ODSP rules leave Rockland man with ‘impossible decision’ – CBC News – 2020-09-13

A Rockland, Ont., man says Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rules are forcing him to choose between taking care of his daughter and being financially independent.

“I have to make an impossible decision that doesn’t have a humane outcome at all,” said Jay Woodruff.

Woodruff lives with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes severe pain in his joints. It’s as debilitating as it is unpredictable, so he’s unable to find regular work.

Until now, his partner had been covering his health-care costs and other expenses while he makes the one contribution he can: caring for their two-year-old daughter.

“I’m able to be her caregiver,” Woodruff said. “That’s the only contribution to our family that I can really do.”

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