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Organization: Service Canada - Old Age Security Programs  
Phone Numbers: English Inquiry Line, toll free 1-800-277-9914 * French Inquiry Line, toll free 1-800-277-9915
TTY: Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Stn D, Box 5100
Scarborough, ON
M1R 5C8
Street Address:
Hours: Inquiry Line Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Service Description: Old Age Security (OAS)
Monthly pension to persons 65 or over regardless of income or assets * must be legal resident of Canada for at least 40 years to receive full pension * also full
pension for persons who were 25 years or older as of July 1, 1977, and who resided in or had a visa to enter Canada that was valid on that date, or who had resided legally in Canada prior to that date and after reaching age 18, and who resided in Canada immediately before approval of the application

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
Supplement added monthly to Old Age Security for those with limited or no income * amount of supplement is adjusted quarterly * reapply when income taxes are filed (end of April) * not payable outside Canada beyond a period of 6 months regardless of how long the person lived in Canada

Monthly allowance for spouses 60-64 years of Old Age Security pensioners receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement * based on combined income of the couple * allowance is adjusted quarterly * residence requirements * proof of age required * reapply when income taxes are filed (end of April)

Allowance for the Survivor
Monthly allowance for widowed spouses 60-65 years * death, marriage and applicant's birth certificate required * based on limited or no income * deceased spouse need not have received Old Age Security * apply when income taxes are filed (end of April)

Programs of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, delivered by Service Canada)

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Fees: None
Application: Apply six months before becoming eligible * application forms available online, by phone or in person at Service Canada sites (see separate entries)
Eligibility / Target Population: See below for age and other qualifications * Canada has reciprocal social security agreements with many other countries , see website for details
Languages: English * French
Area Served:
See Also: Financial Assistance for Seniors

This information was last completely updated on June 12, 2018

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