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Canada. Old Age Security Programs

COVID19 Seniors Benefit -- one-time, tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for Old Age Security (OAS) and additional $200 for seniors eligible for Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to offset increased costs due to COVID-19 * benefit will be received automatically, application not requiredOld Age Security (OAS)Monthly pension to legal residents of Canada 65 years and older * full pension to those who have lived in Canada for at least 40 years after turning 18 * partial pension may be available Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)Monthly supplement for low income OAS recipients living in CanadaAllowanceMonthly benefit for low income spouses (60-64 years) of GIS recipients * based on combined income of the coupleAllowance for the SurvivorMonthly benefit for low income widowed spouses 60-64 years Social Security Tribunal, 1-877-227-8577 -- independent appeal process for Old Age Security decisions Programs of Employment and Social Development Canada, delivered by Service CanadaGuaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS), 1-866-668-8297 -- monthly supplement to low income Ontario seniors receiving OAS and GIS * program of the Ontario Ministry of Finance
See Description for age and other qualifications * Canada has reciprocal social security agreements with many other countries -- see website for details
Application Process
OAS and GIS Automatic enrollment -- seniors who are eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a notification letter the month after they turn 64 * they do not have to apply for OASSeniors not eligible for automatic enrollment must complete and mail an application form * can apply a maximum of 11 months before pension beginsGIS -- OAS applicants can indicate on the OAS application form that they wish to apply for GIS * status will be reviewed each year when taxes are filedAllowance and Allowance for the Survivor -- application form should be submitted 6-11 months before applicant's 60th birthdayGAINS -- no application required * benefits based on information from federal tax return
Toll Free
English 1-800-277-9914 * French 1-800-277-9915
Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Out Of Area Phone
Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Mailing Address
c/o Service Canada, Stn D; PO Box 5100
Scarborough, ON, M1R 5C8
English, French
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Agency Information
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Last Updated On
November 13, 2020
Hours of Operation
Recorded information Mon-Sun 24 hours * call Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm to speak to an agent

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