Discretionary Benefits are provided to individuals in receipt of benefits under the Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP). Assistance may be available to those who require financial assistance to purchase health related items. Approvals are based upon individual need and confirmation from a health provider that the item is medically required.
To apply for discretionary benefits, contact your Ontario Works Income Support Worker or your ODSP Case Manager to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria.
You may be eligible for items such as walkers, splints, orthotics, and other health related items.
The amount and list of eligible items is determined by each Ontario Works office.
Burial and Cremation Assistance
If a loved one has passed away and the estate is insufficient to assist with the cost of a direct burial or direct cremation, you may be eligible for financial assistance for the cost of direct burial or direct cremation. If your loved one has a life insurance policy, owns their own home/property or has funds in their bank account, you will not be eligible for burial costs. You will need to provide bank account information and other asset/investment information, Social Insurance Number and source of income for your loved one. To inquire about assistance with the cost of direct burial or direct cremation expenses, call 1-800-265-3005