Old Age Security (OAS) – Anyone who has lived in Canada for at least 10 years can receive 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. (If you can be automatically enrolled, Service Canada will send you a notification letter the month after you turn 64).
Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) – A non-taxable benefit to top up OAS for low-income seniors. If you are receiving the OAS pension, apply for your GIS before your 65th birthday. 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 60-64 year old spouse/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. Automatically renewed for those who qualify.
For more information on the above programs, contact Service Canada or call 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232).
55 Plus – A Manitoba program providing a financial supplement to low-income seniors 55 years or older. Payment is made four times a year based on income on the previous year’s tax return. 55 Plus benefits are available if you receive only the health care benefits portion of income assistance. Call 1-800-563-8793.
Seniors Information Line – A Manitoba information and referral line for seniors, families, caregivers and professionals working with seniors. Provides access to information on services and programs for seniors. Contact 204-945-6565 (in Winnipeg) or toll-free at 1-800-665-6565 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.