Effective January 25, 2013, Ontario updated the Special Diet Allowance to include people on social assistance who have chronic hepatitis C with a body mass index of less than 25. Find out more
The Special Diet Allowance helps eligible social assistance recipients with the extra costs of a special diet for a medical condition listed on the Special Diets Schedule.
The allowance amounts are based on recommendations made by the Special Diets Expert Review Committee. The list and amounts comply with the Ontario Human Rights Code.
You can get the Special Diet Allowance application form from your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office.
To be considered for a Special Diet Allowance, you must:
One of the following health care professionals must complete and sign the form. They must also initial beside every condition that requires a special diet.
Please print clearly when filling out this part of the form.
The person applying for the allowance, or someone authorized to sign on their behalf (for example a trustee), must sign Section 4.
If the application form is for a child under 16, Section 4 must be signed by someone authorized to sign on behalf of the child (for example, the child’s parent or guardian).
When you have completed the application form, return it to your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office.
Important: Photocopies will not be accepted.
We will review your application and send you a letter to tell you our decision.