You may be eligible to receive this benefit if:
- Your spouse or common-law partner receives an Old Age Security pension (OAS) and is eligible and entitled to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
- You are 60 to 64 years of age.
- You are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident.
- You have resided in Canada for at least 10 years since the age of 18.
- You and your spouse or common-law partner’s annual combined income is less than $35,136.
Social Insurance Number
- confirmation of SIN letter
- plastic SIN card (non-expired)
You can apply online or submit a paper application.
To apply online, you must:
- be age of 60 to 65
- not have a legal representative on your account
If you are applying online, you will need a My Service Canada Account (MSCA). If you do not have an MSCA account, you can register for one. You will receive a personal access code to complete your registration.
To apply or register through My Service Canada Account
To apply using a paper application:
- Print and complete the paper form Allowance or the Allowance for the Survivor (ISP3008)
- Print and complete the paper form Statement of Income for the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Allowance or the Allowance for the Survivor form (ISP3026)
- Include certified true copies of the required documents
- Mail the application to Service Canada or bring it in person to a Service Canada office
- Consult the Information Sheet for Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor (ISP3008A) for information on how to fill your application.
To receive this benefit:
- You should apply 6 to 11 months before you turn 60.
- Before you apply, ensure you have:
- Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Information about your spouse or common-law partner such as SIN, date of birth, and foreign income information
- Information about the countries you have lived since Age 18
- Your banking information to sign up for direct deposit
- If your employment or pension income stopped or reduced, you will need the date it reduced and stopped and the new monthly rate.
- Your foreign income information
- You must file your taxes by April 30 every year to avoid any disruption of payments.
- If you have general questions about Allowance or specific questions about your application, contact Old Age Security