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Organization: Canada. Old Age Security Programs  
Toll-Free: English 1-800-277-9914 * French 1-800-277-9915
Teletype: Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/...
Address:
c/o Service Canada
Stn D
PO Box 5100
Scarborough, ON
M1R 5C8
Street
Address
:
Toronto  
Hours: Recorded information Mon-Sun 24 hours * call Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm to speak to an agent
Service Description: 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

Application: OAS 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 -- information will be sent to eligible seniors, based on information from the OAS application * status will be reviewed each year when taxes are filed

Allowance for the Survivor -- see website for application information

GAINS -- no application required * benefits based on information from federal tax return
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: See Description for age and other qualifications * Canada has reciprocal social security agreements with many other countries -- see website for details
Languages: English ; French
Area(s) Served:
Algoma, Barrie & Area, Brampton, Brant, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge–North Dumfries, Chatham – Kent, Cochrane, Collingwood & Area, Dufferin County, Durham North East, Durham West, East York, Elgin, Etobicoke, Grey and Bruce, Guelph–Puslinch, Haldimand Norfolk, Haliburton County and City of Kawartha Lakes, Halton, Hamilton, Huron and Perth, Kenora District, Kingston, Kitchener–Waterloo–Wellesley–Wilmot–Woolwich, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, London and Middlesex, Malton, Manitoulin/Sudbury, Midland, Penetanguishene & Area, Mississauga, Muskoka, Niagara, Nipissing, North Lanark/North Grenville, North York, Northumberland County, Orillia & Area, Ottawa, Oxford and Norfolk, Parry Sound, Peterborough City and County, Prescott/Russell, Quinte, Rainy River District, Renfrew County, Rural Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Rural Hastings, Sarnia – Lambton, Scarborough, Scarborough North, Scarborough South, South Simcoe, Stormont/Dundas/Glengarry, Thunder Bay City, Thunder Bay District, Timiskaming, Toronto, Wellington, Windsor – Essex, Woodbridge, York - Toronto, York Region  
See Also: Financial Assistance for Seniors

This information was last completely updated on August 24, 2016

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