Applying for social assistance such as ODSP or CPP-D can be a real headache. Picking the right program, securing paperwork and navigating the process can be time consuming and confusing, and errors at this stage can be damaging to the chances of your application being successful.

Fortunately, funded through a partnership with United Way Elgin Middlesex, the London Employment Help Centre is here to help. Our Advocacy department can take you step-by-step through your application process, while giving input and direction in key areas where every checkbox counts.

The Process:

Prior to coming in to see us, applicants should seek out the appropriate application paperwork on their own. If you are looking to apply for ODSP, you can pick up an application from either an Ontario Works caseworker if you have one, or by contacting the ODSP office itself at 519-438-5111. Here in London, that office is located at 217 York St.

If you are looking to apply for a Disability Pension through CPP-D, then the application can be found by clicking here. Note that you must download and complete ALL of the documents listed on that page.

We start our assistance for ODSP or CPP-D with having you attend our Disability Benefits Workshop. Here, attendees will be given an overview of their application, what needs to be filled out by you or your doctor respectively, and answer any basic questions you may have. These workshops run weekly on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please contact our front desk at 519 – 914 – 1737 to reserve your spot.

After completing the workshop, we will get you booked in for an appointment with one of our staff to go over specifics of your application in a one-on-one setting. When attending to this appointment, it is very important to bring ALL relevant information that can be used to assist in your application process.

This includes:

  • A list of doctors you have seen in the past 5 years
  • The original application forms
  • Any medical records you have already collected
  • A print out from your pharmacy about your current medications, or a handwritten list
  • Your sin number, health card number, and any names of caseworkers you are currently seeing.

Once your appointment is complete, we will work with you to complete the application process and await the decision!