Financial Support for Canadian Seniors during the Pandemic

The Government of Canada announced recently that seniors will receive one-time tax-free payments.

  • $300 is provided for Old Age Security
  • An additional $200 will be paid to Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • $500 more will be provided to the recipients of the Spouse’s Allowance or the Allowance for the Survivor.

No need to do anything special! No Government of Canada employee will call seniors to ask for their personal information. The amounts will be paid automatically using the same payment method as for regular benefits.

Seniors who already receive one of these benefits will receive the payment this summer.

Important reminder! Eligible seniors who still have not filled out their claim form for Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Spouse’s Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor should do so as quickly as possible. This will ensure they receive the one-time payment in a timely fashion.

Pension recipients who have questions may consult our page on the one-time payment or contact the call centre toll-free number at 1 800-277-9914. For an overview of all the resources available to seniors, visit the Programs and Services Portal.

FAQs 

1) When will the amounts be paid?

The majority of payments are expected to take place in the week of July 6. Note that for some special cases, a second wave of payments will take place in September.

2) Does a claim form need to be filled out?

For OAS, GIS, SA and AS recipients, there is no need to make a call or fill out a form. No special steps are required. The amounts will be paid in the same way as usual benefits; however, the amount is a one-time payment only.

People who recently became eligible to receive OAS, GIS, SA or AS or who are late in filing their claim must complete the forms as soon as possible. Also, seniors who have not filed their 2018 income taxes should do so as quickly as they can. This will ensure they receive the one-time payment in a timely fashion.

It is not necessary to have filed your 2019 income taxes to receive the one-time payment.

3) Is the amount taxable?

No. It’s a one-time payment that doesn’t count as income.

4) Will seniors who have decided to postpone their claims until after age 65 be entitled to receive the one-time payments, even if they aren’t currently recipients?

When an individual wishes to defer receipt of their OAS pension in exchange for a higher monthly amount, they delay their eligibility as well. They will therefore not be eligible to receive this one-time tax-free payment.

Thus, if it is shown that citizens have only temporarily become beneficiaries in order to receive the single payment, they may have to reimburse the payment.

5) Where can recipients go if they need additional information?

They may consult the page on the one-time payment or dial 1-800-277-9915.

For an overview of all the resources available to seniors, visit the Programs and Services Portal.

 

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