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About the Disability Benefits Compass

The Disability Benefits Compass provides information about the four key disability benefits for persons with disabilities living in Canada.

It gives a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the benefits including eligibility requirements, challenges you may encounter, with tips, resources, and examples from peers and advocates. You can print information from the website by using the print option from your browser.

Read about the different ways you can use the Disability Benefits Compass below.

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

1. Watch our how-to video

To start, you can find out about all four disability benefits by using this captioned video.

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2. Browse key disability benefits

Next, pick one of the four disability benefits you would like to find out more about and click on its title to enter the benefit.

The four disability benefits are found in the benefits sections at the bottom of the Home page or use the links below. If you would like to print any of the pages for each benefit, please use the print option from your browser.

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.

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.

3. 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

Stuck?

Below are more ways to help learn about the benefits, understand terms and words, get resources to help with your application process and who to contact if you need more assistance.


Glossary

List of definitions of terms and words used in this website.

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Resources

Looking for information sheets, checklists, or want to calculate how much you can get from benefits? These resources may help.

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Help

You can email or call organizations that can help you. The contact information is in this section.

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Resources

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.