One-time payments and help for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has invaded all aspects of our lives, including our financial situation. The federal government, in response, has provided one-time payments and help for seniors (65 +). This, in turn, helps adult daughters and sons because many consistently pay for some of their parents’ expenses.  This financial assistance is reviewed and explained in terms of eligibility, amounts and application process. A review of  Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) is also provided.

COVID-19 and increased costs for seniors

  • Food price increases (because of supply chain disruptions)
  • Transportation and delivery costs
  • Increase in prescription medication fees

Summary of COVID related federal aid to seniors

  • GST credit
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), also available to seniors who were working and lost income during COVID
  • RRIF flexibility AND
  • As of May 31st, there will be a one-time payment for seniors who receive OAS and GIS benefit.

OAS AND GIS one-time, tax-free payment for eligible seniors (65 +)

  • $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension
  • $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • Seniors who receive both the OAS pension and the GIS will be eligible for both payments for a total one-time payment of $500.

If you are already receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), you do not have to apply for this new one-time payment. It will be automatically paid to eligible seniors as of May 31st, 2020.

What is Old Age Security (OAS)?

The OAS program is a federal funded monthly available to seniors over the age of 65 who meet the requirements.  Individuals do not have to pay into it directly, unlike the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

If you did not receive a letter from Service Canada ( a month after turning 64) informing you that you were selected for automatic enrollment, you must apply for the OAS pension.

What is Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

The Guaranteed Income Supplement provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to Old Age Security (OAS) pension recipients who have a low income and are living in Canada. To be eligible, individuals must be receiving OAS and their annual income must be lower than “maximum annual threshold” .

In March, 2020, there were 6.5 million seniors receiving old age security payments and 2.1 million receiving GIS payments.  That means that almost 1/3 of Canadian seniors are low-income! No wonder that Canadian caregivers are spending, on average, $275 per month on out-of pocket expenses like prescription dispensing feeds, transportation, and meals.

Get that income tax filed!

Eligibility for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) is reviewed every year and is based on the applicant’s (or couple’s) net income in the previous calendar year. Payments can increase, decrease or even cease according to reported changes in annual net income.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has temporarily extended GIS supplements without this income tax assessment. All seniors, however, are encouraged to complete and file their 2019 income tax as soon as possible and no later than October 1, 2020. Why wait? For simple tax filings, it is possible to have it completed for FREE by community volunteers or tax clinics over the phone or by video conference.

The importance of income tax completion can’t be overstated. Much of the financial aid for seniors (including at the provincial and municipal level) requires this as a way to verify income.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit

The one-time payment doubled the annual GST/HST credit amounts for the 2019-2020 benefit year (2018 tax year).

You will have received the one-time special GST/HST credit payment amount automatically (April 2020) if you normally receive the GST/HST credit and have filed a 2018 tax return. An average payment of $375 for single seniors and $510 for senior couples was provided to almost 85 per cent of single seniors and almost half of senior couples.

Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIF) flexibility

In Canada, Registered Retirement Savings (RRSP)Plans have to be converted to either a RRIF or a registered annuity before the end of the year you turn 71. Individuals must withdraw at least the required minimum amount annually from your RRIF, starting in the year after you set it up.

For 2020, the federal government has reduced the minimum withdrawal by 25 %. The intention is to preserve assets during these pandemic times when the market is so volatile.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

This is a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers, including seniors, who have lost their income due to COVID-19. Pension income does not affect eligibility to the CERB. The government also extended the eligibility of this benefit to individuals who earn up to $1,000 per month.

Questions? Contact MP’s constituency office

If your parents are eligible for this COVID related financial assistance from the federal government, and have not received it, the quickest route to resolution is to have your parents contact the local constituency office of their federal Member of Parliament (MP). Without a Power of Attorney, you won’t be able to do this for them unless you are calling with general questions. If you are unsure of the contact information for the MP, here is a list of current MPs, which you can search by Postal code.

Let us know how this government assistance has helped your parents during this pandemic.

204 thoughts on “One-time payments and help for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

  1. I am a senior and my kids do not help nor do I want the abusive brats to do so!! I am grateful for tje help I get from OAS/GIS AT THIS TIME. THANKS!

  2. There are some seniors with ODSP. They are not eligible for this one time payment. My mother is one of them.

    • Yes, it is unfortunate that those on ODSP are not eligible for this one-time payment. One option is to call your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to express your concerns. Take good care.

