Q: What is the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?
A: The Ontario Disability Support Program is a government program designed to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities who are in financial need, or who want to work and need support. For more information, please click here to visit their website at http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/talent.
Q: Does the Ontario Disability Support Program provide financial assistance for businesses that employ people with disabilities?
A: No. The Ontario Disability Support Program does not provide financial assistance to employers. However, the program does offer a number of benefits to people with disabilities in financial need to help them transition into the workplace. Benefits include: help with childcare costs, transportation, safety clothing and disability-related work expenses.
PPRC offers a free service to employers who operate and manage a registered business in Ontario. We offer a wage subsidy to our clients during the on-the-job training period, up to a maximum of 60 hours per month for 16 weeks. This helps to support the training time for the employer financially.
Q: How are people referred to PPRC?
A: People may be referred to us by their rehabilitation case worker, chiropractor, doctor, nurse, employer, lawyer, insurance company, or they may find us themselves.
Q: What if I do not live in the Ottawa area?
A: Not to worry. PPRC can recommend an employment service provider in your area. If you are looking for functional or ergonomic assessments, PPRC currently travels across Canada to provide assessments on a mobile basis as required. Please click here to contact us to find out more information.
Q: What is involved in your client process?
A: Our entire job placement process or typical relationship with a client is approximately four years. This length of time includes the employment planning stage, 13 weeks of employment, and a 33-month follow-up period in which we provide ongoing support.
Here is a summary of our typical process:
- Conduct in-take interview and discuss work history, interests, education, medical history, and disability adjustment issues;
- Identify the client’s employment goal, one that is realistic and available in the market;
- Provide job coaching and training support with the client as required (may include funding for them to upgrade their skills);
- Search for jobs with the client’s collaboration;
- Place the client with an employer;
- Follow-up with the client and employer to ensure everything is going well;
- Provide follow-up post-placement counseling as required.