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Alternate Name Allowance ; Allowance for the Survivor ; Canada Pension Plan ; CPP ; GIS ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; HRSDC ; Human Resources and Social Development Canada ; OAS ; OCR ; Old Age Security ; Old Age Security Identification Card ; Programmes de sécurité de la vieillesse ; SDC ; Seniors Discount Card ; Seniors Identification Card ; ServiceCanada ; Spouses Allowance ; Widowed Spouse's Allowance
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Located In Community Ottawa (City of)
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Ottawa, ON
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Description and Services
Description (Service) Old Age Security (OAS)
Monthly pension to persons 65 or over regardless of income or assets * must be legal resident of Canada for at least 40 years to receive full pension * also full pension for persons who were 25 years or older as of July 1, 1977, and who resided in or had a visa to enter Canada that was valid on that date, or who had resided legally in Canada prior to that date and after reaching age 18, and who resided in Canada immediately before approval of the application

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
Supplement added monthly to Old Age Security for those with limited or no income * amount of supplement is adjusted quarterly * reapply when income taxes are filed (end of April) * not payable outside Canada beyond a period of 6 months regardless of how long the person lived in Canada

Monthly allowance for spouses 60-64 years of Old Age Security pensioners receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement * based on combined income of the couple * allowance is adjusted quarterly * residence requirements * proof of age required * reapply when income taxes are filed (end of April)

Allowance for the Survivor
Monthly allowance for widowed spouses 60-65 years * death, marriage and applicant's birth certificate required * based on limited or no income * deceased spouse need not have received Old Age Security * apply when income taxes are filed (end of April)

Programs of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, delivered by Service Canada)

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Hours Inquiry Line Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility See below for age and other qualifications * Canada has reciprocal social security agreements with many other countries , see website for details
Application OAS and GIS: some seniors are automatically enrolled * selected seniors would have received a letter a month after they turned 64 years old from Service Canada * seniors who did not receive this letter can then apply 
Application forms available online, by phone or in person at Service Canada sites (see separate entries)
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Canada Pension Plan ; Federal Government Information Services ~ Canadian Retirement Issues ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Old Age Security Program ; Spouse's Allowance
Contact Information
Office Phone English Inquiry Line, toll free 1-800-277-9914 ; French Inquiry Line, toll free 1-800-277-9915
TTY Phone Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Other Details
Funding Federal - Service Canada
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