Please note that due to the overwhelming response and limited spaces and budgets, registration for this event is now closed. A recording of this event will be made available at: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/odsp-employment-benefits
Big changes are coming to ODSP employment benefits in 2015. The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) and the ODSP Action Coalition are hosting an information and action webinar about these changes, their impact, and action you can take.
Date and time: December 11, 2014: 10:00am – 11:30am
You should attend this webinar if you are:
- on ODSP or a family member of someone on ODSP, and you have income from work (including sheltered workshops), training, or self-employment,
- on ODSP and thinking about working
- employment service agency staff who provide services to people on ODSP
- patient advocacy group, legal clinic, or other agency staff who support people on ODSP who have income from work, training, or self-employment
You will learn about:
- three current employment benefits that are being eliminated from ODSP
- a new employment benefit that starts April 1
- the implications of the changes
- opportunities you can take to voice your concerns about these changes
To register, please go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/jp3gqscitgg2&eom Sorry – registration is closed.
If you are an agency staff person who works with people on ODSP and employment, please consider setting up a group webinar-watching event to join us on December 11. Inviting many of your clients / members to attend the webinar all at once at your offices would provide them with the support they may need to participate.
Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) and Kyle Vose of the ODSP Action Coalition will present the webinar.
In the 2014 Budget, the provincial government announced the elimination of several employment benefits in OW and ODSP and the creation of a new employment-related benefit with different focus.
The three employment benefits that are being eliminated are:
- Employment Training and Start-Up Benefit – provides up to $500 to help with expenses when starting a training program, job, new job, or employment-related activities
- Employment Transition Benefit – provides lump-sum payment of $500 to anyone making the transition to work
- Work Related Benefit – provides $100 / month to anyone with any income from work, training, or self-employment
The new Employment-Related Benefit will be a discretionary benefit that will focus on supporting people into work in accordance with an agreed-upon employment plan. The focus will not be on supporting people who are already working.
A number of concerns arise out of this significant change in granting approach and benefit structure that we will discuss during the webinar.