Disability Assistance:

Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

Applicants who are experiencing a conditions that severely impact their ability to do their daily living activities and/or need assistive devices or assistive animal to perform their daily living, may be eligible for PWD. This is a provincial governed program and the applicant must also meet other eligibility requirements to receive the PWD benefits.  Once approved for PWD, the provincial Ministry may provide additional funds to address associated disability related costs and extended health care benefits.

Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB)

If a person has long-term barriers that impede or prevent them from searching for, accepting or continuing employment, they may qualify for PPMB.  This status provides financial support, extended medical benefits and reduces employment expectations. However, to qualify for PPMB a person must have a health condition that has lasted for at least 1 year and is likely to continue for at least 2 more years or has a health condition that has occurred frequently in the past year and is likely to continue for at least two more years. This health condition is a barrier that seriously impedes a person’s ability to search for, accept or continue in employment.  To apply, a medical form supplied by the Ministry must be completed by a doctor confirming that the medical conditions are  barriers to employment.  The Ministry worker will then complete an employment screen to determine other barriers that may restrict employment.

Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD)

The CPPD benefit can be provided to applicants who have made enough CPP contributions but are no longer able to continue working due to a disability. CPP is provided by the federal government of Canada and contributions are made by almost all workers in Canada but outside Quebec. To qualify, the contributor must be less than 65 years of age with a prolonged and severe disability.

Remember: you have the right to appeal if you are denied any of the benefits above.

More Information:

For detailed information on the three benefits, please click the links below.

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