The Allowance is a non-taxable payment you can get if:
- you are age 60 to 64
- you live in Canada
- your spouse or common-law partner is eligible to receive the Guaranteed Income supplement (GIS)
- your combined annual income is less than $35,616
Find out if you are eligible.
Why you may have to apply
If you were in receipt of the Allowance and your spouse or common-law partner has passed away, you will be automatically converted to the Allowance for the Survivor.
When to apply
You should apply for the Allowance 6 to 11 months before you turn 60.
When payments start
The Allowance payments will begin during one of the following months, whichever is latest:
- the month after you meet the eligibility requirements
- the month after you turn 60
- the month your spouse or common-law partner becomes entitled to the GIS, or
- up to 11 months before to the date we received your application (if you applied after you turn 60)
Allowance pension amount
The combined income of you and your spouse or common-law partner will determine how much you could receive.
Where you can get help
If you have general questions about Allowance or specific questions about your application, contact us.
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