CNIB aims to close the gap in financial support for seniors with guide dogs

1/16/2018

As you may be aware, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients with guide dogs are eligible for the Guide Dog Benefit, a supplement ($82/month) to assist with general expenses such as dog food and supplies.
 
When an individual turns 65 and no longer receives ODSP, there isn’t an equivalent guide dog benefit through the Old Age Security (OAS) pension. This has put guide dog owners at risk of having to give up their guide dog due to financial hardship, which takes away their independence to navigate their surroundings safely.
 
CNIB is working with community organizations, as well as with the Government of Ontario, to close this gap in financial support for seniors with guide dogs. To support our advocacy efforts, we are looking for real life examples of guide dog owners either approaching 65 or over 65 who have had to give up their guide dog due to financial hardship or are at risk of doing so. If this applies to you, and you are willing to share your story to help address this issue, please email advocacy@cnib.ca.

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