Services may be impacted in response to COVID-19. Please contact organizations listed here prior to visiting in person to receive the most current service information.

Canada. Old Age Security Programs

Record #: MET1374
Last Full Update: 18 Aug 2022

Contact Information

Office Phone English 1-800-277-9914; French 1-800-277-9915
TTY Phone Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Website www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security.html

Agency Information

Legal Status (40) Federal Government

Description and Service Details

Description (Service) One-time payment for older seniors
  • one-time, taxable payment of $500 for older seniors, born on or before June30, 1947 eligible for Old Age Security (OAS) as of June, 2021
  • benefit will be received automatically, application not required
Old 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 Canada

Allowance -- Monthly benefit for low income spouses (60-64 years) of GIS recipients; based on combined income of the couple

Allowance for the Survivor -- Monthly 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 Canada

Guaranteed 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
Hours Recorded information Mon-Sun 24 hours, call Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm to speak to an agent
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility See Description for age and other qualifications

  • Canada has reciprocal social security agreements with many other countries -- see website for details
Application 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 OAS
Seniors not eligible for automatic enrollment must complete and mail an application form
  • can apply a maximum of 11 months before pension begins

GIS -- 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 filed

Allowance and Allowance for the Survivor -- application form should be submitted 6-11 months before applicant's 60th birthday
GAINS -- no application required
  • benefits based on information from federal tax return
Languages English; French

Site Information

Located In Community Toronto
Address & Map
Toronto, ON
Canada
 
View Google Map
Mailing Address c/o Service Canada, Stn D; PO Box 5100 
Toronto, ON 
Canada M1R 5C8
Physical Access Not Applicable

Agency Overview


Any omissions are unintentional and HIP disclaims any liability for unauthorized use or reproduction of any portion of this site. For a complete copyright and license statement please refer to our Terms of Use.