Ontario Disability Support Program provides income support and health-related benefits to people with disabilities who are in need of financial assistance. The employment supports component of the program offers a range of services to help people with disabilities to look for, obtain or maintain jobs.

Section A: Cases

Table 1: Cases, Dependents and Beneficiaries, by Family Structure

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program Cases1 339,003 349,490 353,183 4.2% 1.1%
Dependents 127,676 130,651 132,561 3.80% 1.50%
Dependent Children Under 18 64,756 66,624 67,817 4.70% 1.80%
Dependent Adults 19,035 19,406 19,713 3.60% 1.60%
Spouses 43,885 44,621 45,031 2.60% 0.90%
Beneficiaries2 466,679 480,141 485,744 4.10% 1.20%
Singles without children          
Cases1 265,798 274,960 277,693 4.50% 1.00%
Couples without children          
Cases1 24,709 25,134 25,257 2.20% 0.50%
Dependents 24,709 25,134 25,257 2.20% 0.50%
Spouses 24,709 25,134 25,257 2.20% 0.50%
Beneficiaries2 49,418 50,268 50,514 2.20% 0.50%
Couples with children Cases1          
Cases 19,176 19,487 19,774 3.10% 1.50%
Dependents 58,105 59,269 60,145 3.50% 1.50%
Dependent Children Under 18 31,601 32,270 32,700 3.50% 1.30%
Dependent Adults 7,328 7,512 7,671 4.70% 2.10%
Spouses 19,176 19,487 19,774 3.10% 1.50%
Beneficiaries2 77,281 78,756 79,919 3.40% 1.50%
Singles with children          
Cases1 29,320 29,909 30,459 3.90% 1.80%
Dependents 44,862 46,248 47,159 5.10% 2.00%
Dependent Children Under 18 33,155 34,354 35,117 5.90% 2.20%
Dependent Adults 11,707 11,894 12,042 2.90% 1.20%
Beneficiaries2 74,182 76,157 77,618 4.60% 1.90%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).
2 - The number of beneficiaries refers to the total number of single individuals and heads of family units on social assistance plus all their
dependents (i.e., spouses, dependent children and dependent adults).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

ODSP Trends Figure 1 ODSP Trends Figure 2 ODSP Trends Figure 3 ODSP Trends Figure 4

Table 2: Cases1, by Family Structure and Sex of the Head of the Family

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
Female 158,292 163,010 164,742 4.10% 1.10%
Male 180,711 186,480 188,441 4.30% 1.10%
Singles without children          
Female 115,136 118,989 120,044 4.30% 0.90%
Male 150,662 155,971 157,649 4.60% 1.10%
Couples without children          
Female 10,415 10,659 10,726 3.00% 0.60%
Male 14,294 14,475 14,531 1.70% 0.40%
Couples with children          
Female 7,217 7,352 7,455 3.30% 1.40%
Male 11,959 12,135 12,319 3.00% 1.50%
Singles with children          
Female 25,524 26,010 26,517 3.90% 1.90%
Male 3,796 3,899 3,942 3.80% 1.10%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Table 3: Cases1, by Family Structure and Age of the Head of the Family

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
18-21 years old 14,873 14,990 15,123 1.70% 0.90%
22-24 years old 15,374 16,035 16,229 5.60% 1.20%
25-34 years old 53,700 56,169 57,208 6.50% 1.80%
35-44 years old 57,508 59,015 59,714 3.80% 1.20%
45-54 years old 90,171 90,299 90,311 0.20% 0.00%
55-64 years old 95,372 100,455 101,946 6.90% 1.50%
65 years old and over 12,005 12,527 12,652 5.40% 1.00%
Singles without children          
18-21 years old 14,315 14,486 14,582 1.90% 0.70%
22-24 years old 14,010 14,611 14,784 5.50% 1.20%
25-34 years old 42,884 45,164 46,025 7.30% 1.90%
35-44 years old 40,170 41,277 41,702 3.80% 1.00%
45-54 years old 68,178 68,395 68,298 0.20% -0.10%
55-64 years old 78,413 82,837 84,067 7.20% 1.50%
65 years old and over 7,828 8,190 8,235 5.20% 0.50%
Couples without children          
18-21 years old 214 202 209 -2.30% 3.50%
22-24 years old 413 455 438 6.10% -3.70%
25-34 years old 2,006 2,009 2,038 1.60% 1.40%
35-44 years old 2,542 2,491 2,501 -1.60% 0.40%
45-54 years old 6,350 6,199 6,186 -2.60% -0.20%
55-64 years old 9,804 10,273 10,341 5.50% 0.70%
65 years old and over 3,380 3,505 3,544 4.90% 1.10%
Couples with children          
18-21 years old 147 127 123 -16.30% -3.10%
22-24 years old 440 432 457 3.90% 5.80%
25-34 years old 3,722 3,679 3,700 -0.60% 0.60%
35-44 years old 5,300 5,519 5,564 5.00% 0.80%
45-54 years old 5,872 5,904 5,993 2.10% 1.50%
55-64 years old 3,164 3,272 3,350 5.90% 2.40%
65 years old and over 531 554 587 10.50% 6.00%
Singles with children          
18-21 years old 197 175 209 6.10% 19.40%
22-24 years old 511 537 550 7.60% 2.40%
25-34 years old 5,088 5,317 5,445 7.00% 2.40%
35-44 years old 9,496 9,728 9,947 4.70% 2.30%
45-54 years old 9,771 9,801 9,834 0.60% 0.30%
55-64 years old 3,991 4,073 4,188 4.90% 2.80%
65 years old and over 266 278 286 7.50% 2.90%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Table 4: Cases1, by Family Structure and Family Size

