You may be eligible for CPP Disability benefits if you have contributed
to Canada Pension Plan (CPP). If you qualify, it is possible to
collect before age 65, and if you have dependent children (under 18
years of age or 18-25 if attending school full-time), they may be
eligible for a small pension.
A doctor must confirm you have HD
before you leave your last job. A CPP Disability Application must be
completed and returned; it takes several months to get processed and a
decision made as to whether the application qualifies. The amount
payable will be based on factors including age, the amount contributed
to CPP and number of years of CPP contributions.
For further information, contact Government of Canada Income Security Programs at 1-800-277-9914. Ontario Disability Supports Program (ODSP
Income Support is a program to help people with disabilities who are in
financial need to pay for expenses such as food, housing, medication
and assistive devices. Apply through Ontario Works for immediate
financial need or through a local office listed here.
Save for yourself or a family member with Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
Do you or a family member qualify for the Disability Tax Credit? If so, a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is an excellent way to save.
An RDSP is one of the few tools available which allows a disabled person to take financial responsibility for themselves and their future financial needs and allows families to help, and the Government of Canada will also contribute to the plan (based on income).
Eligibility is limited to those who qualify for the Disability Tax Credit - consult with your doctor and/or neurologist, as they must sign a form to this effect. If you qualify, open a Registered Disability Savings Plan at your financial institution.