Paying for Care in Canada | Government Contributions

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The amount government pays for senior care and the benefits seniors can receive depends on a few criteria such as contributions, average annual earning, and the time you started your pension. Some other parameters such as your health, if you’re married, or whether you’re planning to continue working might also affect the amount of financial assistance for pensioners.

Canadian Government Subsidies for Seniors

Across Canada, there are two fundamental aids seniors usually use, which are the Canadian Pension Plan Retirement Pension (CPP) and Old Age Security Pension (OAS). You may want to seek help from a certified financial planner to be able to know which programs are the best for you. You can also check out Service Canada or reach out to 2-1-1 for more information about government financial assistance for seniors. 

Old Age Security Pension Amount

When you qualify for the Old Age Security Pension (OAS), you can receive up to $614.14 a month, depending on how you long lived in Canada or particular countries starting 18 years old. You can as well receive extra payment based on your income under the other variants of OAS, for instance, the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Allowance Program, Allowance for the Survivor, and other CPP benefits.

Canadian Pension Plan Retirement Pension (CPP) Amount

In 2019, seniors who are new recipients of this benefit aged 65 who will qualify for the CPP can receive a maximum monthly amount of $1,154.58. However, the average monthly amount a senior receives is $679.16. There are varying factors for how much you will receive. For instance, your time off work can affect the amount that you will receive in a monthly basis. At the same time, It is also possible for you to work while you receive the pension.

Government Assistance for Seniors with Low Income

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) is monthly government assistance for seniors with low income under OAS. This program is a non-taxable benefit eligible for seniors with a low income, living in Canada. 

You can be eligible for this benefit if your income is below $18,624, and you are single, widowed, or divorced. If you have a spouse or a common-law partner, the amount you will receive will depend on your income and your partner’s income combined. 

You can be eligible for GIS if your income and your partner’s income is below $24,576, and your partner receives the full OAS pension. If your spouse or your common-law partner does not receive an OAS pension, you may be eligible for GIS if you and your partner’s income is below $44,640. 

While, if your partner receives an allowance, you can be eligible for this program, and your income and your partner’s combined income is below $44,640.

Allowance Program

The Allowance Program is a monthly benefit over and above OAS. Low-income seniors aged 60-64 with a spouse or a common-law partner who is a recipient of Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement may be eligible for this benefit.

If you are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident of the country, you can be eligible for this program if your annual income and your spouse/common-law partner combined income is below $34,416.

Allowance for the Survivor

This benefit can be applied to low-income seniors living in Canada who has a deceased spouse or a common-law partner. This allowance is monthly given to seniors who will meet a certain criterion. If you want to know more about this benefit, please visit the website of the Government of Canada.

You can be eligible for this benefit if you have a deceased spouse or common-law partner and you haven’t remarried or entered a new relationship with a common-law partner. Your annual income must be below $25,080 to be eligible for this program.