For those of you who may have missed the recent webinar that was offered by ISAC and the ODSP Action Coalition they have posted the presentation slides online. You can view the slides here.
As you know, the Ontario government announced in the 2014 budget that they are making changes to employment-related benefits provided through ODSP and OW. As part of these changes, they are eliminating the $100 Work-Related Benefit that people on ODSP currently receive, if they are working
The Work-Related Benefit is given to both people with disabilities on ODSP and members of their family. It provides $100 per month to each person in an ODSP family who has earnings from a job or a training program, or net earnings from self-employment. It is a mandatory benefit that people receive automatically without needing to apply.
As of April 1, 2015, working non-disabled family members of people on ODSP will stop receiving the benefit. People with disabilities on ODSP will stop receiving it as of October 1, 2015.
Results from the questionnaire will be used to lobby the government about the impact of making this cut and to explain why this is the wrong move. For more information about the Work-Related Benefit and the changes that are being made to ODSP employment benefits, please see the following resources:
Webinar: click here
ODSP Action Coalition position paper: click here
ISAC issue backgrounder: click here