This policy review is linked to the findings of the companion report, Women Living with Long-Term Disabilities in Ontario, on our pilot study of 15 women across the Greater Toronto Area who were receiving disability income supports from a government program or private long-term disability provider. The review briefly outlines the public and private programs that provide supports to people with long-term disabilities, with particular attention paid to the disability supports that women in our study received: Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Canada Pension Plan – Disability (CPP-D) and private long-term disability (LTD) insurance. The policy landscape is reviewed drawing on existing literature and the experiences of women in our study to demonstrate the benefits and challenges of Ontario’s current system of supporting people with long term disabilities. Finally, we make recommendations about how support for women with long-term disabilities can be improved.
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