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
1 member 265,798 274,960 277,693 4.50% 1.00%
2 members 43,266 43,866 44,288 2.40% 1.00%
3 members 15,223 15,454 15,747 3.40% 1.90%
4 members 8,505 8,735 8,868 4.30% 1.50%
5 members 3,820 3,976 4,061 6.30% 2.10%
6 or more members 2,391 2,499 2,526 5.60% 1.10%
Singles without children          
1 member 265,798 274,960 277,693 4.50% 1.00%
Couples without children          
2 members 24,709 25,134 25,257 2.20% 0.50%
Couples with children          
3 members 7,836 7,896 8,021 2.40% 1.60%
4 members 6,117 6,202 6,269 2.50% 1.10%
5 members 3,117 3,213 3,284 5.40% 2.20%
6 or more members 2,106 2,176 2,200 4.50% 1.10%
Singles with children          
2 members 18,557 18,732 19,031 2.60% 1.60%
3 members 7,387 7,558 7,726 4.60% 2.20%
4 members 2,388 2,533 2,599 8.80% 2.60%
5 members 703 763 777 10.50% 1.80%
6 or more members 285 323 326 14.40% 0.90%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Table 5: Cases1, by Family Structure and Age of Youngest Child

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Number of Cases with Children 48,496 49,396 50,233 3.60% 1.70%
5 years old and under 12,202 12,442 12,766 4.60% 2.60%
6-12 years old 13,545 14,172 14,388 6.20% 1.50%
13-17 years old 12,164 12,107 12,264 0.80% 1.30%
18 years old and over 10,585 10,675 10,815 2.20% 1.30%
Couples with children 19,176 19,487 19,774 3.10% 1.50%
5 years old and under 6,502 6,539 6,677 2.70% 2.10%
6-12 years old 5,549 5,736 5,763 3.90% 0.50%
13-17 years old 4,049 4,042 4,087 0.90% 1.10%
18 years old and over 3,076 3,170 3,247 5.60% 2.40%
Singles with children 29,320 29,909 30,459 3.90% 1.80%
5 years old and under 5,700 5,903 6,089 6.80% 3.20%
6-12 years old 7,996 8,436 8,625 7.90% 2.20%
13-17 years old 8,115 8,065 8,177 0.80% 1.40%
18 years old and over 7,509 7,505 7,568 0.80% 0.80%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Table 6: Cases1, by Family Structure and Case Class

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
Grandparented FBA Permanently Unemployable2 44,261 42,267 41,535 -6.20% -1.70%
Grandparented FBA Disabled 18,197 17,397 17,109 -6.00% -1.70%
ODSP Disabled 270,215 283,043 287,304 6.30% 1.50%
Seniors and others 6,330 6,783 7,235 14.30% 6.70%
Singles without children          
Grandparented FBA Permanently Unemployable2 37,832 36,309 35,729 -5.60% -1.60%
Grandparented FBA Disabled 16,047 15,382 15,122 -5.80% -1.70%
ODSP Disabled 207,666 218,683 221,866 6.80% 1.50%
Seniors and others 4,253 4,586 4,976 17.00% 8.50%
Couples without children          
Grandparented FBA Permanently Unemployable2 3,813 3,596 3,528 -7.50% -1.90%
Grandparented FBA Disabled 1,330 1,246 1,234 -7.20% -1.00%
ODSP Disabled 17,789 18,409 18,560 4.30% 0.80%
Seniors and others 1,777 1,883 1,935 8.90% 2.80%
Couples with children          
Grandparented FBA Permanently Unemployable2 1,230 1,116 1,079 -12.30% -3.30%
Grandparented FBA Disabled 403 377 366 -9.20% -2.90%
ODSP Disabled 17,362 17,801 18,120 4.40% 1.80%
Seniors and others 181 193 209 15.50% 8.30%
Singles with children          
Grandparented FBA Permanently Unemployable2 1,386 1,246 1,199 -13.50% -3.80%
Grandparented FBA Disabled 417 392 387 -7.20% -1.30%
ODSP Disabled 27,398 28,150 28,758 5.00% 2.20%
Seniors and others 119 121 115 -3.40% -5.00%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

2 - There is no "permanently unemployable" PUE category in ODSP. People who were receiving Family Benefits as permanently unemployable cases were grandparented into ODSP when the Act was proclaimed in June 1998. The current Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) does not contain an indicator to identify PUE cases. PUE cases on social assistance rolls in March 2016, December 2016 and in March 2017 were identified by independently matching March 2001 records from CIMS (that contained a PUE indicator) with March 2016, December 2016 and March 2017 records.

The cases in December 2016 whose corresponding records from March 2001 indicated that the cases were classified as PUE were taken to be PUE cases in December 2016. The number of PUE cases for March 2016 and March 2017 was determined in the same manner. Since only records from March 2001 are used to identify grand-parented FBA PUE cases on social assistance rolls, there is a possibility that some grandparented FBA PUE cases, in particular, those who were dropped from the rolls and then reinstated sometime between March 2001 and the quarter of concern, may not be included in the PUE caseload count. However, the number of such cases appears to be small relative to the entire PUE caseload.

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Fig 5: Distribution of ODSP Cases by Case Class, March 2016 and March 2017

