BRAMPTON, Ont. - Ontario's New Democrats say they'll boost their planned increases to the province's disability support program.

The change follows criticism that the initial 20 per cent increase the party promised to implement immediately would keep those who rely on ODSP for their income below the poverty line.

Now, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the party would increase ODSP by 20 per cent immediately and raise it to double the current rate in the party's second year in power, if elected.

Horwath said ODSP payments would be indexed so "no Ontarian will ever live in legislated poverty again."

The Liberals have said they would increase ODSP by 20 per cent over two years, while the Progressive Conservatives added a five per cent increase to their platform last week.

The Green party, meanwhile, promised to double ODSP payments.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2022.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the NDP would double its initial promise to increase ODSP by 20 per cent in a second year. In fact, the party is promising to increase ODSP to double the current rate in a second year, if elected.

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