One-time grant for Guaranteed Income Supplement recipients who received pandemic benefits
From: Employment and Social Development Canada
This non-taxable payment is to compensate Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Allowance recipients who saw a reduction or lost their benefits since July 2021 due to the receipt of pandemic payments in 2020.
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You will receive this grant if you:
- were receiving the GIS or an Allowance in June 2021;
- saw a decrease or loss in your GIS or Allowance monthly payment between June 2021 and July 2021;
- were eligible for the GIS or an Allowance as of March 2022; and,
- received (or had a spouse/common-law partner who received) one of the following pandemic benefit in 2020:
Note: Clients who become retroactively entitled for the grant prior to March 31, 2023 will receive a lump sum payment as they become eligible.
The amount you will receive is equivalent to the sum of benefits you have lost since July 2021 because you received a pandemic benefit in 2020.
How we calculate the amount
To determine your monthly benefit loss, we compared the reduction of payments between June 2021 and July 2021.
The one-time grant will be equal to the total 12-month reduction or loss.
One-time grant for GIS recipients who received pandemic benefits
Paul is eligible for the “One-time grant for GIS recipients who Received Pandemic Benefits”.
In June 2021, he received a monthly GIS payment of $900.
In July 2021, he received a monthly GIS payment of $200 ($700 lower than his June 2021 GIS payment).
To calculate the amount of his one-time grant:
$900 - $200 = $700
$700 x 12 = $8,400
In April 2022, Paul will receive a one-time payment of $8,400. This one-time grant is paid automatically.
How to apply
You do not have to apply. If you are eligible, you will automatically receive the One-Time grant for Guaranteed Income Supplement Recipients who received pandemic benefits.
Date of payment
This payment will be issued automatically during the week of April 19, 2022.
If you live in Canada or receive your pension payment by direct deposit, you should receive this within 1-2 business days. If you receive your pension payment by cheque you should receive it within 5 to 10 business days.
If you receive your payment by cheque, international postal disruptions may delay the receipt of cheques.
Method of payment
If you receive your Old Age Security pension or Allowance payment by direct deposit, you will also receive this payment by direct deposit.
If you receive your Old Age Security pension or Allowance payment by cheque, you will also receive this payment by cheque.
Impact on income-tested benefits
This grant will not affect your Guaranteed Income Supplement benefit or the Allowance benefit for your spouse or common law partner.
The One-Time grant for Guaranteed Income Supplement Recipients who received Pandemic Benefits is a non-taxable and non-reportable benefit for which you will not receive a tax slip.
No taxes or deductions will be taken from your grant.
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