Prescribed classes are specific categories of people who do not have to go through the disability adjudication process to qualify for ODSP Income Support.

People in these categories must still apply and meet all other ODSP eligibility requirements to be found eligible for ODSP Income Support.

Members of prescribed classes include:

  • A person who, on May 31, 1998, was a recipient, or the spouse of a recipient, of benefits under specific case classes under the Family Benefits Act, 1992.
  • A person who is 65+ years old and not eligible for Old Age Security (OAS).
  • People who receive either of these disability pension benefits:
  • A person in receipt of an award under the English and Wabigoon River Systems Mercury Contamination Settlement Agreement Act, 1986.
  • A person who was a former resident of a Schedule 1 facility under the former Development Service Act (DSA), who ceased to be resident of that facility on or after June 1, 1998.
    The Schedule 1 facilities under the former DSA include Huronia Regional Centre (Orillia), Rideau Regional Centre (Smith Falls) and Southwestern regional Centre (Blenheim).
  • A person who is already determined eligible for services and supports and funding under the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 (SIPDDA). This includes:
    • persons living in the community as a renter, owner, a tenant or a border
    • persons living in an intensive support residence as defined under the SIPDDA
    • persons living in a supported group living residence as defined under SIPDDA
    Visit Developmental Services Ontario to learn more about eligibility for adult developmental services
  • A person who currently resides in a home under the Homes for Special Care Act or a person who resided in a home under that Act on or after January 1, 2018, but has since left that home (e.g. living in the community as a renter, owner, a tenant or a border).
  • A resident or former resident of homes that are part of the program of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care known as Community Homes for Opportunity.
  • Persons residing in one of the following places (but only while residing there):