    • It is best to contact the Ontario Ministry of Finance and inform them (and hopefully get it rectified) at:

      1-866-ONTTAXS (6688297)

  3. I’m glad that your helping seniors but wat about odsp an ontario works do to the increase of food an stuff personal high jean the prices an inflation are ridiculous high its hard life really hard im having a hard time for food an i need a special diet thank you for reading this an i hope u do something about the situation thank you

  4. I’m on ODSP and CPP together monthly I get $1280.00 everything has gone up. Why are we not entitled to any money.
    I have to pay for masks plus gloves and hand sanitizer. I got an extra $100.00 from ODSP that was the end of March

    • I don’t believe there is any assistance for people like yourself on CPP disability. If this does happen, I will let you know. Take care.

  5. sherry gambin walsh tells me this info is not true because it is not from the frderal govt web site,,,can you explain that to me please& thanks ,,DIANE BURSEY

    • Actually, this information is indeed from the federal government. There are links in the article. It’s good to check these things.

    • Yes, while the one-time payment is for seniors eligible for June OAS/GIS payment, the government has stated that the payment will be “as soon as possible”. I truly hope you receive this payment soon! Take good care.

  6. I am hoping that seniors on a low income widows will get a fair substantial increase in July 2020, in their oas, try living on 21000 today, just not enough. I believe this was one of Prime Minister Trudeau’s promises.

    • If you are currently receiving OAS, you will be entitled to this one-time payment. Please note that this money hasn’t yet been deposited into people’s accounts. The government has stated that it will do so “as soon as possible”. Take good care.

  7. I have worked and saved all my life, paid taxes on everything, Now with Covid 19 I pay more for many items yet the Federal Government has not helped me at all. I am being overlooked because I have been careful with my wages. Federal Government seems to be handing our cash left and right however nothing for a senior who still saves and does without in order to be safe and healthy, thanks for nothing.

    • No, you do not have to apply for it. Please note, however, that this money hasn’t yet been deposited into people’s accounts. The government has stated that it will be deposited “as soon as possible”. Take care.

    • I understand your concerns, because of course you have expenses too. I do not believe there are any one-time payments available for retirees per se. This benefit is for those who are 65 years and older.

  8. When will payments actually be made? All I can see so far is ….in the coming weeks. Thankful for the additional payment and only hope that is may be briefly extended.

  9. If someone is receiving the widows pension would they get and increase due to the covid 19. Like the elderly r getting

    • I am sorry to relay that this one-time payment is for those who receive OAS and GIS, and doesn’t apply, at this time, to those who are receiving a widow’s pension/survivor’s pension.

  10. Thank you very much for the $300 dollars that we are about to receive. However, the cost of medications is horrendous. My husband is unemployed and he has rheumatoid arthritis; three weeks ago he paid for his medications: $550 for the three months , which puts us on a shoestring budget. $300 per month would be much more helpful.

  11. If you DO NOT recevie GIS do you have to apply for the senior relief, your description says if you are receiving GIS & OAS you do not have to apply nothing is said if you only receive OAS.

    • You do NOT have to apply if you are only receiving OAS. Please note that the government has not yet deposited this money and has stated it will do so “as soon as possible”.

    • Yes, I understand there is a delay. The government has stated that it will be deposited “as soon as possible”. Thanks for letting us know.

  12. Today is June 1st-I did not receive the one time payment. I’m a recepient of OAS & GIS
    Edna Hewitt

    • Yes, I am sorry to hear that. The payments haven’t been deposited yet. The government has stated that they will be depositing them “as soon as possible”.

  13. I receive old age pension, but do not think I got this extra benefit, could you please check on this for me. I was born March 11/54

    thank you

    Wanda Corneal

    • Hi Wanda,

      Hang in there!! Ideally, it was supposed to be deposited with the June cheques, but it wasn’t. The government has stated that it will be “as soon as possible”. Take good care.

  14. It’s good that you are helping the seniors but what about people with disabilities that are not 65 ….costs went up for them as well….so far anybody working got help and fishermen and small businesses large businesses students and seniors, families as well ….but I didn’t hear anything for people with disabilities….

