Planners in Ontario who take disability support payments into consideration when planning for disabled clients or disabled dependent children can note that, effective July 2023, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payment rates are now tied to inflation and have been increased 6.5 per cent. This is on top of a five per cent increase applied in September 2022.

“ODSP rates are now tied to inflation. In any year that payments go up, you will receive the higher payment at the end of July each year,” the Ontario government states in its announcement about the increase.

The increase applies to basic needs and shelter maximum amounts for singles and families, board and lodging amounts, the amount provided for a couple where both have disabilities and amounts for services provided by a long-term care home or specialized care residence. Eligibility for monthly ODSP payments depend on medical and financial circumstances.