Old Age Security (OAS) – Anyone who has lived in Canada for at least 10 years can get some OAS starting the month after they turn 65. If you have lived here 40 years or more you should get the full monthly pension. Apply for the OAS six months before your 65th birthday.
Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) – A non-taxable benefit to top up OAS for low-income seniors. The monthly amount depends on the annual income from the previous tax year. Eligibility for GIS is reviewed each year when you file your tax return; it is automatically renewed for seniors who qualify.
Spousal Allowance/Allowance for the Survivor – Extra benefits paid to a 60 to 64 year old spouse or common-law partner of an OAS recipient or to a survivor. The monthly amount depends on yearly household income and is reviewed each year when you file your tax return. It is automatically renewed for those who qualify.
For more information on the programs listed above, contact Service Canada at 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) or online at Service Canada.
55 Plus – A Manitoba program that provides a financial supplement to low-income seniors 55 years or older. The payment is made four times a year based on income shown on the previous year’s tax return. 55 plus benefits may be available if you receive only the health care benefits portion of income assistance. Call 1-800-563-8793 or go to Employment and Income Assistance: 55 Plus Program.
Rent Assist – Rent Assist is a monthly shelter-related financial benefit to help low- income Manitobans who pay rent in the private market and are required to spend a large portion of their income on rent. Rent Assist benefit amounts have been increased up to 75% of median market rent. To apply for non-EIA Rent Assist, complete an Application for Rent Assist form [pdf] or call provincial Services at 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg or 1-877-587-6224 toll-free to have an application form mailed to you.
Seniors Information Line – This is an information and referral line for seniors, their families, caregivers and professionals working with seniors. This resource provides access to information on services and programs for seniors in Manitoba. Contact 204-945-6565 or toll free at 1-800-665-6565.
Manitoba Seniors’ Guides are available from Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat.
Guide to Manitoba Home Care is available from Home Care Services in Manitoba.