Would you work for 50% of your wages?
ODSP recipients are on the system because they have shown they cannot maintain full-time jobs. If they are capable of working at all, it is usually part-time employment. A part-time job will not get them above the poverty line but let alone at 50% reductions.
Disability breeding poverty in Hamilton? Yes. Given we have one of the highest proportions of disabled individuals per capita in Ontario it would seem so.
The following is a Toronto Star article which outlines the changes that are sorely needed to the system.