Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
We help clients who apply for disability benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).
ODSP is a provincial program designed to help people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food and housing. It can also provide support in finding a job (Employment Support). To be eligible:
- you have to be 18 years of age or older, live in Ontario, and be in financial need
- you have to have a substantial physical or mental disability that is expected to last a year or more
- your disability makes it hard for you to care for yourself, take part in community life or work.
We can advise you and represent you with all aspects of ODSP.
If your application for ODSP benefits has been turned down, we can assist you in appealing this decision. In some cases, we will represent you at your hearing before the Social Benefits Tribunal.
If your ODSP benefits are reduced, cancelled or suspended, we can help you challenge this decision.
Please contact us immediately if your application has been denied or if your benefits have been altered in any way. A decision from ODSP has to be challenged within 30 days or your may lose your right to appeal.
The Steps to Justice website offers step-by-step information about ODSP and other common legal problems.