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Ontario Updates Special Diet Allowance

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Ontario Updates Special Diet Allowance

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is adding three conditions to the list of medical conditions for which social assistance recipients may be eligible to receive a Special Diet Allowance.

This change will help affected individuals with the extra costs of a special diet.

Eligibility is verified through an assessment by an approved medical professional.

The three new medical conditions to be added are:

  • Congenital heart defect in patients who have had a Ross Procedure or an arterial switch procedure or coexisting coarctation of the aorta. Congenital heart defect refers to a malformation of the heart, aorta, or other large blood vessels, and is the most common form of major birth defect in newborns
  • Unintended weight loss due to interferon treatment for people with hepatitis C
  • Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopment disorder that affects mobility and brain development. Social assistance recipients who have Rett Syndrome may be eligible for a Special Diet Allowance if they have a body mass index of less than 18.5

The changes are effective Dec. 1, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • Eligible recipients can request an Application for Special Diet Allowance form from their local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office.
  • In 2011, Ontario made changes to the Special Diet Allowance to make it more accountable while helping social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions with the extra costs of a special diet.
  • In 2013/14, more than 148,000 social assistance recipients received the Special Diet Allowance.

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