January 28, 2013

Effective January 25, 2013, Ontario updated the Special Diet Allowance to include people on social assistance who have chronic hepatitis C with a body mass index of less than 25.

This will help affected individuals with the costs of a special diet, which results in additional costs beyond a regular, healthy diet and is helpful in treating their condition. Eligibility is verified through an assessment by an approved medical professional.

Eligible recipients can request an Application for Special Diet Allowance form from their local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office.

Quick Facts

  • Chronic hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus spread primarily through blood. A chronic infection is a long-term illness that may lead to serious liver problems which affects the body’s ability to remove toxins and digest food.
  • A Special Diet Allowance can help pay for additional dietary costs for chronic hepatitis C patients with a body mass index of less than 25.
  • In 2011, Ontario revised the Special Diet Allowance to make it more accountable to taxpayers while helping social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions receive the special diets they need.

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