Three months ago I wrote a blog, “Changing Attitudes toward Work” which was about my rant to realization regarding my stay-at-home life, one income, disability.
Now, I offer a different angle regarding government benefits.
Here in Canada, and in Ontario, we have two or three benefits (or more) that can come every three months or so. One is HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and OTB (Ontario Trillium Benefit). There are some others, but I’m going to focus on these.
Those who are on CPP (Canadian Pension Plan), OAS (Old Age Security), ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program), can usually qualify quite easily for both.
What I understand is: you can qualify for HST and OTB if you are:
- Single and receive CPP, CPP-Disability or ODSP
- Single with children and receive CPP, CPP-Disability or ODSP
- Married (or common-law), with neither spouse working, both on CPP, CPP-Disability or ODSP, and
- Married (or common-law) with children and neither spouse working, both on CPP, CPP-Disability or ODSP
- I am sure I am missing a whole bunch of qualifiers, but lets stick to those four.