ODSP Trends Figure 5

Table 7: Cases1, by Family Structure and Disability

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
Mental Disability 190,647 197,622 199,899 4.90% 1.20%
Psychoses, e.g., Schizophrenia 71,353 73,695 74,590 4.50% 1.20%
Neuroses, e.g., Depression 57,927 60,634 61,566 6.30% 1.50%
Developmental Delay, e.g., Down syndrome 61,367 63,293 63,743 3.90% 0.70%
Physical Disability 128,798 131,118 131,835 2.40% 0.50%
Diseases of the Nervous System, e.g., Parkinson's disease 29,140 29,955 30,358 4.20% 1.30%
Diseases of the Circulatory System 10,095 10,282 10,306 2.10% 0.20%
Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System 39,073 39,880 40,070 2.60% 0.50%
Other Physical Illness Conditions 50,490 51,001 51,101 1.20% 0.20%
No ICD9 information 19,558 20,750 21,449 9.70% 3.40%
Prescribed class members2 10,514 11,467 12,116 15.20% 5.70%
Others 9,044 9,283 9,333 3.20% 0.50%
Singles without children          
Mental Disability 157,954 163,954 165,616 4.90% 1.00%
Psychoses, e.g., Schizophrenia 59,106 61,113 61,761 4.50% 1.10%
Neuroses, e.g., Depression 44,443 46,692 47,358 6.60% 1.40%
Developmental Delay, e.g., Down syndrome 54,405 56,149 56,497 3.80% 0.60%
Physical Disability 93,486 95,644 96,128 2.80% 0.50%
Diseases of the Nervous System, e.g., Parkinson's disease 22,831 23,445 23,706 3.80% 1.10%
Diseases of the Circulatory System 7,067 7,245 7,268 2.80% 0.30%
Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System 26,304 27,064 27,225 3.50% 0.60%
Other Physical Illness Conditions 37,284 37,890 37,929 1.70% 0.10%
No ICD9 information 14,358 15,362 15,949 11.10% 3.80%
Prescribed class members2 7,213 7,914 8,428 16.80% 6.50%
Others 7,145 7,448 7,521 5.30% 1.00%
Couples without children          
Mental Disability 8,943 9,079 9,160 2.40% 0.90%
Psychoses, e.g., Schizophrenia 2,869 2,914 2,965 3.30% 1.80%
Neuroses, e.g., Depression 3,440 3,535 3,570 3.80% 1.00%
Developmental Delay, e.g., Down syndrome 2,634 2,630 2,625 -0.30% -0.20%
Physical Disability 12,159 12,331 12,340 1.50% 0.10%
Diseases of the Nervous System, e.g., Parkinson's disease 2,091 2,127 2,165 3.50% 1.80%
Diseases of the Circulatory System 1,461 1,477 1,474 0.90% -0.20%
Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System 4,281 4,345 4,323 1.00% -0.50%
Other Physical Illness Conditions 4,326 4,382 4,378 1.20% -0.10%
No ICD9 information 3,607 3,724 3,757 4.20% 0.90%
Prescribed class members2 2,507 2,678 2,746 9.50% 2.50%
Others 1,100 1,046 1,011 -8.10% -3.30%
Couples with children          
Mental Disability 8,314 8,548 8,703 4.70% 1.80%
Psychoses, e.g., Schizophrenia 3,180 3,267 3,323 4.50% 1.70%
Neuroses, e.g., Depression 3,124 3,190 3,258 4.30% 2.10%
Developmental Delay, e.g., Down syndrome 2,010 2,091 2,122 5.60% 1.50%
Physical Disability 10,094 10,146 10,240 1.40% 0.90%
Diseases of the Nervous System, e.g., Parkinson's disease 2,014 2,095 2,146 6.60% 2.40%
Diseases of the Circulatory System 874 887 895 2.40% 0.90%
Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System 3,461 3,459 3,475 0.40% 0.50%
Other Physical Illness Conditions 3,745 3,705 3,724 -0.60% 0.50%
No ICD9 information 768 793 831 8.20% 4.80%
Prescribed class members2 420 445 478 13.80% 7.40%
Others 348 348 353 1.40% 1.40%
Singles with children          
Mental Disability 15,436 16,041 16,420 6.40% 2.40%
Psychoses, e.g., Schizophrenia 6,198 6,401 6,541 5.50% 2.20%
Neuroses, e.g., Depression 6,920 7,217 7,380 6.60% 2.30%
Developmental Delay, e.g., Down syndrome 2,318 2,423 2,499 7.80% 3.10%
Physical Disability 13,059 12,997 13,127 0.50% 1.00%
Diseases of the Nervous System, e.g., Parkinson's disease 2,204 2,288 2,341 6.20% 2.30%
Diseases of the Circulatory System 693 673 669 -3.50% -0.60%
Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System 5,027 5,012 5,047 0.40% 0.70%
Other Physical Illness Conditions 5,135 5,024 5,070 -1.30% 0.90%
No ICD9 information 825 871 912 10.50% 4.70%
Prescribed class members2 374 430 464 24.10% 7.90%
Others 451 441 448 -0.70% 1.60%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).
2 - Applicants who are members of a prescribed class do not require disability adjudication and are granted ODSP income support if they are found to be financially eligible. Members of prescribed classes include:

(1) Persons receiving federal Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits or Quebec Pension Plan Disability Benefits; (2) Persons aged 65 years or older who are not eligible for Old Age Security; (3) Persons who were either a recipient or spouse of a recipient of benefits under specific case classes under the former Family Benefits Act on May 31, 1998; (4) Former residents of a Schedule 1 facility under the Developmental Services Act who ceased to be resident of that facility on or after June 1, 1998; (5) Persons residing in a facility that was a former Provincial Psychiatric Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, or Homewood Health Centre; (6) Persons residing in a home under the Homes for Special Care Act; (7) Persons determined eligible for services, supports and funding under the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 (SIPDDA), including persons living in the community as a renter, owner, a tenant, a border or living in an intensive support or supported group living residence as defined under the SIPDDA.

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Fig 6: Distribution of ODSP Cases by Disability, March 2016 and March 2017

ODSP Trends Figure 6

Table 8: Cases1, by Family Structure and Length of Time on Social Assistance

March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
1-35 months 64,378 69,750 72,961 13.30% 4.60%
36-59 months 48,174 44,479 42,597 -11.60% -4.20%
60+ months 226,451 235,261 237,625 4.90% 1.00%
Average time on assistance (months) 121 121 121 0.00% 0.00%
Singles without children          
1-35 months 50,476 54,514 56,729 12.40% 4.10%
36-59 months 36,124 34,065 32,791 -9.20% -3.70%
60+ months 179,198 186,381 188,173 5.00% 1.00%
Average time on assistance (months) 126 126 126 0.00% 0.00%
Couples without children          
1-35 months 4,273 4,596 4,772 11.70% 3.80%
36-59 months 3,505 3,068 2,942 -16.10% -4.10%
60+ months 16,931 17,470 17,543 3.60% 0.40%
Average time on assistance (months) 123 124 125 1.60% 0.80%
Couples with children          
1-35 months 3,662 3,957 4,223 15.30% 6.70%
36-59 months 3,253 2,816 2,662 -18.20% -5.50%
60+ months 12,261 12,714 12,889 5.10% 1.40%
Average time on assistance (months) 95 96 96 1.10% 0.00%
Singles with children          
1-35 months 5,967 6,683 7,237 21.30% 8.30%
36-59 months 5,292 4,530 4,202 -20.60% -7.20%
60+ months 18,061 18,696 19,020 5.30% 1.70%
Average time on assistance (months) 89 90 89 0.00% -1.10%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Fig 7: Distribution of Ontario Disability Support Program Cases by Length of Time (months) on Assistance, March 2016 and March 2017

