Since the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) was created in June 1998, recipients had been limited to receiving up to four months of retroactive income support, even if they had to wait longer than four months to be reviewed and determined eligible for the program. On May 31, 2006, the government announced that it had removed this limit.

The government will now provide a special payment to eligible people who were granted from June 1, 1998 to May 24, 2006 who had to wait longer than four months for ODSP income support.

Who is eligible?

People who waited longer than four months to be granted ODSP, but who only received the previous limit of four months of retroactive income support may be eligible to receive a special payment for additional months of support they did not receive when the limit was in place.

How will it work?

The amount of the special payment will vary. Payments will be calculated based on each recipient's specific situation. The payment will be exempt as income and assets under the ODSP. This means that the payment will not affect a recipient's eligibility for the ODSP.

The payment will be issued in the form of a lump sum cheque. However, if a recipient has an overpayment showing on their file, the special payment will be applied to that debt first. Any money remaining will be paid to the recipient by cheque.

Who should I contact if I have questions related to the special payment?

For more information, please contact your Client Service Representative at your local ODSP office. For local office contact information, please contact the Provincial Client Services Unit toll-free at 1-888-789-4199 (TTY: 1-800-387-5559).