If you qualify financially, the next step is to see whether or not you meet the definition of "a person with a disability" as defined in the Ontario Disability Support Program Act.
This is called the Disability Determination Process.
How the Disability Determination Process is done
We will provide a Disability Determination Package that contains:
Some people do not have to complete these forms. For example, you will not have to complete these forms if you:
If one of these applies to you, your local Ontario Disability Support Program office will tell you what information you need to provide.
How to fill out the forms
Health Status Report and Activities of Daily Living Index form
There are two parts to this form:
Part 1: Health Status Report
Part 2: Activities of Daily Living Index
It is important that the health professional includes copies of medical and consultation reports with this form.
Consent to the Release of Medical Information
The Self-Report Form is optional. You don't have to complete this form, but it will give us a more complete picture of your situation.
Submitting your forms
Once all the forms in your Disability Determination Package are complete, you (or the health professional) have to return them to the Disability Adjudication Unit of the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
(You can use the envelope that is provided in the package. The envelope has the address on it, or you can use this addess:
Ontario Disability Support Program
Disability Adjudication Unit
Toronto ON M7A 1R3
The completed forms must be returned within 90 days from the date that you received the package.
Here's an example.
If you can't get all the information to us within the 90 days, you can call the Disability Adjudication Unit and ask for more time.
Toll Free: 1-888-256-6758
Finding out if you are eligible to receive Income Support
The Disability Adjudication Unit will look at all your information and decide whether or not you meet the definition of a person with a disability as defined by the Ontario Disability Support Program Act. They will send you a letter to tell you their decision.
If you meet the definition of a person with a disability:
If the Disability Adjudication Unit thinks that your impairment may improve, you will also be given a date for a Medical Review.
If the Disability Adjudication Unit decides that you do not meet the definition of a person with a disability, you can ask to have the decision reviewed. This is called an Internal Review.