Old Age Security: Your application
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You need to do the following:
Determine if you need to apply
We may send you a letter to let you know that you will receive the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
You will need to apply for the Old Age Security pension if:
- you get a letter from us asking you to apply
- information in the letter we send you is incorrect
If you did not receive any letter about the Old Age Security pension the month after you turned 64, contact us to find out if you need to apply.
Decide when you want your OAS to start
You’ll be asked to choose one of the following:
- start receiving your pension at age 65 (your pension will start the month after your 65th birthday)
- start receiving your pension at a specific date that you choose
You’ll need to understand when is the best time for you to start receiving your pension.
Submit your application
Decide how to apply:
To be able to apply online, you must:
- be at least 1 month past your 64th birthday
- not be currently receiving an Old Age Security pension
- have not already applied for the Old Age Security pension and Service Canada is not currently assessing your application
- be currently living inside of Canada
- not have an authorized third party on your account
If you are applying online, you’ll need a My Service Canada Account (MSCA).
If you don’t have a My Service Canada Account (MSCA), you can register for one. You’ll receive a personal access code to complete your registration.
Note: It's important to gather the information you need before you begin, because once you start the application, you cannot save it and continue later. Your session will expire after 20 minutes of inactivity (this time starts when your computer mouse stops moving and resets when your mouse is moved).
Gather your personal information before you begin
Before you begin, please ensure you have:
- your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- information about your spouse or common-law partner if you have one (Social Insurance Number, date of birth)
- information about where you have lived since age 18
- your banking information to sign up for direct deposit
- the date you would like your pension to start
- your reduction in employment or pension income, if applicable
Apply using a paper application
If you are applying by mail you need to:
- print and complete the paper form Application for the OAS and the GIS (ISP-3550)
- include certified true copies of the required documents
- mail the application or bring it in person to a Service Canada office
See the Reference Guide (ISP-3550A) for information on filling in your application form.
If someone is helping you with your application
You must provide consent for someone to help you with your application. You can do this 2 ways:
- through your My Service Canada Account
- complete the Consent to Communicate Information to an Authorized Person form (ISP-1603) and mail it to us, or drop it off at a Service Canada office
This does not give the person helping you authority to:
- submit your application
- apply for benefits on your behalf
- change your payment address
- request or change the withholding of tax for you
If you need to apply or act on someone’s behalf
If someone cannot manage their own affairs, another person or agency may act on their behalf.
To apply to administer benefits on someone’s behalf you need to:
- have a medical professional complete the Certificate of Incapability form (ISP-3505)
- complete one of the following forms that applies to you:
- Agreement to administer benefits under the Old Age Security Act and/or the Canada Pension Plan by a Private Trustee form (for administration by an individual)
- Agreement to administer benefits under the Old Age Security Act and/or the Canada Pension Plan by an Agency or Institution form (for administration by an agency, charitable organization or municipality)
These forms do not give the person applying on someone’s behalf authority to submit an application through My Service Canada Account (MSCA). You must submit a paper application.
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Receive a response from us
We will mail you a letter with either:
- a decision on your application
- a request for more information
Your decision letter
Your letter with a decision will include:
- the amount you will receive each month
- the date for your first payment
- any past payments that may be owed to you
Review your application status
To view your application status, you can:
If you don’t have an MSCA account, you can register for one.
If you disagree with the decision
If you disagree with the decision, you may ask to have the decision reviewed. You must request a reconsideration in writing within 90 days of receiving your decision letter.
A review of you application will be made by Service Canada staff who were not involved in the original decision on your application.
More information on how to request a review of the decision
- complete and submit the Request for Reconsideration of an Old Age Security Decision form (ISP-3134) and return it to the nearest Service Canada office on your decision letter
- prepare your written request for a reconsideration and include:
- your name, address, telephone number and Social Insurance Number
- a detailed explanation of why you want us to review your request again
- any new information that could affect our decision
Sign and date your written request and send it by mail to the return address on our decision letter.
Reconsiderations can take several months to complete, depending on the case. We will review your application and send you a letter that explains our final decision.
If you disagree with the reconsideration
If you disagree with the new decision, the next step is to contact the Social Security Tribunal to appeal.
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