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Canada. Old Age Security Programs

Contact Information
Office Phone English 1-800-277-9914; French 1-800-277-9915
TTY Phone Toll free 1-800-255-4786
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
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Mailing Address c/o Service Canada, Stn D; PO Box 5100 
Toronto, ON 
Canada M1R 5C8
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Income Programs ; Older Adults
HCSD Sub Heading Income Programs for Older Adults ; Income Support Programs for Older Adults ; Social Assistance
Service Categories Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Old Age Security Program ; Spouse's Allowance

Agency Overview

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