Rate Increase Coming This Fall

A cost of living adjustment of 1.5% will be effective September 1, 2018 for ODSP and October 1, 2018 for Ontario Works recipients.

The 1.5% across the board adjustment includes:

  • Basic needs and shelter maximums for singles and families
  • Board and lodge rates for singles and families
  • Institutional rates (ODSP only)
  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

In addition, the following rates and benefits will increase by 1.5%:

  • Temporary Care Assistance
  • Adults living with parents rate (Ontario Works only)
  • Dependents with Dependents rate (Ontario Works only)
  • Advanced Age Allowance (Ontario Works only)
  • First Nations emergency hostel services per diem (board and lodge, and personal needs allowance) (Ontario Works only)
  • Double disabled maximum (ODSP only)
  • Special Boarder Allowance
  • Remote Communities Allowance
  • Personal Needs Allowance
  • Guide Dog Benefit
  • Budgetary requirements for residents of interval and transition homes
  • The rate table used for calculating the income charge for sponsored immigrants living with their sponsor.

Changes that were implemented in April and July of 2018 to remain in effect

These changes include:

Effective April 20, 2018

  • Exemption from the cap on the provincial contribution to Ontario Works Discretionary Benefits expenditures (First Nation Ontario Works Delivery Partners only)
  • Exemption of income paid under an employment training program (Residents of First Nation Communities only)
  • Exemption of orphan’s and disabled contributor’s child benefit payments from other jurisdictions
  • Maintain dependent children attending school away from their primary residences in the parental benefit unit
  • Maintain dependent adults and dependent children in the parental benefit unit while in full time post-secondary education away from home
  • Changes to eligibility requirements for refugee claimants

Effective July, 2018

A new prescribed class for persons in receipt of an award under the English and Wabigoon River Systems Mercury Contamination Settlement Agreement Act, 1986 (ODSP only).

Learn more about prescribed classes

What is being paused

While work is underway on a new plan for social assistance, the ministry will not be proceeding with initiatives announced in Chapter 1, Section 7 of the previous government’s 2018 Budget.