The Income Security Advocacy Centre and Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic recently worked together to represent a former healthcare worker receiving Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits who desired to work sometime in the future (even in a limited or temporary capacity as her disability allowed). Unfortunately, if she tried to return to work, she may have faced the loss of both CPP-D and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) income support because she never received a disability adjudication under the ODSP test; qualifying instead under the CPP-D “prescribed class” designation. The loss of ODSP would cause her to lose access to the essential health benefits she needed to manage her serious disabilities and health-related expenses.
This case highlighted problems with CPP-D prescribed class, ODSP, and the broader issue of how ODSP denial appeals are treated at the Social Benefits Tribunal in this circumstance.
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