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Ontario Increasing Mileage Rates for Social Assistance Recipients

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Ontario Increasing Mileage Rates for Social Assistance Recipients

New Rates Provide Additional Support to Eligible Residents

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is improving support for people receiving social assistance by increasing the mileage rates for medical and business travel. The new rates are:

  • 41 cents per kilometre if you live in the North and Northeast Regions of Ontario;
  • 40 cents per kilometre if you live anywhere else in the province.

For medical travel, the new rates apply to social assistance recipients who either drive themselves to medical appointments using their own personal vehicles, or those who use transportation services (to get to and from medical appointments) provided by agencies that don’t set their own travel rates. This also applies to situations where family members or friends drive the recipient as well.

The new rates for medical travel are retroactive to October 1, 2016. Those who were eligible for and received a medical travel benefit at any time since this date will see a retroactive payment to reflect the increase.

For social assistance recipients who report self-employment income, Ontario is also introducing new business expense deduction mileage rates. The new mileage rates apply to social assistance recipients who are self-employed and who use their own personal vehicle(s) for business travel (where the purpose of travel is to generate income). These new rates took effect on January 9, 2017 and are not retroactive.

Strengthening social assistance is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is introducing new mileage rates for medical and business travel under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works.
  • For ODSP, the new rates are 41 cents per kilometre if you live in the North and Northeast Regions of Ontario, up from 18.5 cents per kilometer; and 40 cents per kilometre if you live anywhere else in the province, up from 18 cents per kilometre.
  • For Ontario Works, mileage rates will be set at the same level as ODSP. Rates were previously set by municipalities and varied across the province.
  • Medical travel rates are retroactive to October 1, 2016 while the business expense deduction mileage rates are effective as of January 9, 2017.

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Dr. Helena Jaczek

“Increasing mileage rates for medical and business travel for those on social assistance is the right thing to do. At the same time, we know there is more work to be done. We will continue to build and strengthen social assistance in this province in order to provide greater supports to those who need them the most.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

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