If you are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support and you or a family member is either pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be able to get assistance with your nutrition-related costs.

The Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance may provide you or a family member with either:

  • $40 a month to assist with the costs of a regular diet, or
  • $50 a month to assist with the costs of a non-dairy diet if you are lactose intolerant.

If you receive the Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance while you are pregnant and want to continue receiving the allowance while you are breastfeeding, you may contact your local Ontario Disability Support Program office after you have given birth.

The allowance may be paid until the baby reaches 12 months of age.

How do I get this benefit?

Contact your local Ontario Disability Support Program office and ask for the Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance form.

Take this form to the relevant health care professional's office and ask to have it filled in.

Here are the kinds of healthcare professionals who can fill out the Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance form:

  • your family doctor or physician
  • a registered nurse in the extended class
  • a registered dietitian
  • a registered midwife
  • a traditional aboriginal midwife.

Once the form is filled in, return it to your local Ontario Disability Support Program office either in person or by mail. We will review your form and send you a letter to tell you if you have been approved.

Learn more

For more on the Pregnancy and Breast-feeding Nutritional Allowance, go to Income Support Directive 6.5 - Pregnancy/Breast-feeding Nutritional Allowance.