Description & Services
Public Comments If an individual has been found ineligible for services or services have been cancelled or suspended they:  
  • have a right to request a review of the decision and 
  • must submit a letter to the local office outlining the reasons why an individual feels the decision made by the local office is incorrect
 
Note: Community Legal Clinics can also assist with reviews and the review process
Description (Service) Provides various services and supports to help in securing and maintaining employment or starting a business
 
Works with the individual to determine required supports to gain or maintain employment which can include: 
  • Assistance in finding and keeping a job  
  • Computer training  
  • Interpreter assistance  
  • Preparing for the job  
  • Software and mobility devices for job assistance  
  • Tools, equipment and clothing for work 
  • Training while on the job  
  • Transportation assistance (financial)
 
Works with the individual to start up a business and can: 
  • financially help towards the costs of business tools, equipment and supplies, licenses and certification  
  • help getting work-related disability supports, such as assistive technology and technical equipment, interpreter, reader and note taking services 
  • help to develop and implement a business plan  
  • help with marketing your business  
  • train in money management, record keeping and budgeting
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Rainy River District
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals must: 
  • 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 to find or keep a job
 
  • Individuals do not have to be receiving financial assistance from the Ontario Disability Support Program to be eligible for Employment Supports 
  • Individuals who are not receiving financial assistance from the Ontario Disability Support Program with a taxable income over $51,000 need to contribute toward the cost of their supports
 
NOTE: If an applicant is in receipt of CPP - Disability, WSIB, EI, or any other disability insurance benefit, eligibility will need to be reviewed
 
Individuals cannot receive Employment Supports if they are: 
  • eligible for or receiving disability or rehabilitation benefits from other public or private sources, or  
  • receiving financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW)
Application
  • Individuals must complete the Employment Supports Application Package 
  • Individuals can apply online or by contacting the office
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Toll Free Phone Fort Frances: 1-877-530-9887 
Kenora: 1-800-268-2970 
Welfare Fraud Hotline: 1-800-394-7867
Fax 807-274-2572
Website www.mcss.gov.on.ca
Primary Contact Melissa Pearson, Income Support Specialist, Fort Frances; Phone: 807-468-2400 ext 239; Email: melissa.pearson@ontario.ca
Primary Executive Haley Pentek, Acting ODSP Manager; Phone: 807-468-2404 * 1-800-268-2970 ext 2404; Email: haley.pentek@ontario.ca
Alternate Executive Leanne Rush, Secretary; Phone: 807-468-2403 * 1-800-268-2970 ext 2403; Email: leanne.rush@ontario.ca
Located In Community Fort Frances
Address 283 Church St
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3N1
 
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Intersection Church St and Portage Ave
Mailing Address Bag 5400 
720 Robertson St 
Kenora, ON P9N 3X9
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS)