ODSP – Employment Supports

ODSP Special Support

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) – Employment Supports

FOCUS delivers Employment Supports for the Ontario Disability Support Program. If you have a disability that impacts your ability to perform work, call FOCUS and we can work with you to determine your eligibility.

Click here to see examples of how FOCUS can help: 2010 Employability Recognition Video

ESTABLISH your employment goal

Work one on one with an Employment Consultant to determine your employment goal.

IDENTIFY barriers and make a plan for the steps needed to reach your goal

During the intake, the client is given the opportunity to disclose any barriers they feel they may have towards finding employment. Once disclosed, the Employment Consultant and the client will discuss any accommodations and supports needed.


  • Job Search
  • Resumes
  • Prepare for an interview
  • Maintain the job you want

Job Search

Your Employment Consultant will assist you with finding employment.

Resume Writing

Your Employment Consultant will assist you with resume and cover letter writing.

Prepare for an interview

Your Employment Consultant will assist you with preparing for an interview by:

  • Conducting mock interviews
  • Practicing interview questions

Retention Services

Once employed, you and the employer will receive ongoing retention services, such as:

  • Job monitoring and interventions to assist clients and employers if there are work performance issues
  • Assisting the client to negotiate workplace supports
  • Assisting employers to identify and develop job accommodations
  • Overcome a disability-related job crisis to maintain employment
  • On-the-job supports (ex: job coaching, motivational strategies, assisting the client to arrange community supports, etc)
  • Advancing you to another job if under employed

French Language Services

Clients can access French Language Services through the Employment Supports program.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Employment Supports, you must:

  • be 16 years of age or older
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • be able to work in Canada
  • have a disability that is expected to last a year or more, and
  • have a disability that makes it hard for you to find or keep a job

**If you are a student and you wish to work part-time while you are going to school, you may be eligible for Employment Supports

A broad range of services are available to help you prepare for, find and keep employment or to become self-employed.

There may also be financial assistance available to support skills training, and wage subsidies to offset costs associated with orientation to a new job.

For more information on ODSP Employment Supports, you can speak with one of our Employment Consultants:

Sara Payson – Team Lead     ext 106             Alliston               spayson@focuscdc.on.ca

Sherri Stirpe                            ext 121              Alliston               sstirpe@focuscdc.on.ca


Or visit Ministry of Community and Social Services website for ODSP Employment supports at: ODSP Employment Supports

For information on social assistance/services in Ontario visit:  Ministry of Community & Social Services