Major changes to Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works

Effective today, Ontario residents with disabilities are seeing major changes to provincial programs offering financial support and medical coverage.

The government is loosening some of the stringent rules governing the Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works, which are the primary social support systems for disabled residents.

One of the changes significantly relaxes the rules concerning how much money recipients are allowed to have as assets or savings before having their benefits clawed back.

Single people receiving the disability support program will see their asset limits jump from five-thousand dollars to 40-thousand dollars, while limits for couples will climb from 75-hundred to 50-thousand.

Individuals using Ontario Works will see those limits quadruple from 25-hundred dollars to 10-thousand, while couples will be allowed 15-thousand as opposed to five-thousand.