Everyone's path to employment is different. That's why there are a number of supports and services available from ODSP employment supports. Here are some examples:

  • help preparing for work
  • help finding a job that is right for you
  • help keeping a job
  • job coaching
  • on-the-job supports
  • help to move to the next level in your career
  • adaptative technology that can help you do your job (for example, accessibility software)
  • job accommodations and support
  • interpreter or intervenor services
  • assistive devices and training to use them (for example, mobility devices or visual hearing aids)

You will work with a community service provider to figure out what kinds of supports you need to help you get and keep a job.

If you want to start up your own business

If your goal is to start up your own business, ODSP employment supports can help you.

Here are some of the supports you may receive:

  • help to develop and implement a business plan
  • training in money management, record keeping and budgeting
  • help with marketing your business
  • mentoring
  • help getting work-related disability supports, such as assistive devices, adaptative technical equipment, interpreter, intervenor, reader and notetaker services.

Staff at your local ODSP employment supports office will link you with a service provider that specializes in self-employment.

Supports and services not provided by ODSP employment supports

ODSP employment supports does not provide supports that are available through other public or private organizations such as:

  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • Employment Insurance
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and other programs available under the Education Act
  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care programs and supports, such as:
    • assistive devices or supplies available under the Assistive Devices Program
    • home and community support services provided under Long Term Care Community Services Program
    • drug and alcohol recovery and substance abuse programs
  • goods and services available under the Home and Vehicle Modification Program of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • private insurance
  • health insurance
  • disability-related accommodation that is the obligation of an employer under the Ontario Human Rights Code
  • medical, dental and nursing treatment and procedures
  • prescription drugs, and
  • structural modifications to your place of employment.

If you are eligible for help under any of these programs, you must explore these options first.