    • Hi Debbie,

      I understand your frustration. To date, the government hasn’t offered any one-time payments for people with disabilities. You could call your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) if it is a provincial disability pension or Member of Parliament (MP) if it is CPP disability, to raise your concerns.

  15. This $500 pension top-up was not paid May 31st nor June 1st. CRA website says it’ll be out with June payments

    • Yes, you are exactly right. The government has stated that the one-time payments will be deposited “as soon as possible”.

    • Yes, and the government is stating it will be deposited “as soon as possible”. Hopefully it will be this month!

    • Well, it was designated for the June pension payment but it has not yet happened. The government has stated that it will be deposited “as soon as possible”.

    • The government has stated “as soon as possible”. The hope was that it would be deposited for the June pension payment…fingers crossed it will be soon!

  16. I am on Canada Pension plan Disability, I am 57 years old, I made 11,000$ last year, I have stage 4 LGSC ( ovarian cancer). I didn’t qualify for Cerb, GST or any of the governments help. It truly sucks, I can no longer work and my husband has been off work since the middle of March., doesn’t qualify for UI as he works in New York and we live in Ontario. What are we to do?

    • I am sorry to report that it doesn’t apply to you. This one-time payment is for those who are on OAS, which requires you to be 65 +.

    • I am not sure. The best thing to do is to call Service Canada for this information. They will ask for your Social Insurance Number as identification. The number is Toll-free: 1-800-277-9914

      The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday.

    • To be honest, I am not sure. It was intended for the June pension payment, but it has not yet been deposited. You can call and check this out at Toll-free: 1-800-277-9914. To be identified you will need to provide your Social Insurance Number.

      The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday.

    • The government has stated that this money will be deposited “as soon as possible”. The intention was to deposit it with the June pension payments.

  17. Sure takes a long time for seniors to receive anything (piddley as it is) and other money is doled out within 3 days. This is certainly not fair.

    • Ideally, it was to be deposited for the June pension payment. The government has stated that it will be deposited “as soon as possible”. I am sorry I cannot give you an exact date. Take good care, Jane

      • The federal government has now stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.

        Thank you, Jane

  18. Not sure how the date of May 31st was identified.
    Non of my friends or my family including myself have not received a dime extra.
    Maybe Mr Trudeau forgot to sign the approval or forgot on purpose as he doesn’t care about Canadian seniors. Why has he not increased the pension as promised in the last eclection, he said we would get $800 more a year, have not received a dime of that either.
    Trudeau words can not be TRUSTED

    • Hello there.

      The federal government stated today (confirmed on website) the money for eligible seniors will be deposited the week of July 6th.

      Take good care

  19. Myself and my wife did not receive the April one time supplement. I am using a friend’s computer as I do not have one. My name is Donald Payne and my wife Lauretta Payne. My birthday is April 8 1942.

    Sincerely Don

    • Hello.

      The best thing to do is contact Service Canada and inquire about this. You will need your Social Insurance Number for this conversation. The number is: 1-800-277-9914

  20. It says that Senior’s eligible for OAS and GIS received payment last May 31st, 2020. How come I didn’t receive any of what it said? Kindly reply.

  21. I have not received any financial help from Clovid 19 and do receive Pension every month and the disability tax credit also. Why was I missed with Clovid 19 help?

    • If eligible to receive OAS or OAS and GIS in June, the government has stated that they will deposit this money into accounts the week of July 6th.

    • The best thing to do is contact Service Canada and inquire about this. You will need your Social Insurance Number for this conversation. The number is: 1-800-277-9914

  22. I understand that seniors receiving OAS were to receive a pandemic payment of $300 a few months ago.

    I believe my wife, Katherine Cook, and I are eligible for such a payment, but I don’t think we have received it.

    Could someone please check this? As of May 31st I was 72 and my wife, 70.

    Hamar Foster

    • Hi Hamar,

      Because of privacy and confidentiality, we are unable to do this for you. The best thing to do is contact Service Canada and inquire about this. You will need your Social Insurance Number for this conversation. The number is: 1-800-277-9914.

      Take good care, Jane

  23. Was there SUPPOSE to be a one time old age pension in the amt of $300.00 on Oct.30, 2020 as my neighbor had just received his check although he is on direct deposit. I know about the one in July and was received through direct deposit but no sign of this one. Could you please explain Why?
    Thank you

    • Hi Janis,

      There was a disability pension payment made in October, not an Old Age pension one. Hope that clears it up for you!

