Some days, Terrie Meehan goes long stretches eating just one meal a day to stretch out her food supply.
The $1,100 a month she receives from the Ontario Disability Support Program just doesn’t stretch that far.
That won’t change for Meehan — or the vast majority of the Ontarians who receive aid under the program — when the Ontario government today starts allowing recipients to earn more money from working before clawing back their benefits.
The change will allow ODSP recipients to earn $1,000 from working, up from $200 previously. For each dollar earned above the $1000 exemption, the person with disability would keep 25 cents.
But like Meehan, 95 per cent of ODSP recipients will see no change to their monthly income as a result. She said many of her friends are in the same boat as her and she isn’t sure how she feels about the government making the change.
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