2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Do you need to apply for COVID-19 emergency assistance? Please use the online application for social assistance. If you are not currently on social assistance and do not want to apply for social assistance, you can still apply for COVID-19 emergency assistance.

COVID-19 support for current social assistance clients

Ontario has made additional resources available to enable Ontario Works administrators and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) staff to provide additional assistance for those currently receiving social assistance, who are facing additional costs related to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding can be used to meet a broad range of needs, for example: cleaning supplies, transportation, food or clothing that individuals and families may require due to COVID-19.

Ontario Works and ODSP recipients can access emergency benefits by calling their caseworker.
Emergency benefits for COVID-19 related expenses are the same for both programs: up to $100 for single individuals and up to $200 for families.

Health and Safety Notice

To help ensure the health and safety of clients and staff, we are asking that clients do not visit Ontario Works or ODSP local offices at this time.


If you are told you must visit us, remember the following to help ensure everyone’s safety:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Do your best to keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from others
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue, washing your hands after you do.
  • Please delay your visit if you are unwell, you have been diagnosed with COVID-10 (Coronavirus), or you have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days.

Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19)



If you have a disability and need help with your living expenses, you may be eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

ODSP offers:

  • financial assistance to help you and your family with essential living expenses
  • benefits, for you and your family, including prescription drugs and vision care
  • help finding and keeping a job, and advancing your career

If you require immediate financial assistance, please contact your local Ontario Works office (you can also still apply for ODSP).


Types of support

ODSP offers two types of support:

  1. Income support - Financial assistance provided each month to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter. Income support also includes benefits, like drug coverage and vision care, for clients and their eligible family members.

  2. Employment supports - Services and supports to help clients with disabilities find and keep a job, and advance their careers.


Eligibility and applying

Each type of support has its own eligibility requirements and application process.



The links below will take you to policy directives that are used by ODSP staff to help ensure fair and consistent service across the province.


Source law

ODSP is governed by the Ontario Disability Support Program Act and