ODSP Trends Figure 7

Table 9: Cases1, by Family Structure and Type of Accommodation

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
Boarders 44,768 45,508 45,880 2.50% 0.80%
Owners 18,607 18,864 18,961 1.90% 0.50%
Renters 259,479 268,687 271,791 4.70% 1.20%
Private market 221,581 231,588 234,969 6.00% 1.50%
Subsidized 37,898 37,099 36,822 -2.80% -0.70%
Others 16,149 16,431 16,551 2.50% 0.70%
Singles without children          
Boarders 44,241 44,972 45,330 2.50% 0.80%
Owners 8,875 9,099 9,136 2.90% 0.40%
Renters 196,672 204,622 206,854 5.20% 1.10%
Private market 168,883 177,431 179,901 6.50% 1.40%
Subsidized 27,789 27,191 26,953 -3.00% -0.90%
Others 16,010 16,267 16,373 2.30% 0.70%
Couples without children          
Boarders 150 156 158 5.30% 1.30%
Owners 4,405 4,493 4,492 2.00% 0.00%
Renters 20,111 20,433 20,554 2.20% 0.60%
Private market 18,178 18,542 18,686 2.80% 0.80%
Subsidized 1,933 1,891 1,868 -3.40% -1.20%
Others 43 52 53 23.30% 1.90%
Couples with children          
Boarders 64 67 70 9.40% 4.50%
Owners 3,416 3,392 3,419 0.10% 0.80%
Renters 15,660 15,986 16,242 3.70% 1.60%
Private market 13,250 13,647 13,907 5.00% 1.90%
Subsidized 2,410 2,339 2,335 -3.10% -0.20%
Others 36 42 43 19.40% 2.40%
Singles with children          
Boarders 313 313 322 2.90% 2.90%
Owners 1,911 1,880 1,914 0.20% 1.80%
Renters 27,036 27,646 28,141 4.10% 1.80%
Private market 21,270 21,968 22,475 5.70% 2.30%
Subsidized 5,766 5,678 5,666 -1.70% -0.20%
Others 60 70 82 36.70% 17.10%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Fig 8: Distribution of ODSP Cases by Type of Accommodation, March 2016 and March 2017

ODSP Trends Figure 8

Table 10: Cases1, by Consolidated Municipal Service Managers

    March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2017 - as a % of Total Cases March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Toronto Toronto City 74,398 76,785 77,513 21.90% 4.20% 0.90%
Central East Durham Region 12,616 13,036 13,192 3.70% 4.60% 1.20%
  Kawartha Lakes City 2,763 2,809 2,817 0.80% 2.00% 0.30%
  Northumberland County 2,396 2,467 2,485 0.70% 3.70% 0.70%
  Peterborough City 4,932 5,139 5,201 1.50% 5.50% 1.20%
  Simcoe County 12,131 12,537 12,735 3.60% 5.00% 1.60%
  York Region 11,657 12,117 12,287 3.50% 5.40% 1.40%
Central West Dufferin County 921 962 986 0.30% 7.10% 2.50%
  Halton Region 5,424 5,638 5,719 1.60% 5.40% 1.40%
  Peel Region 18,166 18,880 19,140 5.40% 5.40% 1.40%
  Waterloo Region 11,341 11,698 11,858 3.40% 4.60% 1.40%
  Wellington County 4,110 4,293 4,308 1.20% 4.80% 0.30%
Hamilton/Niagara Brantford Cit 5,118 5,242 5,307 1.50% 3.70% 1.20%
  Hamilton City 19,287 19,666 19,835 5.60% 2.80% 0.90%
  Niagara Region 15,295 15,721 15,869 4.50% 3.80% 0.90%
  Norfolk Twp 2,731 2,794 2,836 0.80% 3.80% 1.50%
South West Bruce County 1,490 1,558 1,575 0.40% 5.70% 1.10%
   Chatham-Kent City 4,133 4,259 4,298 1.20% 4.00% 0.90%
  Grey County 2,986 3,068 3,110 0.90% 4.20% 1.40%
  Huron County 1,641 1,725 1,751 0.50% 6.70% 1.50%
  Lambton County 3,376 3,471 3,525 1.00% 4.40% 1.60%
  London City 13,296 13,967 14,101 4.00% 6.10% 1.00%
  Oxford County 2,554 2,588 2,622 0.70% 2.70% 1.30%
  St Thomas City 2,543 2,581 2,592 0.70% 1.90% 0.40%
  Stratford City 1,575 1,595 1,621 0.50% 2.90% 1.60%
  Windsor City 12,177 12,578 12,723 3.60% 4.50% 1.20%
South East Hastings County 7,271 7,661 7,768 2.20% 6.80% 1.40%
  Kingston City 6,707 6,894 6,986 2.00% 4.20% 1.30%
  Lanark County 2,317 2,368 2,390 0.70% 3.20% 0.90%
  Leeds & Grenville County 3,394 3,523 3,572 1.00% 5.20% 1.40%
  Lennox & Addington County 2,363 2,419 2,449 0.70% 3.60% 1.20%
Eastern Cornwall City 4,758 4,828 4,869 1.40% 2.30% 0.80%
  Ottawa City 23,103 23,566 23,758 6.70% 2.80% 0.80%
  Prescott & Russell United Counties 2,690 2,708 2,716 0.80% 1.00% 0.30%
  Renfrew County 3,247 3,355 3,378 1.00% 4.00% 0.70%
North East Cochrane Dssab 3,036 3,062 3,091 0.90% 1.80% 0.90%
  Muskoka District 1,643 1,701 1,708 0.50% 4.00% 0.40%
  Nipissing Dssab 4,141 4,211 4,230 1.20% 2.10% 0.50%
  Parry Sound Dssab 1,397 1,458 1,456 0.40% 4.20% -0.10%
  Timiskaming Dssab 1,412 1,435 1,456 0.40% 3.10% 1.50%
Northern Algoma Dssab 1,489 1,504 1,515 0.40% 1.70% 0.70%
  Greater Sudbury City 6,130 6,275 6,345 1.80% 3.50% 1.10%
  Kenora Dssab 1,215 1,183 1,184 0.30% -2.60% 0.10%
  Manitoulin-Sudbury Dssab 951 955 968 0.30% 1.80% 1.40%
  Rainy River Dssab 476 492 491 0.10% 3.20% -0.20%
  Sault Ste Marie Dssab 3,965 4,069 4,022 1.10% 1.40% -1.20%
  Thunder Bay Dssab 5,755 5,853 5,880 1.70% 2.20% 0.50%
  First Nations 2,486 2,796 2,945 0.80% 18.50% 5.30%
  Provincial Total 339,003 349,490 353,183 100.00% 4.20% 1.10%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Table 11: Cases1, by Family Structure and Employment Earnings

