partners are to concentrate on assisting individuals in returning to work and gaining access to housing and health support.
Other Benefits Available To Ontario Residents
Ontario residents have several benefits to claim in Canada. In this section, I will discuss three benefits Ontario residents may be eligible for in addition to ODSP.
1. Emergency Assistance
This benefit is given to Ontario residents who don’t have enough money to cover food and housing cost due to:
- Abusive relationship
- Eviction from their homes
Depending on your situation, you may get emergency support for up to 48 days.
2. Temporary Care Assistance
If you are an adult who is caring for a child who is not your natural-born child, your adopted child, or your dependent; you may be eligible for the Temporary Care Assistance.
Your financial situation including your income and assets as an individual applying for the benefit is not taken into consideration when determining your eligibility for Temporary Care Assistance.
To qualify for the Temporary Care Assistance, you must:
- Seek support from the child’s legal parent or guardian.
- Not be Collecting funds from any Children’s Aid society.
Furthermore, the child may receive additional support that will cover dental care, vision care, and prescription drug support.
3. Ontario Works
This benefit is given to eligible Ontario residents who are looking for financial support and a job.
However, to qualify for this benefit, you must be an Ontario resident who has a financial need and cannot afford to pay for basic needs like food, etc. Also, you must demonstrate that you are actively looking for a job.
How much support you get under Ontario Works depends on your income, assets, family size, and housing costs.
Also, some of your responsibilities under this program include:
- engaging in finding a job.
- reporting any changes in your situation such as relocating, opening/closing an account, getting a job, etc.
- attending meetings every three months and every 12 months.
- reporting all your job incomes and other sources of income
- claiming any benefits you qualified for, such as EI, Ontario Child Benefit, child support, etc.
- documenting your statements and receipts for income and assets verification.
- returning all the money that you do not qualify for.
Final Thoughts on ODSP Payment Dates 2022
ODSP is one out of many benefits you may be eligible for as an Ontario resident. Additionally, you may also be eligible for Ontario Works, emergency assistance, Ontario Trillium Benefit, Temporary Care Assistance, and Canada Workers Benefit.
No two applications are the same, and how much you will receive depends on your unique situation.
Ensure that you go through this detailed guide, know your ODSP payment dates, and learn how to apply for this benefit.
FAQs on ODSP Payment Dates 2022
Can I Collect CPP and ODSP at the same time?
Yes, once you’re qualified, you can receive the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP).
How is ODSP Amount Calculated?
ODSP amounts are calculated using your housing costs, family size, location, and spousal disability status. Based on these factors, you may receive a lower or higher benefit on the ODSP payment dates.
Is there ODSP Increase in 2022
The short answer is No! There’s no information from the Ontario Government about the ODSP increase in 2022. However, there have been several changes in improving the application process for the program.
Where Do I Get Ontario Disability Forms?
You can get the ODSP application forms online through the Online Application for Social Assistance or your local ODSP office.
Finally, if you’ve more questions about the ODSP payment dates for 2022, let me know in the comment section.