2022 ODSP Payment Dates, Benefit Amounts and Application (2023)

Ontario has two main social assistance programs that provide income to eligible residents who need financial help – Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Ontario Works provides financial assistance to Ontarians who need money to pay for basic needs including food and housing.

ODSP provides financial assistance and health benefits to eligible Ontarians who are suffering from a disability that limits their ability to work.

This article covers what you need to know about ODSP payment dates in 2022, benefits, how to apply for the ODSP, disabilities that qualify, benefit amounts, and changes to the program.

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ODSP Payment Dates 2022

ODSP payments are made available on the last business day of each month. The ODSP payment dates in 2022 are:

Benefit Month ODSP Payment Date
JanuaryJanuary 31, 2022
FebruaryFebruary 28, 2022
MarchMarch 31, 2022
AprilApril 29, 2022
MayMay 31, 2022
JuneJune 30, 2022
JulyJuly 29, 2022
AugustAugust 31, 2022
SeptemberSeptember 29, 2022
OctoberOctober 31, 2022
NovemberNovember 30, 2022
DecemberTo be determined

You can receive your payments via direct deposit, cheque, or on a reloadable payment card.

Related: Ontario Trillium Program.

What is ODSP?

The Ontario Disability Support Program offers income and employment support to people with disabilities. The program is administered by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services.

ODSP Income Support

Eligible recipients receive a monthly payment that covers their basic needs and the cost of shelter. They may also receive health benefits and employment support.

1. ODSP Basic Needs Benefit

This refers to basic necessities such as food and clothing. The amount you receive varies depending on your household, the age of family members, and whether your spouse or partner is also disabled.

The maximum monthly amount provided for basic needs for a single recipient who has no dependent child is $672. If a spouse is included in the benefit calculation, it goes up to $969.

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See table below for different scenarios:

Number of Dependants other
than a Spouse
Dependants 18 Years or OlderDependants 0-17 YearsRecipient See Note 1Recipient and Spouse See Note 2Recipient and Spouse See Note 3

Note 1. A recipient if there is no spouse included in the benefit unit.
Note 2. A recipient with a spouse included in the benefit unit if Note 3 does not apply.
Note 3. A recipient with a spouse included in the benefit unit if each of the recipient and the spouse is a person with a disability or a person referred to in subparagraph 1 i of subsection 4 (1) or paragraph 3, 5.1, 5.2, 6, 7 or 8 of subsection 4 (1).

2. ODSP Shelter Benefits

This refers to rent, mortgage, property taxes, home insurance, utilities, and condo fees. The maximum amount you can get for shelter allowance is based on your family size up to a maximum.

The maximum monthly amount provided to cover the shelter cost of a single ODSP recipient is $497. This amount increases to $781 when the benefit unit consists of two people.

See the table below for shelter allowance amounts based on various family sizes.

Benefit Unit SizeMaximum Monthly Shelter Allowance
6 or more$1,026

In cases where utilities are not included in the rent or mortgage, their actual cost can be paid out separately. There is also additional support for those residing in remote communities.

If an ODSP resident is living in a room and board arrangement and not renting or dwelling in a principal residence, the combined board and lodging amount they are paid is different.

3. ODSP Health Benefits

Health benefits available through the ODSP include:

  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Dental benefits
  • Vision care and hearing benefits
  • Medical supplies benefits e.g. diabetic and incontinence supplies
  • Nutritional allowance for pregnant and breastfeeding parents
  • Extended health benefits
  • Medical transportation benefits
  • Transitional health benefits if you move on to a paid job and no longer qualify for ODSP

ODSP Employment Support

ODSP provides employment support to recipients who are able or willing to work by helping them with starting at a job, obtaining training, and helping with child care costs.

For example, if you start running a business, you can claim up to the full cost of child care as a deduction from your earnings.

Related: AISH Benefits Explained.

ODSP Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the ODSP, you must meet the age, residency, financial, and disability requirements.

ODSP Age and Residency Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of the province of Ontario.

ODSP Financial Requirements

You must need financial help to pay for basic living expenses. Your household income and assets are assessed by a care worker in consideration for eligibility.

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Income that may impact how much ODSP you receive include CPP, employment income, Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS), Old Age Security, and EI.

Income from Canada Child Benefits, Ontario Child Benefit, child support, or payments from a Registered Disability Savings Plan are exempt when calculating your ODSP eligibility.

The value of your assets also goes into determining whether you are eligible for ODSP or not.

Assets that impact your application include cash, RRSP, investments, TFSA, secondary properties, chequing account, etc.

Exempt assets include your primary residence and vehicle, Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), prepaid funerals, RDSP, personal effects e.g. clothing, and the cash value of a life insurance policy (within specified limits).

For assets that impact your ODSP eligibility, you can have a limit of $40,000 as a single person or up to $50,000 for a couple and remain eligible.

ODSP recipients can work while receiving benefits. You earn up to $200 in net income per month without a reduction in benefits. Amounts exceeding $200 are clawed back at a 50% rate.

Employment income earned by ODSP recipients who are enrolled in full-time education (high-school or post-secondary) is fully exempt.