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
Cases 339,003 349,490 353,183 4.20% 1.10%
Earners 35,236 38,154 37,199 5.60% -2.50%
% Earners 10% 11% 11%    
Average Net Earnings, monthly($) 823 882 854 3.70% -3.20%
Singles without children          
Cases 265,798 274,960 277,693 4.50% 1.00%
Earners 22,005 24,099 23,350 6.10% -3.10%
% Earners 8% 9% 8%    
Average Net Earnings, monthly($) 551 613 587 6.50% -4.40%
Couples without children          
Cases 24,709 25,134 25,257 2.20% 0.50%
Earners 5,482 5,849 5,774 5.30% -1.30%
% Earners 22% 23% 23%    
Average Net Earnings, monthly($) 1,280 1,364 1,327 3.70% -2.70%
Couples with children          
Cases 19,176 19,487 19,774 3.10% 1.50%
Earners 5,441 5,719 5,635 3.60% -1.50%
% Earners 28% 29% 28%    
Average Net Earnings, monthly($) 1,444 1,506 1,464 1.40% -2.80%
Singles with children          
Cases 29,320 29,909 30,459 3.90% 1.80%
Earners 2,308 2,487 2,440 5.70% -1.90%
% Earners 8% 8% 8%    
Average Net Earnings, monthly($) 872 912 880 0.90% -3.50%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Fig 9: Distribution of ODSP Earners by Family Type, March 2016 and March 2017

ODSP Trends Figure 9

Table 12: Cases1, by Family Structure and Other (Selected) Sources of Income

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program          
OAS/GIS 2,938 3,070 3,032 3.20% -1.20%
Support payments 5,842 5,935 841 -85.60% -85.80%
Child 4,881 4,876 61 -98.80% -98.70%
Spouse 842 824 760 -9.70% -7.80%
Global* 119 235 20 -83.20% -91.50%
Employment Insurance 567 445 636 12.20% 42.90%
Canada Pension Plan 42,018 42,268 42,317 0.70% 0.10%
Disabled Benefits 31,413 31,579 31,681 0.90% 0.30%
Survivor/Retired/Other Benefits 10,605 10,689 10,636 0.30% -0.50%
Workplace Safety Insurance Board 3,354 3,307 3,289 -1.90% -0.50%
Singles without children          
OAS/GIS 634 607 567 -10.60% -6.60%
Employment Insurance 119 120 165 38.70% 37.50%
Canada Pension Plan 30,280 30,532 30,552 0.90% 0.10%
Disabled Benefits 24,195 24,413 24,442 1.00% 0.10%
Survivor/Retired/Other Benefits 6,085 6,119 6,110 0.40% -0.10%
Workplace Safety Insurance Board 2,230 2,217 2,222 -0.40% 0.20%
Couples without children          
OAS/GIS 1,777 1,867 1,858 4.60% -0.50%
Employment Insurance 164 106 164 0.00% 54.70%
Canada Pension Plan 5,948 5,925 5,885 -1.10% -0.70%
Disabled Benefits 3,888 3,849 3,833 -1.40% -0.40%
Survivor/Retired/Other Benefits 2,060 2,076 2,052 -0.40% -1.20%
Workplace Safety Insurance Board 636 613 606 -4.70% -1.10%
Couples with children          
OAS/GIS 373 431 438 17.40% 1.60%
Employment Insurance 236 178 265 12.30% 48.90%
Canada Pension Plan 2,430 2,391 2,443 0.50% 2.20%
Disabled Benefits 1,464 1,430 1,457 -0.50% 1.90%
Survivor/Retired/Other Benefits 966 961 986 2.10% 2.60%
Workplace Safety Insurance Board 272 274 267 -1.80% -2.60%
Singles with children          
OAS/GIS 154 165 169 9.70% 2.40%
Employment Insurance 48 41 42 -12.50% 2.40%
Canada Pension Plan 3,360 3,420 3,437 2.30% 0.50%
Disabled Benefits 1,866 1,887 1,949 4.40% 3.30%
Survivor/Retired/Other Benefits 1,494 1,533 1,488 -0.40% -2.90%
Workplace Safety Insurance Board 216 203 194 -10.20% -4.40%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

* Support order that does not specify a support amount for each individual (child or spouse), but provides a total amount for all individuals (i.e., all children and in some cases, the spouse).

Data suppressed to protect the confidentiality of social assistance recipient’s personal information.

Child support payments have been fully exempt from social assistance benefit calculations since January 1, 2017.

