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    Ontario Disability

    I'm wondering if anyone in here is on Ontario Disability as I'm seriously considering staying in Ontario and I don't know the process or how long it takes to establish disability status and income/benefits.

    ... am also wondering how anyone on low income can survive in Toronto??? YIKES. Rentals are astronomical. Where do these people live, other than low housing?

    I don't know the Ontario/Toronto reources for someone who knows nothing of the city and its neighborhoods, and am not connected to anyone in the community/city other than my partner (who I am leaving very soon and know no one else here)

    Any feedback appreciated bigtime, and thanks :)
    Hugs from Kanadiana ...

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    Ontario Disability

    PS: I am familiar and have been through the BC disability process and was on full disability there, and imagine Ontario to be similar dancing through hoops and all.
    Hugs from Kanadiana ...

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    Ontario Disability

    hey Kanadiana - how ironic - I'm heading down to inquire about BC disability tomorrow and know nothing about it. Is the application process very long?

    I'm sorry - I don't know anything about Ontario :(

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    Ontario Disability

    ps...I'm actually ready to "get a real job", but i need to start very part time to see how i do first.

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    Ontario Disability

    To both of you, the first thing you are going to need is medical/psychological documentation.

    Kanadiana, email me to remind me and I'll look up the procedure for Ontario and post it back here. I can well imagine that trying to live on ODP in Toronto would be tough. You might want to look a little outside that Toronto core if that's an option.

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    Ontario Disability

    Ontario Disability Support Program

    The ODSP has two parts:[list=1][*]Income Supports provides financial assistance to people with disabilities [*]Employment Supports provides the supports people with disabilities need to get and keep jobs.[/list:o]
    http://www.cfcs.gov.on.ca/CFCS/en/pr...am/default.htm

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    Ontario Disability

    Healthbound,

    Hi there. Below is a link regards BC Disability, applying, etc.

    http://www.mhr.gov.bc.ca/pwd/eapwd.htm

    I was approved for full disability just prior to rules changing ... there were still a lot of hoops to jump through, and waits. Policies are different ... once you finally get an application for disability from them, I know that for full time with full "enhanced" medical benefits, you'll probably have a 25 page form to fill in, get filled in by doc and an assessor, you, etc ... any mistakes or unclear information in anything could result in longer delays when they either outright reject, or request more info. There are groups, like advocacy centers that can walk you through the processes. I would suggest you find someone who knows the process to go over the forms with you and explain whats needed/expected ... ya wanna get it right the first time so as to get processed as quickly (which is slow) as possible.

    My disability status was based solely on my physical health issues, which are chronic, progressive, etc. It tooks months for me to get approval. They also have a rapid reinstatement, or did, meaning I left BC and if I go back (unless I've been away too long, or the rules have changed yet again) they can rapidly reinstate my disability status ... perhaps 2 months after I reapply for assistance. I was going to go back but am having 2nd thoughts ... many reasons., biggest being I've found me a good doc and rheumatologist and I need relief. Hard to find docs taking new patients anywhere in the country, and months to see specialists... my new doc got me in to rheumy within a month!!! Amazing good fortune! Hate to give that up and start from scratch again...

    For mental health issues, you'd need a psychiatrist or psychologist etc to fill out the forms.

    Anyways ... I suggest you check out the link I sent you for more information. Advocacy centers and such should be able to tell you "current" policies... I hope ;)

    Thats about all I can think of ... am woozy on anti-inflammatories at the moment, not thinking clearly (tendons/ligaments in my whole body/all joints driving me nuts and quite disabling right now... never know what to expect as far as symptoms go each day. What a pain ... pun intended LOL )

    I hope this helps you! Good luck.
    Hugs from Kanadiana ...

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    Ontario Disability

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter
    Ontario Disability Support Program

    The ODSP has two parts:[list=1][*]Income Supports provides financial assistance to people with disabilities [*]Employment Supports provides the supports people with disabilities need to get and keep jobs.[/list:o]
    http://www.cfcs.gov.on.ca/CFCS/en/pr...am/default.htm
    Hey David, thanks. You're a real mover and a shaker LOL ... I was JUST going to reply to your first reply in here and see you've answered both of us already ... :)

    And YES I have considered moving farther out of core Toronto ... I'm playing with possibilities and will gladly listen to anyones ideas and information :)
    Hugs from Kanadiana ...

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    Ontario Disability

    Hey, thanks to both of you.

    Dr. Baxter wrote:
    To both of you, the first thing you are going to need is medical/psychological documentation.
    Perfect. Can you hook me up?

    Kidding. I have a GP and Psychiatrist who are very supportive and who also had to do something similar when I initially went on medical leave.

    However, I am feeling panicked that the process may take so long. for some reason, I didn't think it would. There's lots of documentation on the legitimacy of my limitations however I am concerned about the time it will take to be assessed. And what if I DON'T qualify?

    And I also recently lost my medical and dental coverage (the company I was working for at the time I went on medical leave continued to pay my medical insurance until Dec.31). I wonder how I will be able to get my Doctors to fill out the info if I'm no longer covered and have no money (I actually just found out that I was no longer covered yesterday)? I was very lucky to also have the approximately $400/month medications I'm on covered by my previous employer.

    Last week, I was offered a part time job (my previous employer can't employ me part time), but it is extremely limited hours. This is a good starting point, but it won't pay the bills.

    Super. I'd better get the paper bag ready - I feel a hyper-ventilation session comin on.

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