Ontario Works (OW) & Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

UPDATES – FEBRUARY 2021

The ODSP office is open Monday to Friday with reduced Staff, but for everyone’s health and well-being, they ask clients to avoid going to an ODSP or OW office unless requested to do so. You can contact your caseworker by calling the office. You contact your caseworker by calling the office.

You will continue to receive your monthly ODSP payment. If you usually pick-up payments from your ODSP office, you should contact the office for instructions. To make your monthly income report, you can use the MyBenefits online service, mail, fax, or email. Please do not bring your reports to the office.

BIST can help. Please call 416-830-1485.

NEW Applications

Applications are still being accepted and processed online or by phone.

Find out how to apply for Ontario Works HERE.

Find out how to apply for ODSP HERE.

BIST can help. Please call 416-830-1485.

To apply for the benefit, call your local ODSP or OW office. 

If you can’t get through to our ODSP Office, call the Main Number for ODSP: 416-531-6001, and they may be able to help.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CRCB)

The CRCB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers:

  • Unable to work at their current job for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or a family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks for workers who:

  • They cannot work for at least 50% of the week at their current job because they contracted COVID-19.
  • Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
  • Have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

  • The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)

People on OW or ODSP can access the CRB ONLY if they have lost income due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Otherwise, OW / ODSP recipients are NOT ELIGIBLE for this benefit.

 If you are on OW or ODSP and HAVE NOT lost employment income due to COVID-19, you ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this benefit.

Warning for OW and ODSP Recipients 

Applicants are being quickly processed for the CERB.

Some people who have applied for the CERB, who are not eligible for it, have received funds in error. At some point, people who have received funds they were not entitled to are going to be required to pay the money back.

If you are on OW or ODSP and HAVE NOT lost employment income due to COVID-19 you ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this benefit.

If you have received a CERB cheque you think you are not entitled to, BIST can help. Call: 416-830-1485.

Information on paying back the CERB for those who were not entitled to it is also available, HERE.

Emergency Housing Needs 

ODSP and OW recipients may access money for emergency housing needs through the City of Toronto’s Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF). Eligible people are:

  • Homeless and leaving an emergency shelter or the street
  • Housed and moving within the GTA because of domestic violence, fire/flood, or to accommodate a change in family size
  • Housed and moving within the GTA due to a high rent situation or eviction
  • Housed and dealing with bed bugs and/or owing rent or hydro costs To access these funds for an emergency housing need, talk to your caseworker

Other COVID-19 Benefits

Where to get to information on other benefits you may be entitled to

Here are three ways to easily access information on financial assistance options:

CBC News has created an online guide to benefits you may be entitled to, HERE.

Steps to Justice has created an online chart to benefits, updated in late May 2020, HERE.

There have been many community responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and a small number of funds may be available to you from other community sources. You can find out about these sources of funds HERE (scroll down to Community Support Funds for Vulnerable and Low-Income GTA Populations).

BIST can help. Please call 416-830-1485.

Assistance with Electric Bills 

Toronto Hydro has options to help people pay their electricity bills. You can read them HERE.

BIST can help. Please call 416-830-1485.

Thanks to Social Planning Toronto for compiling much of this information.

Get MORE INFORMATION on COVID-19 Resources, HERE

 

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