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Section B: Beneficiaries

Table 13: Beneficiaries1, by Consolidated Municipal Service Managers

    March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2017 - as a % of Total Beneficiaries March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Toronto Toronto City 101,682 105,051 106,269 21.90% 4.50% 1.20%
Central East Durham Region 17,040 17,603 17,817 3.70% 4.60% 1.20%
  Kawartha Lakes City 3,770 3,775 3,795 0.80% 0.70% 0.50%
  Northumberland County 3,339 3,407 3,444 0.70% 3.10% 1.10%
  Peterborough City 6,743 7,083 7,157 1.50% 6.10% 1.00%
  Simcoe County 16,311 16,799 17,044 3.50% 4.50% 1.50%
  York Region 15,554 16,046 16,291 3.40% 4.70% 1.50%
Central West Dufferin County 1,195 1,231 1,268 0.30% 6.10% 3.00%
  Halton Region 6,811 7,057 7,143 1.50% 4.90% 1.20%
  Peel Region 25,524 26,371 26,750 5.50% 4.80% 1.40%
  Waterloo Region 15,429 15,940 16,179 3.30% 4.90% 1.50%
  Wellington County 5,309 5,548 5,577 1.10% 5.00% 0.50%
Hamilton/Niagara Brantford Cit 7,345 7,496 7,613 1.60% 3.60% 1.60%
  Hamilton City 27,748 28,270 28,478 5.90% 2.60% 0.70%
  Niagara Region 21,054 21,549 21,769 4.50% 3.40% 1.00%
  Norfolk Twp 3,696 3,700 3,779 0.80% 2.20% 2.10%
South West Bruce County 2,076 2,156 2,185 0.40% 5.30% 1.30%
   Chatham-Kent City 5,874 6,039 6,117 1.30% 4.10% 1.30%
  Grey County 4,037 4,103 4,177 0.90% 3.50% 1.80%
  Huron County 2,310 2,429 2,464 0.50% 6.70% 1.40%
  Lambton County 4,539 4,634 4,737 1.00% 4.40% 2.20%
  London City 18,238 19,130 19,374 4.00% 6.20% 1.30%
  Oxford County 3,427 3,473 3,505 0.70% 2.30% 0.90%
  St Thomas City 3,548 3,590 3,598 0.70% 1.40% 0.20%
  Stratford City 1,991 2,042 2,086 0.40% 4.80% 2.20%
  Windsor City 17,488 18,054 18,300 3.80% 4.60% 1.40%
South East Hastings County 10,861 11,474 11,610 2.40% 6.90% 1.20%
  Kingston City 9,175 9,377 9,499 2.00% 3.50% 1.30%
  Lanark County 3,255 3,312 3,344 0.70% 2.70% 1.00%
  Leeds & Grenville County 4,735 4,865 4,956 1.00% 4.70% 1.90%
  Lennox & Addington County 3,462 3,530 3,553 0.70% 2.60% 0.70%
Eastern Cornwall City 7,244 7,326 7,419 1.50% 2.40% 1.30%
  Ottawa City 31,229 31,867 32,118 6.60% 2.80% 0.80%
  Prescott & Russell United Counties 3,704 3,700 3,717 0.80% 0.40% 0.50%
  Renfrew County 4,388 4,512 4,563 0.90% 4.00% 1.10%
North East Cochrane Dssab 4,187 4,198 4,230 0.90% 1.00% 0.80%
  Muskoka District 2,263 2,339 2,336 0.50% 3.20% -0.10%
  Nipissing Dssab 5,622 5,750 5,792 1.20% 3.00% 0.70%
  Parry Sound Dssab 1,950 2,015 2,021 0.40% 3.60% 0.30%
  Timiskaming Dssab 1,896 1,925 1,967 0.40% 3.70% 2.20%
Northern Algoma Dssab 2,148 2,173 2,197 0.50% 2.30% 1.10%
  Greater Sudbury City 8,038 8,223 8,347 1.70% 3.80% 1.50%
  Kenora Dssab 1,600 1,521 1,529 0.30% -4.40% 0.50%
  Manitoulin-Sudbury Dssab 1,315 1,323 1,341 0.30% 2.00% 1.40%
  Rainy River Dssab 632 647 656 0.10% 3.80% 1.40%
  Sault Ste Marie Dssab 5,586 5,677 5,629 1.20% 0.80% -0.80%
  Thunder Bay Dssab 7,758 7,865 7,856 1.60% 1.30% -0.10%
  First Nations 3,553 3,946 4,148 0.90% 16.70% 5.10%
  Provincial Total 466,679 480,141 485,744 100.00% 4.10% 1.20%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - The number of beneficiaries refers to the total number of single individuals and heads of family units on social assistance plus all their dependents (i.e., spouses, dependent children and dependent adults).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Section C: Children

Table 14: Dependent Children1, by Family Type

  March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Ontario Disability Support Program 64,756 66,624 67,817 4.70% 1.80%
Sex of Head of Family          
Female 40,748 42,065 42,925 5.30% 2.00%
Male 24,008 24,559 24,892 3.70% 1.40%
Age of Child          
5 years old and younger 15,902 16,213 16,592 4.30% 2.30%
 6 - 12 years old 25,607 26,861 27,363 6.90% 1.90%
13 - 17 years old 23,247 23,550 23,862 2.60% 1.30%
Two-Parent Families 31,601 32,270 32,700 3.50% 1.30%
Sex of Head of Family          
Female 11,409 11,687 11,843 3.80% 1.30%
Male 20,192 20,583 20,857 3.30% 1.30%
Age of Child          
5 years old and younger 8,940 8,988 9,163 2.50% 1.90%
 6 - 12 years old 12,783 13,207 13,400 4.80% 1.50%
13 - 17 years old 9,878 10,075 10,137 2.60% 0.60%
Single-Parent Families 33,155 34,354 35,117 5.90% 2.20%
Sex of Head of Family          
Female 29,339 30,378 31,082 5.90% 2.30%
Male 3,816 3,976 4,035 5.70% 1.50%
Age of Child          
5 years old and younger 6,962 7,225 7,429 6.70% 2.80%
6 - 12 years old 12,824 13,654 13,963 8.90% 2.30%
13 - 17 years old 13,369 13,475 13,725 2.70% 1.90%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - Dependent children refers to children under 18 years of age, who reside in the same dwelling place as the social assistance recipient.

