Disability assistance can help you if you need financial or health support. You must be designated as a Person with Disabilities (PWD) to receive this type of assistance.
To be eligible, you must:
You must meet certain income and asset criteria before you can receive disability assistance. Some general assets are exempt, including:
The general asset exemption limits are:
Some assets are allowed and don’t count towards the general limit above, such as:
If you are a beneficiary of a trust, someone else legally owns money or other assets for your benefit. If you have a trust or are setting up a trust, we must review and approve it before it qualifies for the exemption.
Get legal advice if you want to create a trust or if you need more information specific to your situation.
If you have a disability and get disability assistance, you can still work and earn money. The money you earn, up to a certain amount, does not change the amount on your monthly payment, as long as you don’t exceed the annual limit.
The application process includes:
Contact us to request an application. It has three sections:
After you submit your application, we’ll review it. We’ll let you know if you meet the eligibility criteria for the PWD designation.
If you already take part in certain programs, you may be able to use a simplified PWD application process.
You’re eligible for this simplified process if you receive benefits from:
This means you’ll complete a shorter PWD application form that gives the ministry permission to confirm your eligibility from one of those programs. You won’t have to complete a full PWD application and get a new diagnosis.
Contact us to request a Persons with Disabilities Designation—Prescribed Class Application. You’ll still have to meet all other eligibility requirements to begin receiving disability assistance.
You may also be able to use a simplified PWD application process if you:
This means you can submit an existing psychological assessment and diagnosis rather than completing a full PWD application.
Contact us for instructions on how to begin this simplified application process.