Cash gifts, donations, and inheritances up to $10,000 per 12 month period are also exempt.

ODSP Disability Requirements

You must have a mental or physical disability that prevents you from being able to sustain yourself. As per the ODSP Act, this means that:

  • You have an impairment that is expected to last one year or more
  • Your disability limits your ability to care for yourself or function in a workplace or community
  • Your impairment has been verified by an approved health care professional

To meet these requirements, you must submit a Disability Determination Package (DDP).

You may be able to qualify for ODSP income support without completing DDP if you are already a recipient of the Canada Pension Plan Disability benefit or you are over 65 years of age and do not qualify for OAS pension.

How To Apply for ODSP in 2022

If you meet the age and residency requirements, you can proceed with starting the application process to determine whether you are financially eligible. You can complete this process online, by phone, or in-person at your local ODSP office.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services has offices in the East, North, Central, and West regions of the province, and Toronto. Find a location here.

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A decision on this initial step is sent to you within 15 business days.

If you are deemed financially eligible for income support, your care worker will give you a Disability Determination Package. Your healthcare provider is required to complete the “Health Status Report” (HSR) and “Activities of Daily Living” (ADLI) sections of the DDP.

The following professionals can complete both the HSR and ADLI forms:

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Physicians, Psychological Associates, Psychologists, Registered Nurses in extended class and Registered Nurses.

These healthcare professionals can only complete the ADLI:

Audiologists, Chiropractors, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, and Speech-Language Pathologists.

The two other forms in the package i.e. the “Consent to Release Medical Information” and Self Report” are completed by you.

The completed package is sent to the Disability Adjudication Unit. A decision is usually completed within 90 business days.

If you have questions about your application, call the Disability Adjudication Unit at 1-888-256-6758.

Applicants who are already on Ontario Works generally qualify financially for ODSP and can apply for ODSP through their Ontario Works Office.

If you are deemed to be ineligible, you can request an internal review within 30 days. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the review, you can ask for an appeal hearing.

How Much ODSP Benefit Do I Get in 2022?

The maximum amount of ODSP you receive will vary depending on the actual cost of shelter you incur, type of shelter, number of dependent children (i.e. benefit unit size), eligibility for the remoteness allowance, and whether your spouse or partner is also disabled and qualifies for ODSP.

Here are some examples:

Benefit UnitBasic NeedsMaximum ShelterTotal ODSP
Single parent + 1 child$815$781$1,596
Single parent + 2 children$815$846$1,661
Couple – 1 child$969$846$1,815
Couple – 2 children$969$918$1,887

A couple who both have a disability and qualify for ODSP get up to a maximum of $1,971 per month (i.e. the double disabled rate).

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ODSP recipients who receive board and lodging from the same place are paid a room and board allowance that is $825 for a single person and $1,230 for a couple.

If both spouses are disabled and qualify for ODSP, the payment amount is $1,644 under a room and board arrangement.

Again, your ODSP amount may vary based on many factors, and these are just some of the potential scenarios.

In addition to ODSP benefits, you may also qualify to receive other provincial and federal benefits such as the GST/HST credit, Canada Child Benefit, and the Ontario Trillium Benefit/Trillium Drug Program.

ODSP Increase and Changes in 2022

Several of the proposed changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program have been put on hold with no updates on when ODSP benefits may be increased.

The last update to the program was related to the implementation of a one-time 1.5% increase in ODSP rates in September 2018.

This increase was lower than the initial plan to increase ODSP by 3% annually for 3 years.

ODSP Emergency Benefits

Some ODSP recipients who do not receive the CERB were eligible for an extra $100 monthly payment (single) or $200 (for a family) in 2020.

To inquire about this extra payment, call 1-888-444-2412 or email [emailprotected].

ODSP recipients who received CERB payments had the first $200 exempt from clawback and a 50% clawback rate for each additional dollar.

ODSP recipients who received the monthly Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) had the first $200 exempt and see a 50% clawback of benefits for amounts exceeding $200.

Ontario Works Payment Dates 2022

If you are interested in when Ontario Works payments are made, they are shown in the table below. Ontario Works payment dates are made available on the last business day of the previous month:

OW Benefit MonthOW Payment Date
JanuaryDecember 31, 2021
FebruaryJanuary 31, 2022
MarchFebruary 28, 2022
AprilMarch 31, 2022
MayApril 29, 2022
JuneMay 31, 2022
JulyJune 30, 2022
AugustJuly 29, 2022
SeptemberAugust 31, 2022
OctoberSeptember 29, 2022
NovemberOctober 31, 2022
DecemberNovember 30, 2022

Have questions about the ODSP? Leave them in the comments.


2022 ODSP Payment Dates, Benefit Amounts and Application? ›

ODSP Payment Dates
Benefit MonthPayment Date
FebruaryFebruary 28, 2022
MarchMarch 31, 2022
AprilApril 29, 2022
MayMay 31, 2022
8 more rows
Mar 29, 2022

How long does it take to get approved for ODSP? ›

Both offices will issue their separate decision and reasons in a written document called a Notice of Decision when they have completed all assessment steps. Your local ODSP office will respond in 15 business days. The DAU usually responds within 10 business days or up to 90 business days for more complex cases.

