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Changes To The Special Diet Program

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Changes To The Special Diet Program

Ministry of Community and Social Services

As of December 18, 2012, Ontario will update the Special Diet Allowance program to include people on social assistance who have Prader-Willi Syndrome or unintended weight loss due to chronic renal failure.

This benefit will help affected individuals with the costs of a special diet, which results in additional costs beyond a regular, healthy diet and is helpful in treating their condition. Eligibility is verified through an assessment by an approved medical professional.

Eligible recipients can request an Application for Special Diet Allowance form from their local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office.

Quick Facts

  • Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder causing poor muscle tone and a constant feeling of hunger. Patients overeat, leading to obesity and obesity-related conditions. It is estimated that there are about 2,500 people in Canada living with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
  • Chronic renal failure is a medical condition where a person's kidneys fail to filter toxins and waste from their blood. Patients often develop unintended weight loss as a result.
  • In 2010, Ontario revised the Special Diet program to make it more accountable to taxpayers while helping social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions receive the special diets they need.

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