Allowance for the Survivor: Do you qualify

From : Employment and Social Development Canada

The information provided below should be used as a guideline. We encourage you to apply and allow a Service Canada representative to determine if you are eligible.

Do you qualify for the Allowance for the Survivor

You may be able to get the Allowance for the Survivor benefit if:

Check the maximum annual income threshold.

If you have not resided in Canada for at least 10 years since you turned 18, but you have resided or worked in a country that has a social security agreement with Canada, you may still be eligible for a partial benefit.

Other circumstances

If you are an immigrant who is sponsored

If you are a sponsored immigrant and have lived in Canada for less than 10 years after age 18, you can apply and have your benefit approved however, you will not receive a payment for the Allowance for the Survivor while you are sponsored unless your sponsor:

If you have lived in Canada for fewer than 10 years since you turned 18, but you have lived or worked in a country that has a social security agreement with Canada, you may be eligible for a partial benefit.

If you become entitled to the Allowance for the Survivor, it will gradually increase with every year that you continue to reside in Canada until you have reached 10 years of residence.

If you are an immigrant who is not sponsored

If you are an immigrant who is not sponsored, you may be eligible to receive the Allowance for the Survivor based on the number of years you have resided in Canada after age 18.

If you have lived in Canada for fewer than 10 years since you turned 18, but you have lived or worked in a country that has a social security agreement with Canada, you may be eligible for a partial benefit.

Your Allowance for the Survivor entitlement will gradually increase with every year that you continue to reside in Canada until you have reached 10 years of residence.

If you are in jail

If you are in jail in a Federal institution, you can apply for the Allowance for the Survivor however, you cannot receive a payment until you are released.

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