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Change ODSP & it's Treatment of Spousal Earnings!

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It is time for Ontario, a province known for preaching inclusivity to stand-up and finally do away with unfair regulations - one's that are severely limiting those with disabilities who are in relationships and relying on income support from the Ontario Disability Supports Program. Sadly, as of today the province of Ontario is not truly an inclusive place to live - especially for those with disabilities who are punished financially simply for starting a relationship or being married. That why it is time for a much-needed change to ODSP and their unfair and some what discriminatory treatment of spousal earnings. After all those living with disabilities truly deserve better.

Current unfair treatment of Spousal Earnings

1 - Non-disabled/Working spouses of those receiving income support from ODSP can earn $200 a month before seeing their disabled spouse’s income support reduced. If the non-disabled working spouse earns more than $200 a month, 50 per cent of their net earnings over $200 will be deducted from the disabled spouse’s income support payment. ODSP does give those with non-disabled working spouses an extra $100 each month for working. This is called the Work-Related Benefit. This still results in many with the disability who are unable to work but have a working spouse will see their income support they are entitled to reduced by 50 per cent every month. Which ends up robbing the person with the disability of their dignity taking away their ability to control their own lives. Having things set up this way means that non-disabled or working spouses are to assume full financial responsibility of the person they married who has the disability. Something that acts as a deterrent to those without disabilities considering starting a relationship with someone who has a disability receiving income support from the Ontario Disability Supports Program. Which ends up preventing many with disabilities receiving ODSP from forming new relationships that would be beneficial to their health and well being.

2 - Currently when the non-disabled spouse is employed and their income exceeds $3,000 in a month, the spouse with the disability will be cut off from receiving income support from ODSP. Meaning their income support for that month would be $0.

Changes we are seeking from the Ontario Government

1 - Non-disabled/Working spouses of those receiving income support from ODSP should be allowed to earn $400 a month before seeing their disabled spouse’s income support reduced. Then if the non-disabled working spouse earns more than $400 a month, 25 per cent of their net earnings over $400 would then be deducted from the disabled spouse’s income support payment. ODSP should continue giving those with non-disabled working spouses an extra $100 each month for working through the Work-Related Benefit. This would then result in those with the disability who are unable to work but have a working spouse will only see the income support they are entitled to reduced by 25 per cent every month. Which would end up allowing the person with the disability to better control their own lives. Allowing those with disabilities who are unable to work to properly contribute to their household enabling us to afford the extra costs that come with living with a life altering disability. It would also enable us to better afford the increasing cost of living in the province of Ontario.

2 - They also need to start allowing non-disabled spouses who are employed to make up to $3,500 in a month, before seeing their disabled partner cut off from receiving income support from ODSP.

Please sign this petition today to help encourage this much-needed change! 

Thank you!

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Minister of Community and Social Services
    Minister Helena Jaczek
  • Premier of Ontario
    Kathleen Wynne
  • Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader
    Patrick Brown
  • Leader, New Democratic Party of Ontario
    Andrea Horwath

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