How much does ODSP increase 2022? ›


On June 2, 2022 the Progressive Conservatives, led by Doug Ford, were re-elected to a majority government. In their campaign platform, they promised just a 5% increase in ODSP rates, with new legislation to increase ODSP rates annually, tied to inflation.

How much money does ODSP give you? ›

The amount you can receive for your ODSP income support is $1,169 a month and may be adjusted based on your situation. Find out if you are eligible for ODSP .

Are ODSP recipients getting $600? ›

This non-taxable, non-reportable, one-time payment provides up to $600 in recognition of the extraordinary expenses incurred by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can you buy a house on ODSP? ›

If you're receiving ODSP you may be wondering if you can even take out a loan. The simple answer is yes, you can. In fact, the ODSP you're receiving may help you qualify to borrow more money. That's because the ODSP income you're receiving is usually counted as income for loan qualification purposes.

Does ODSP back pay? ›

You will be entitled to retroactive pay making up the difference between the monies you were receiving prior to your application and what you will be getting on ODSP. These monies go back to when your completed application was received by ODSP.

How long does ODSP last for? ›

If you still qualify, you will continue to get financial support. If you do not qualify anymore, your income support payments will be stopped after three months.

Is ODSP permanent? ›

You can get the Extended Health Benefit for as long as you are eligible for it. You will still have to qualify for ODSP in every other way, including your disability status and assets, and will have to tell us about changes to your situation.

How can I get more money from ODSP? ›

Getting this benefit

Contact your local ODSP office and speak with you caseworker. They will tell you if are eligible for the Employment Transition Benefit. We will add the benefit to your last monthly income support payment if you are eligible.

Is disability getting extra money? ›

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a 5.9% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2022, the largest cost-of-living increase (COLA) in years, due to recent inflation.

Can you work while on ODSP? ›

Can I work and still get ODSP income support? Yes! You can work while you are getting financial help from ODSP. And you will always have more money while working than you would from ODSP income support alone.

How much does ODSP pay monthly? ›

How much can I get from ODSP? If you qualify for ODSP, you can get $1,169 per month as a single individual to help cover your living expenses. Amounts vary depending on your family size, living expenses, and specific situation.

How much is special diet allowance ODSP? ›

The Special Diet Allowance is provided to recipients and their dependants who receive either basic needs/shelter allowance, or the board and lodging amount. The maximum Special Diet Allowance is $250 per month, per member of the benefit unit.

What is the maximum disability benefit? ›

SSDI payments range on average between $800 and $1,800 per month. The maximum benefit you could receive in 2020 is $3,011 per month. The SSA has an online benefits calculator that you can use to obtain an estimate of your monthly benefits.

Is the Canadian government giving 500 to everyone? ›

A Housing Affordability Payment

As work to make housing more affordable continues, the government will provide renters in 2022 a one-time $500 payment to nearly one million low-income Canadians struggling with the cost of housing.

What is Canada Fed deposit $900? ›

The Canada Recovery Benefit is taxable income. The CRA will automatically withhold a 10% tax off all benefit payments, so you will receive a total of $900 every 2-week period. You can still work while collecting CRB.

Will disability benefits increase in 2022? ›

The COLA for 2022 represents a 5.9 percent increase over 2021, and it will impact recipients of Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Can I get a credit card on ODSP? ›

You can have a credit card - you just can't use it.

Can you live with someone on ODSP? ›

And if you live together, OW or ODSP will also decide you are spouses if all of the following are true: You have been living together for at least 3 months. One of you supports the other or the two of you are "financially interdependent". You are "living together as a couple", not as two single people.

Can someone on ODSP sponsor? ›

You cannot be a sponsor if you're getting social assistance, unless it's because you have a disability. This means that you can get income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and still be a sponsor.

Can CRA garnish ODSP? ›

Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Payments, ODSP cannot be garnisheed or attached because as you said the execution creditors cannot get them with the exception of support orders for child support or spousal support.

What day does government checks come out? ›

Here's how it works: If the birthday is on the 1st through the 10th, you are paid on the second Wednesday of each month. If the birthday is on the 11th through the 20th, you are paid on the third Wednesday of the month. If the birthday is on the 21st through the 31st, you are paid on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

How much can you make on ODSP 2021? ›

You can earn up to $200 a month and your income support will not be affected. We apply this $200 earnings exemption to your net income. We calculate half of your net monthly earnings above $200 (50% is exempt). We deduct part or all of your monthly child care and disability-related work costs that you report to us.

Does ODSP come early in December? ›

ODSP payments are expected to be released by the provincial government on the last day of every month. Beneficiaries can pay monthly or at the beginning of each month by transferring funds. This will enable them to take care of their monthly expenses.
ODSP Payment Dates.
Benefit MonthPayment Date
NovemberNovember 30, 2022
10 more rows
Mar 29, 2022

What time does Ontario Works direct deposit come in? ›

Payment schedule

Monthly Ontario Works payments are deposited into your bank account at midnight on the last business day of the previous month.


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