Additional Support for Seniors
On May 12, 2020, the Prime Minister announced the following supports for senior citizens:
- providing a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), for a total of $500 for individuals who are eligible to receive both the OAS and the GIS;
- expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with an additional investment of $20 million to support organizations that offer community-based projects that reduce isolation, improve the quality of life of seniors, and help them maintain a social support network; and
- temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed; to avoid an interruption in benefits, seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 income information as soon as possible and no later than by October 1, 2020.