Guaranteed Income Supplement: Do you qualify

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

Do you qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement

You may be able to get this benefit if:

  • you are 65 or older
  • you live in Canada
  • you receive the Old Age Security (OAS) pension
  • your income is below $18,600 if you are single, widowed, or divorced
  • your income plus the income of your spouse/common-law partner is below:
    • $24,576 if your spouse/common-law partner receives the full OAS pension
    • $44,592 if your spouse/common-law partner does not receive an OAS pension
    • $44,592 if your spouse/common-law partner receives the Allowance

If you moved to Canada as an immigrant

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 cannot receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement while you are sponsored unless your sponsor:

  • suffers personal bankruptcy
  • is imprisoned for more than 6 months
  • is convicted of abusing you
  • dies

If you are an immigrant who is not sponsored

If you are an immigrant who is not sponsored, you could receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement if you receive the Old Age Security pension.

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