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Disability Benefits Compass

Providing information about the four key disability benefits for persons with disabilities in your province or territory.

This site was created for people living in Canada with a severe mental or physical disability or if you have trouble with daily activities and require help from another person, assistive device or animal.

It can be used by people with disabilities, caregivers, family members and organizations who provide access to benefits support.

Important information about benefits for Indigenous Peoples

If you are Indigenous there are many things that affect the benefits you can get and the dollar amounts you can get from them.

Benefits information for Indigenous Peoples

Not sure where to start?

Learn about the benefits and how to use the site.

Four key disability benefits

Start by selecting one of the four disability benefits shown below.

What to expect

On each benefit page, you will be introduced to the benefit, including who is eligible to apply and taken step-by-step through the application process.

Within each step will be tips, examples, frequently asked questions (FAQ), resources, challenges you may encounter and who to contact for help.

You will also find out what to expect after you apply and the next steps to take if your application is approved or denied.

Important information before applying for benefits

You will need a doctor and/or medical professional to fill in the medical forms which are part of some benefits application process (Disability Tax Credit, Canada Pension Plan- Disability and provincial and territorial benefits).

If you do not already have a doctor who knows you, your medical history and how you are impacted in your daily living with a disability, please see below on how to find a doctor who will work with you.

How to find a doctor or nurse practitioner who will work with you

Income Assistance

Are you a person above the age of 18, living in New Brunswick, and have financial need? You may be eligible to receive Income Assistance.

$705 per month for a single person without dependents.

Disability Benefits under the Quebec Pension Plan

Are you under the age of 65 years? Do you have a severe disability and have contributed to the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP)? You may qualify to receive disability benefits under the Quebec Pension Plan.

Up to $1,463.83 per month.

Income Support Benefits

Are you above the age of 18, require financial assistance, and live in Newfoundland and Labrador? You may be eligible for Income Support benefits.

Between $323 - $534 for a single adult with no dependents

Income Assistance

Are you above the age of 18, require financial assistance, and live in Nunavut? You may be eligible for Nunavut’s Income Assistance.

Will depend on the region you live in and the number of family members in your household. For example, from $682 to $782 per month for a single person without dependents.

Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability

Are you a person aged 18 years or older, living in Saskatchewan, and have financial need? Do you have a disability? You may be eligible to receive financial support through the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) benefits.

Between $1,062 and $1,321, depending on where in the province you live.

Employment and Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

Are you a person 18 years or older, living in Manitoba, and have financial need? Do you have a disability? You may be eligible to receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) for Persons with Disabilities.

Up to $1,093 per month for a single person without dependents.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped

Are you a person above the age of 18, living in Alberta, and have financial need? Do you have a disability? You may be eligible to receive financial support through Alberta’s Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH).

Up to $1,685 per month for single person with no dependents

Persons with Disabilities designation (BC)

Are you a person living with a severe mental or physical disability in British Columbia? Do you need help with daily activities from another person, assistive device, or service animal?

$1,358 per month for single person with no dependents

Income Assistance

Are you a person above the age of 19, living in Nova Scotia, and have financial need? You may be eligible to receive financial support through Nova Scotia’s Income Assistance.

Up to $950 for a single person without dependents who has a chronic disability

Income Assistance

Are you a person above the age of 19, living in the Northwest Territories, and have financial need? You may be eligible to receive Income Assistance.

Amount depends on the cost of your basic living expenses.

Ontario Disability Support Program

Are you a person who is 18 years of age or older, living in Ontario, and has financial need? Do you have a disability? You may be eligible to receive financial support through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Up to $1,169 per month for a single person with no dependents

Social Assistance and the Supplementary Allowance

Are you between the ages of 19 and 64, require financial assistance, and live in Yukon? Are you unemployed due to a severe or long-term disability? You may be eligible for Social Assistance and the Supplementary Allowance.

Social Assistance + a $250 Supplementary Allowance

Assured Income and AccessAbility Supports

Are you a person under the age of 65, living in Prince Edward Island, and have financial need? You may be eligible to receive support through PEI’s Assured Income program. If you are a person with a disability who requires personalized support, you may be eligible to receive assistance through AccessAbility Supports as well.

Up to $1,219 for a single person without dependents

Canada Pension Plan–Disability benefit

If you are under 65 and unable to work because you have a severe and long-term disability, you may be able to get Canada Pension Plan – Disability benefits.

2021 monthly payments: Basic rate: $510.85, Average rate: $1,031.55, Maximum rate: $1,413.66, Children’s rate: $ 257.58.

Disability Tax Credit

Are you living with a severe mental or physical disability? Do you have trouble with daily activities or need help from another person? Do you rely on an assistive device or service animal or are receiving life-sustaining therapy?

2021 Maximum disability amount: $8,662, 2021 Maximum supplement for persons under 18: $5,053

Registered Disability Savings Plan

Are you living with a disability, or are you close to someone who is? A Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan that helps Canadians with disabilities save for the future.

Resources

Explore more benefits

When finished with the four disability benefits, learn about other benefits you can receive.

If you already have the 4 key benefits on this site, you can look for other benefits you may be able to get. Please look at our Benefits wayfinder tool which will show other disability and non-disability related benefits available.

Explore more benefits

What province are you from?

Knowing your province helps us make this tool the best experience for you.

Important information about benefits for Indigenous Peoples

If you are Indigenous there are many things that affect the benefits you can get and the dollar amounts you can get from them. These include the agreements your band or governing body has with provincial, territorial, and federal governments. Before applying to any benefits, you should speak with your governing body, if applicable.

AFOA Canada and Prosper Canada are currently seeking funding to develop an online tool that serves the needs of Indigenous people living in Canada.