Province introduces reloadable ODSP payment card
ODSP clients who are unable to open or maintain a bank account will soon receive their benefits on a reloadable payment card. Instead of a paper cheque each month, funds will be loaded onto the card so that it can be used to make cash withdrawals, debit and online purchases and payments.
A pilot program is already underway. Over the summer, all ODSP clients will be issued their new cards (with the exception of those clients with limited access to a bank machine).
What does this mean for housing providers?
As the Province continues to modernize its administration of social assistance programs, housing providers will need to adapt their own processes.
If there is any doubt about the number of beneficiaries in a household receiving social assistance, housing providers may request further confirmation from the local Ontario Works or ODSP office.
Housing providers may use the Request for Ontario Works or OW ODSP information request form to confirm the size of the benefit unit. The household takes this form to the local Ontario Works or ODSP office to request that it be completed.
A letter from the local Ontario Works or ODSP office can also be used to verify the size of the benefit unit. As a best practice, providers should give the household at least 10 days to return the documents.
Thank you to the Region of Durham, Housing Services Department for sharing this form.