New Brunswick

Low-income Seniors’ Benefit

Easy application

Tax filing required

Prerequisite(s) required

To get this benefit you need to first apply for the following benefit(s) if you're eligible:

The Low-income Seniors' Benefit gives $400 each year to qualifying seniors 60 years of age and older who have lived in New Brunswick since December 31 of the previous year and who are getting at least one of three federal seniors’ benefits: the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), GIS Allowance for Survivor Program, or the GIS Allowance Program.

Only one $400 benefit will be given per household if there is more than one qualifying spouse.

Applications for the benefit are available on April 1st of every year.

You may qualify for the Low-income Seniors' Benefit if:

  • You have been a resident of the province of New Brunswick on December 31 of the previous year
  • You are 60 years or older and
  • You are getting least one of the following federal benefits:
    • Guaranteed Income Supplement (for people 65 years or older)
    • GIS Allowance for Survivor Program (for people between 60 and 64 years old)
    • GIS Allowance Program (for people between 60 and 64 years old)

If you and your spouse both receive a federal allowance, such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and live in the same home, only one $400 benefit will be granted. However, if you and your spouse live separately (for example, one lives in a nursing home), you both will be eligible for the $400 benefit.

Social Insurance Number

For example:

  • confirmation of SIN letter
  • plastic SIN card (non-expired)

To apply for the Low-income Seniors’ Benefit follow these steps:

Step One: You must fill out an application form to receive the benefit.  You can fill out and submit your Application and Declaration for Low-income Seniors Benefit 2022 online or print the Application/Declaration for Low-income Seniors’ Benefit 2022 pdf form, complete it and mail it to:

Finance and Treasury Board
Revenue Administration Division
PO Box 1900
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 5G4

The deadline for applying is Dec. 31.

Step Two: You have the option to receive your benefit through direct deposit.  Simply fill out this Direct Deposit Service Application form pdf and mail it to:

Finance and Treasury Board
Revenue Administration Division
P. O. Box 3000
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 5G5

What do I need? You only need the basics to fill out the application:

  • Name,
  • Address,
  • Social insurance number
  • The name of the federal benefit you are getting

You will be told if any documentation is needed.

Last updated: August 24, 2022