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If you are eligible to receive Income Support, you will receive a monthly payment.
The amount you receive depends on your living situation.

If you rent or own your own home

Your monthly payment will be made up of two parts:

  • basic needs, and
  • a shelter allowance.

What are basic needs?

The basic needs portion of your Income Support is meant to help cover the cost of:

  • food
  • clothing, and
  • other necessary personal items.

The amount you receive for basic needs is based on:

  • the number of people in your family
  • whether or not your spouse has a disability
  • the age of your family members.


What is shelter allowance?

The shelter allowance is meant to help cover:

  • your rent or your mortgage payment
  • heat
  • utilities (hydro, water)
  • property taxes
  • home insurance
  • condominium fees.

The amount you receive for the shelter allowance is based on:

  • your actual shelter costs up to a maximum depending on the number of people in your family.

If you are living in a board and lodging arrangement

If you receive food and shelter from the same source, you will receive the Ontario Disability Support Program Board and Lodging amount.

For example, you are in a board and lodging situation if:

  • you live with your parents and they buy and prepare food for you, or
  • your landlord buys and prepares food for you.

The amount you receive depends on the:

  • number of people in your family, and
  • age of your family members.

If you live in Northern Ontario

You may receive an additional amount of money if you:

  • live north of the 50th parallel, and
  • don't have year-round road access.

This is called the Northern Allowance. You will receive this allowance whether you are renting, own your home or living in a board and lodging arrangement.



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