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Returning to ODSP

If you left ODSP at any time, but need to come back for financial help, you may be eligible for rapid reinstatement.

Note: If you left ODSP for a job, but are no longer working, the first thing you need to do is find out if you qualify for Employment Insurance. Please call Service Canada at 1-800-622-6232.


What is rapid reinstatement?

Rapid reinstatement is a process that makes it faster and easier for you to start getting ODSP income support again.

Can anyone qualify for rapid reinstatement?

No. There are two different rules for rapid reinstatement for former ODSP recipients depending on whether they:

  1. met the program’s definition of a person with disability, as defined under the ODSP Act, or
  2. transferred to ODSP from the former Family Benefits Allowance program.

What happens if I met ODSP’s definition of a person with a disability and want to return?

If you met the ODSP’s definition of a person with a disability and left ODSP, you can qualify for rapid reinstatement as long as:

  1. you qualify financially for ODSP income support, and
  2. when you started getting ODSP income support, you either:
    1. were not given a medical review date, or
    2. you were given a medical review date, but you left ODSP before you had the review.

Note: If you left ODSP before you had your medical review, you will still need to have a medical review of your disability. But you will be able to return and receive income support first.

If you already had a medical review before you left ODSP that determined you no longer qualify for ODSP, you are not eligible for rapid reinstatement. You will need to re-apply and qualify as a person with a disability under the ODSP Act.

You can start an application online at ontario.ca/socialassistance.


What happens if I was transferred to ODSP from the former Family Benefits Allowance program?

If you received Family Benefits before ODSP, you may qualify for rapid reinstatement only if you:

  • are eligible for ODSP financially, and
  • left ODSP for paid work, such as:
    • a part-time job
    • a full-time job
    • a paid training program, or
    • self employment.

It doesn’t matter when you left ODSP for paid work, if you meet the above conditions you can come back to ODSP at any time.

If you left ODSP for any other reason, you are not eligible for rapid reinstatement, and would need to re-apply and qualify as a person with a disability under the ODSP Act.

To start a new application online, visit ontario.ca/socialassistance.


How do I apply for rapid reinstatement?

Contact your local ODSP office to see if you are eligible for rapid reinstatement. It is important to tell your caseworker that you were on ODSP in the past.

Don’t agree with a decision?

You can ask for an internal review. Someone at ODSP will review a specific decision that affects your ODSP. The review will make sure the decision followed ODSP rules.

You must ask your ODSP office for an internal review within 30 days of when you received the decision.

Need more information?

For more information, please contact your caseworker at your local ODSP office.

To find contact information for your local office and learn more about ODSP visit: ontario.ca/socialassistance.

For general questions, please call ServiceOntario at:

Telephone: 1-888-789-4199
Teletypewriter (TTY):1-800-387-5559