If you are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support, the Employment and Training Start Up Benefit can help pay for items you and your family need to start:

  • a new full-time or part-time job
  • a training program
  • your own business
  • an approved employment activity, such as a job search.

Eligible family members include:

  • your spouse
  • your children 18 years of age or older who are not attending secondary school full time, and
  • your children under 18 years of age who have completed secondary school.

You and each eligible family member can get up to $500 in a 12-month period to help pay for items you need to start working. Here are some examples:

  • clothing or uniforms
  • safety shoes or work boots
  • tools and special equipment
  • grooming costs
  • transportation
  • licensing fees, professional fees, association costs.

How do I get this benefit?

You need to contact your local Ontario Disability Support Program office to make sure you are eligible. You may need to give your worker:

  • proof of your employment or employment activity, such as a letter of employment from your employer or the registration form for a training course
  • information about the items you need to start your job or training program.

After we have reviewed this information, we will send you a letter to tell you if you have been approved.

Learn more

For more on the Employment and Training Start Up Benefit, go to Income Support Directive 9.1- Employment and Training Start Up Benefit and Up Front Child Care Costs