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Fig 10: Distribution of ODSP Children by Family Type, March 2016 and March 2017

ODSP Trends Figure 10

Fig 11: Distribution of ODSP Children by Age of Child, March 2016 and March 2017

ODSP Trends Figure 11

Table 15: Dependent Children1, by Consolidated Municipal Service Managers

    March 2016 December 2016 March 2017 March 2017 - as a % of Total Children March 2016 to March 2017 December 2016 to March 2017
Toronto Toronto City 12,459 12,850 13,131 19.40% 5.40% 2.20%
Central East Durham Region 2,307 2,380 2,417 3.60% 4.80% 1.60%
  Kawartha Lakes City 510 503 514 0.80% 0.80% 2.20%
  Northumberland County 514 507 517 0.80% 0.60% 2.00%
  Peterborough City 942 1,028 1,030 1.50% 9.30% 0.20%
  Simcoe County 2,319 2,383 2,423 3.60% 4.50% 1.70%
  York Region 1,674 1,686 1,740 2.60% 3.90% 3.20%
Central West Dufferin County 152 148 153 0.20% 0.70% 3.40%
  Halton Region 733 767 763 1.10% 4.10% -0.50%
  Peel Region 3,327 3,496 3,538 5.20% 6.30% 1.20%
  Waterloo Region 2,184 2,278 2,319 3.40% 6.20% 1.80%
  Wellington County 663 705 703 1.00% 6.00% -0.30%
Hamilton/Niagara Brantford Cit 1,218 1,250 1,294 1.90% 6.20% 3.50%
  Hamilton City 4,378 4,456 4,483 6.60% 2.40% 0.60%
  Niagara Region 3,044 3,057 3,093 4.60% 1.60% 1.20%
  Norfolk Twp 441 404 436 0.60% -1.10% 7.90%
South West Bruce County 302 310 323 0.50% 7.00% 4.20%
   Chatham-Kent City 884 909 937 1.40% 6.00% 3.10%
  Grey County 552 559 581 0.90% 5.30% 3.90%
  Huron County 400 438 438 0.60% 9.50% 0.00%
  Lambton County 608 627 657 1.00% 8.10% 4.80%
  London City 2,563 2,740 2,789 4.10% 8.80% 1.80%
  Oxford County 458 462 475 0.70% 3.70% 2.80%
  St Thomas City 527 542 545 0.80% 3.40% 0.60%
  Stratford City 227 248 263 0.40% 15.90% 6.00%
  Windsor City 2,639 2,742 2,801 4.10% 6.10% 2.20%
South East Hastings County 2,098 2,273 2,295 3.40% 9.40% 1.00%
  Kingston City 1,394 1,382 1,404 2.10% 0.70% 1.60%
  Lanark County 497 511 524 0.80% 5.40% 2.50%
  Leeds & Grenville County 709 713 740 1.10% 4.40% 3.80%
  Lennox & Addington County 561 572 565 0.80% 0.70% -1.20%
Eastern Cornwall City 1,353 1,390 1,420 2.10% 5.00% 2.20%
  Ottawa City 4,286 4,351 4,394 6.50% 2.50% 1.00%
  Prescott & Russell United Counties 496 496 495 0.70% -0.20% -0.20%
  Renfrew County 579 576 601 0.90% 3.80% 4.30%
North East Cochrane Dssab 622 621 624 0.90% 0.30% 0.50%
  Muskoka District 322 342 341 0.50% 5.90% -0.30%
  Nipissing Dssab 760 797 819 1.20% 7.80% 2.80%
  Parry Sound Dssab 273 265 269 0.40% -1.50% 1.50%
  Timiskaming Dssab 237 240 253 0.40% 6.80% 5.40%
Northern Algoma Dssab 301 329 350 0.50% 16.30% 6.40%
  Greater Sudbury City 1,016 1,081 1,124 1.70% 10.60% 4.00%
  Kenora Dssab 223 188 196 0.30% -12.10% 4.30%
  Manitoulin-Sudbury Dssab 189 188 192 0.30% 1.60% 2.10%
  Rainy River Dssab 95 99 107 0.20% 12.60% 8.10%
  Sault Ste Marie Dssab 959 932 933 1.40% -2.70% 0.10%
  Thunder Bay Dssab 1,185 1,178 1,156 1.70% -2.40% -1.90%
  First Nations 576 625 652 1.00% 13.20% 4.30%
  Provincial Total 64,756 66,624 67,817 100.00% 4.70% 1.80%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - Dependent children refers to children under 18 years of age, who reside in the same dwelling place as the social assistance recipient.

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Section D: Trends

Table 16a: Cases1 - Historical Trends - Number of Cases (Monthly Average)

  Singles without children Couples without children Couples with children Singles with children Ontario Disability Support
1995-96 131,834 20,766 11,535 7,958 172,092
1996-97 135,587 22,170 12,651 9,257 179,666
1997-98 139,727 22,504 13,065 10,182 185,479
1998-99 142,518 22,353 13,407 11,114 189,392
1999-00 142,929 21,660 13,362 11,586 189,536
2000-01 145,000 21,225 13,172 12,488 191,885
2001-02 145,536 20,499 12,707 13,306 192,048
2002-03 147,975 19,913 12,295 13,957 194,140
2003-04 153,323 19,711 12,194 14,859 200,086
2004-05 158,462 19,491 12,141 15,786 205,880
2005-06 163,889 19,373 12,224 16,571 212,058
2006-07 171,919 19,449 12,539 17,811 221,718
2007-08 182,498 20,132 13,463 19,579 235,672
2008-09 191,679 20,693 14,115 20,989 247,476
2009-10 202,197 21,628 15,185 22,499 261,509
2010-11 213,505 22,423 16,176 24,086 276,191
2011-12 224,121 23,097 17,036 25,422 289,676
2012-13 234,681 23,695 17,774 26,583 302,733
2013-14 244,059 24,198 18,383 27,393 314,033
2014-15 254,257 24,533 19,001 28,501 326,293
2014/Jun 250,255 24,488 18,741 27,895 321,379
2014/Sep 253,174 24,662 18,853 27,952 324,641
2014/Dec 258,266 24,653 19,384 29,346 331,649
2015/Mar 259,257 24,486 19,397 29,423 332,563
2015-16 262,737 24,475 19,237 29,484 335,933
2015/Jun 260,389 24,356 19,235 29,606 333,586
2015/Sep 262,845 24,537 19,348 29,507 336,237
2015/Dec 264,729 24,665 19,299 29,470 338,163
2016/Mar 265,798 24,709 19,176 29,320 339,003
2016-17 272,045 24,869 19,309 29,847 346,070
2016/Jun 268,500 24,850 19,216 29,615 342,181
2016/Sep 272,002 24,940 19,304 29,768 346,014
2016/Dec 274,960 25,134 19,487 29,909 349,490
2017/Mar 277,693 25,257 19,774 30,459 353,183

