34,000 people on ODSP are currently in the paid workforce. They are contributing to the economy, feeling part of their communities and earning some much-needed income, while working to whatever capacity they can.
And for now, they have access to the ODSP Work-Related Benefit. This $100 monthly benefit helps them pay for ongoing work-related expenses, such as transportation, clothing, food, personal care and hygiene items, and childcare.
It gives them a sense of dignity, knowing that ODSP recognizes their efforts to work. It gives them an incentive to work. And it helps them with regular costs of living, since ODSP doesn’t give people enough to live on. We know this because we recently conducted a survey of WRB recipients – you can read the results of this survey at the link below.
But the Work-Related Benefit will soon be a thing of the past.
As part of a restructuring of benefits, the Ministry of Community and Social Services plans to eliminate the Work-Related Benefit starting in October 2015.
They are replacing it with a new benefit – but these 34,000 people likely won’t be eligible. The new benefit is only intended to help ODSP recipients who want to get into a job, not those who are already working.
This decision will take $36 million out of the pockets of people with disabilities on ODSP who work and are already struggling to get by.
34,000 Ontarians with disabilities should not be punished for doing exactly what the government wants them to do – work.
Please CLICK HERE to send a message to your local MPP, key Cabinet Ministers and Premier Wynne to urge them to save the ODSP Work-Related Benefit now.
Thank you for your support!
For more information:
- The Coalition’s concerns about the restructuring of employment-related benefits are outlined in our position paper, "ODSP Recipients Who Work to Lose $100 per Month".
- Detailed information about benefit restructuring is available in a backgrounder from the Income Security Advocacy Centre called Changes to ODSP Employment Benefits.
- The results of a survey of ODSP Work-Related Benefit recipients, "Why are they taking it away from us?": Analysis of the results of a survey of ODSP recipients about the $100 Work-Related Benefit".
- The Coalition's March Action Kit, which gives you other ways to respond to the elimination of the Work-Related Benefit.