High School Transition

Funding and Scholarship Programs

Ontario Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD)

In 1998, the Government of Ontario created the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), which is the name given by the province to the EAPD program. This program was designed to replace the VRDP program in the province. A government directive expressly prohibits the use of the ODSP to support costs associated with post-secondary education. The directive states:

“The following goods and services WILL NOT be funded under the employment supports component of the ODSP: … Programs where financial assistance is available under the Ontario Student Assistance Program or programs available through the Education Act, and any goods and services required to attend these programs…”

Source: “Ontario Disability Support Program - Employment Supports: Eligible Goods and Services.” Directive # 105-01, January 1, 1999, ODSP Branch, page 32.