@Lady Lazarus: I'm not sure how things go in other parts of the country, but typically, an individual with disabilities in my province (British Columbia) receives roughly $400 a month towards shelter. Since cost of living is so high, this typically only covers a rented room, not an entire apartment or suite, unless you apply directly with a manager that rents specifically to the disabled. Their monthly government-supplemented allowance is roughly $550 ($6600 annually), to use however they choose. And if they're capable of finding work, they're allowed an extra $500 each month ($6000 annually) in paid wages. So, IF they're capable of working, they can receive about $12,600 to live on. The relative poverty line in 2006 for individuals in Canada was just under $19,000 - probably higher now, almost six years later.
The disabled get many perks, such as medical benefits, tax credits, annual transit passes (that the individual must pay for, be it at a fraction of the cost of regular passes), etc. But overall, they get completely screwed over. I've come to know many people with disabilities over the years, and I've even seen some of them on the streets because they just can't make ends meet. My province has the second highest cost of living in the country, and some of the most backward, outdated governmental procedures I've ever seen. It's like the people that run the province are stuck in the '80's. They're just now starting to upgrade its minimum wage requirements from $8/hr to $10.25/hr, and even that tiny amount is 10 years too late.