Table 16b: Cases1 - Historical Trends - Percentage change over previous period

  Singles without children Couples without children Couples with children Singles with children Ontario Disability Support
1995-96          
1996-97 2.80% 6.80% 9.70% 16.30% 4.40%
1997-98 3.10% 1.50% 3.30% 10.00% 3.20%
1998-99 2.00% -0.70% 2.60% 9.20% 2.10%
1999-00 0.30% -3.10% -0.30% 4.20% 0.10%
2000-01 1.40% -2.00% -1.40% 7.80% 1.20%
2001-02 0.40% -3.40% -3.50% 6.60% 0.10%
2002-03 1.70% -2.90% -3.20% 4.90% 1.10%
2003-04 3.60% -1.00% -0.80% 6.50% 3.10%
2004-05 3.40% -1.10% -0.40% 6.20% 2.90%
2005-06 3.40% -0.60% 0.70% 5.00% 3.00%
2006-07 4.90% 0.40% 2.60% 7.50% 4.60%
2007-08 6.20% 3.50% 7.40% 9.90% 6.30%
2008-09 5.00% 2.80% 4.80% 7.20% 5.00%
2009-10 5.50% 4.50% 7.60% 7.20% 5.70%
2010-11 5.60% 3.70% 6.50% 7.10% 5.60%
2011-12 5.00% 3.00% 5.30% 5.50% 4.90%
2012-13 4.70% 2.60% 4.30% 4.60% 4.50%
2013-14 4.00% 2.10% 3.40% 3.00% 3.70%
2014-15 4.20% 1.40% 3.40% 4.00% 3.90%
2014/Jun 0.90% 0.20% 0.70% 1.10% 0.80%
2014/Sep 1.20% 0.70% 0.60% 0.20% 1.00%
2014/Dec 2.00% 0.00% 2.80% 5.00% 2.20%
2015/Mar 0.40% -0.70% 0.10% 0.30% 0.30%
2015-16 3.30% -0.20% 1.20% 3.40% 3.00%
2015/Jun 0.40% -0.50% -0.80% 0.60% 0.30%
2015/Sep 0.90% 0.70% 0.60% -0.30% 0.80%
2015/Dec 0.70% 0.50% -0.30% -0.10% 0.60%
2016/Mar 0.40% 0.20% -0.60% -0.50% 0.20%
2016-17 3.50% 1.60% 0.40% 1.20% 3.00%
2016/Jun 1.00% 0.60% 0.20% 1.00% 0.90%
2016/Sep 1.30% 0.40% 0.50% 0.50% 1.10%
2016/Dec 1.10% 0.80% 0.90% 0.50% 1.00%
2017/Mar 1.00% 0.50% 1.50% 1.80% 1.10%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance (e.g., a family on social assistance is counted as one case).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

Table 17: Beneficiaries1 - Historical Trends - Number of Beneficiaries

  Monthly Average % Change over previous period
1995-96 238,040  
1996-97 252,610 6.10%
1997-98 261,737 3.60%
1998-99 268,159 2.50%
1999-00 268,286 0.00%
2000-01 271,144 1.10%
2001-02 270,558 -0.20%
2002-03 271,740 0.40%
2003-04 278,393 2.40%
2004-05 285,231 2.50%
2005-06 292,622 2.60%
2006-07 305,202 4.30%
2007-08 325,552 6.70%
2008-09 342,149 5.10%
2009-10 362,594 6.00%
2010-11 383,341 5.70%
2011-12 402,307 4.90%
2012-13 420,128 4.40%
2013-14 435,052 3.60%
2014-15 451,576 3.80%
2014/Jun 444,688 0.80%
2014/Sep 448,515 0.90%
2014/Dec 459,814 2.50%
2015/Mar 460,742 0.20%
2015-16 463,889 2.70%
2015/Jun 461,639 0.20%
2015/Sep 464,630 0.60%
2015/Dec 466,454 0.40%
2016/Mar 466,679 0.00%
2016-17 475,637 2.50%
2016/Jun 470,863 0.90%
2016/Sep 475,437 1.00%
2016/Dec 480,141 1.00%
2017/Mar 485,744 1.20%

Table 18: Children - Historical Trends - Number of Children

  Monthly Average % Change over previous period
1995-96 29,883  
1996-97 33,999 13.80%
1997-98 36,351 6.90%
1998-99 37,989 4.50%
1999-00 37,694 -0.80%
2000-01 38,387 1.80%
2001-02 38,466 0.20%
2002-03 38,056 -1.10%
2003-04 39,165 2.90%
2004-05 40,505 3.40%
2005-06 41,821 3.20%
2006-07 44,282 5.90%
2007-08 48,176 8.80%
2008-09 50,562 5.00%
2009-10 53,141 5.10%
2010-11 55,583 4.60%
2011-12 57,791 4.00%
2012-13 59,958 3.80%
2013-14 61,508 2.60%
2014-15 64,023 4.10%
2014/Jun 62,364 0.50%
2014/Sep 62,832 0.80%
2014/Dec 66,382 5.60%
2015/Mar 66,051 -0.50%
2015-16 65,503 2.30%
2015/Jun 65,679 -0.60%
2015/Sep 65,835 0.20%
2015/Dec 65,607 -0.30%
2016/Mar 64,756 -1.30%
2016-17 66,028 0.80%
2016/Jun 65,333 0.90%
2016/Sep 65,893 0.90%
2016/Dec 66,624 1.10%
2017/Mar 67,817 1.80%

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

1 - The number of beneficiaries refers to the total number of single individuals and heads of family units on social assistance plus all their dependents (i.e., spouses, dependent children and dependent adults).

Source: Social Assistance Management System (SAMS)

ODSP Trends Figure 12