It has come to my attention that some people aren’t aware of social assistance rules while having a job.
People on Ontario Works must look for work to receive welfare. As for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients, they aren’t obligated to look for work, as their disability makes it harder to work.
If an ODSP recipient chooses to work and finds an acceptable job, they are obligated to report their job earnings to the ODSP office, otherwise they’ll be in trouble with the law.
There are lots of rules ODSP recipients must follow through when having a job.
ODSP recipients who work for a company (aren’t self-employed) have half their employment earnings deducted off their ODSP income itself, then a credit of $100 a month for things we need to buy or pay for to go to work. ODSP also offers employment startup of up to $500 a year for work gear.
By Sept. 30, if an election isn’t called, the legislature will for once do a favour for ODSP recipients, and will be going forward with having the first $200 a month in employment earnings being untouched. Then we’ll lose $1 for every $2 made over $200 a month at work.
Now this is only useful if the $100 a month credit will still be offered. Otherwise it would be useless for those making under $200 a month in employment earnings from having the first $200 a month untouched.
Our monthly employment earnings cannot be more then twice the amount we receive monthly from the ODSP benefit, plus $100 a month.
So I myself am receiving $787 a month, so I wouldn’t be allowed to make more then $1,800 in employment earnings, otherwise my ODSP earnings get suspended. The drug and dental card is still offered up to 24 months, and I would live off of the $1,800 a month in employment earnings as income.
One important reason to increase minimum wage is looking back when minimum wage first started in 1965 at $1 an hour.
It would now need to be $18.93 an hour just to keep up with inflation. Obviously that’s not realistic, so there for we reasonably ask for minimum wage to be increased to $14 an hour and kept up with inflation over the years to come.
That way we are all guaranteed to live 10 per cent above the poverty line in our great province of Ontario.