The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to Old Age Security (OAS) pension recipients who have a low income and are living in Canada.
In December 2017, Service Canada implemented a process to automatically enroll seniors who are eligible to receive the GIS. If you can be automatically enrolled, Service Canada will send you a notification letter the month after you turn 64.
If you did not receive a letter from Service Canada informing you that you were selected for automatic enrolment, you must apply in writing for the GIS; however you must first apply for OAS.
The Allowance for the Survivor is a benefit available to people aged 60 to 64 who have a low income, who is living in Canada, and whose spouse or common-law partner has died.
- aged 60-64 (includes the month of your 65th birthday)
- reside in Canada and have resided in Canada for at least 10 years since the age
- your spouse or common-law partner has died and the applicant not remarried or
entered into a common-law relationship
- annual income is less than the maximum annual threshold
The amount of the Allowance for the Survivor received depends on their previous year's income.