Guaranteed Income Supplement: How much you could receive

How much you could receive

Guaranteed Income Supplement amounts – April to June 2023

If you are a single, widowed or divorced pensioner
Your situation Maximum monthly payment amount Your annual income must be
If you are a single, widowed, or divorced pensioner $1,032.10 Less than $20,952
If you have a spouse or common-law partner
Your situation Maximum monthly payment amount Your annual income plus the annual income of your spouse/common-law partner must be
If your spouse/common-law partner receives the full OAS pension $621.25 Less than $27,648
If your spouse/common-law partner receives the Allowance $621.25 Less than $38,736
If your spouse/common-law partner does not receive an OAS pension $1,032.10 Less than $50,208

Depending on your situation, you can find the exact amount you would receive each month.

The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefit is reviewed in January, April, July and October to reflect increases in the cost of living as measured by the Consumer Price Index. Your monthly payment amount will not decrease if the cost of living goes down.

Your payment

You can receive your benefit payment by cheque or direct deposit to your banking account in Canada. You will have to sign up for direct deposit.

If your income this year is less than last year

Did you recently retire or experienced a drop in income? If your income is less than what you reported on your tax form last year, contact us.

One-time grant for Guaranteed Income Supplement recipients who received pandemic benefits New

If you saw a reduction or loss of benefits in July 2021 due to the receipt of pandemic benefits in 2020, you could receive a one-time grant.

If you disagree with the amount you receive

If your letter from us lists a payment amount you think is incorrect, you must write to us within 90 days after you receive our letter. See more information on how to request a reconsideration.

We review your benefit amount each year

Using your income information from your federal Income tax return, we will review whether you will continue to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement for the next year.

Every July, you will receive a letter telling you one of the following:

  • your benefit will be renewed and the amount for the next 12 months
  • your benefit will be stopped
  • your benefit will start or resume
  • we need your income information

If you did not received your payment in July 2022

You should contact us by phone as soon as possible. Be prepared to provide:

  • your Social Insurance Number
  • your 2021 income information
  • your spouse or common-law partner’s 2021 income

File your taxes on time

You do not have to pay taxes on your Guaranteed Income Supplement payment. You must file your taxes by April 30 every year to avoid any disruption of payments.

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