Canada. Old Age Security Programs

Record Details
Alternate Name Allowance for the Survivor ; Employment and Social Development Canada ; ESDC ; GAINS ; GIS ; Guaranteed Annual Income System ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; OAS ; Old Age Security ; Programmes de sécurité de la vieillesse ; Social Security Tribunal ; Spouses Allowance ; Survivors benefits ; Widowed Spouse's Allowance
Toll Free Phone English 1-800-277-9914 * French 1-800-277-9915
TTY Phone Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Website www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/index.shtml
Description (Service) 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
Located In Community Ontario
Address & Map
Toronto, ON
 
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Mailing Address c/o Service Canada 
PO Box 5100 
Stn D 
Scarborough, ON M1R 5C8
Physical Access Not Applicable
Service Categories Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Old Age Security Program ; Spouse's Allowance

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