  24. I did not received my 300.00 senior payment that was paid Oct.30/2020, my husband received his but I didn’t, who do I contact for that?

    • Hi Rachelle,

      There was a disability pension payment made in October, not an Old Age pension one. Hope that clears it up for you!

    • Actually, there wasn’t a senior payment in October. This payment was for those who have a disability pension (who could also be a senior). Hope that clears it up.

      Take good care, Jane

    • Hi Lynn,

      I don’t have enough information to be able to answer that question. You can check with your local MPP’s office.

      Take good care, Jane

  25. I believe there are many seniors living on a very stricked budget. It’s sad work for years paying into our pension and we live so little. Please please do something for us???? ???

    • While we aren’t an arm of the government, we certainly advocate for seniors at Elizz, and will continue to do so. Take good care.

  26. last year I was 64 and someone tell me I’m not eligible for one payment COVID -19 for senior because I’m not 65,now I’m 65 and what happen with help for COVID -19 now ,available for help and get one payment or not

    • Hi Leszek,

      You needed to be 65 at the time to be eligible for this payment. Unfortunately, this was a one time only payment.

  27. How come seniors dont get another $300 one time payment this year its not fair there giving 75 year olds a $500 one time payment but we get nothing.

  28. My wife is getting spousal Allowance, why is she not elligible GIS one-time, tax-free payment for eligible seniors.

    • Hi Deb,

      I would suggest reaching out to federal govt representative to get an answer to this quetion.

      To access information about your account, you will need to provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and other personal information.

      Canada and the United States Toll-free: 1-800-277-9914
      Canada and the United States TTY: 1-800-255-4786
      The hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm local time, Monday to Friday.

  29. in 2020 we recieved a one time payment of $500..we continue to struggle in 2021 … food prices have increased as a result of food chain shortages ete are you not planning on helping sensors in 2021 ?

    they seem to be again the forgotten generation ….bjut they still pay taxes ..

    with my best regards

    janet Jenkins

  30. Willsenior get a one time payment for 2o21in July for cov.19the seniors who will turn 75 will get one it is not fair for the other senior not to receive nothing to be left out most of us are on low in come

  31. I live in the United States in the state of Wisconsin. I am not sure if I am eligible to receive this payment or not. I live on a small monthly Social Security Income and with the price of food and gas, I am having a hard time being able to afford thing.

    I would like to know if there is any additional help for seniors. I wasn’t sure if this was just for people in Canada or not.

    Thank you

  32. Will Seniors get the 300.00 in Ohio..If so when…What are the qualifications if you did not have to file for taxes..

    • I am sorry. I do not have information about American payments and help for seniors. The information provided was for Canadian seniors. Take care, Jane

  33. I have not received any Covid Benefit Payments since May of 20/20. I have not received any payments this year at all.

  34. What’s all this information about a one time payment to seniors…that was over a year ago??
    Was that supposed to do us for few years or more?
    What a joke!! And 75 yr olds get more..the rest of us..under 75…we get nothing. That’s a slap in the face. Like what are we…invisible??
    Horgans parents must be in the 75 year range..I’m thinking. Very very unfair.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You are not alone with this opinion. We are receiving many comments from seniors that this one time payment should be for those 65 years and older.

  35. will my wife and I receive a covid stimulas cheque this year and if so, when will the be sent out or direct deposited.please reply as no one seems to know just whats going on with seniors. I am 74 and m wife is 72, thks. and appreciate any information on this issue.

    • Hi Brian,

      I am sorry to report that the government stimulus of $500 which will go out this August is for seniors 75 years of age and older. I wish I could give you better news!

  36. A few months ago, the Prine Minister announced that seniors would receive a further payment of $500 in July, 2021 and an increase in our old age pension of $50.

    Why would the Prime Minister make this announcement and not follow through with it? The cost of food has increased dramatically since covid 19, and being a low fixed income senior, it is very difficult to are ends meet.

    • Hi Doreen,

      This payment will be made in August (2021) and is only for older adults who are 75 years and older. I sure get it -that it is very difficult to make ends meet, especially with rising costs of essentials such as food!

      Please take good care.

    • Hi Francis,

      I am sorry but I don’t have enough information, such as your age and where you live, to be able to answer your question.

      Take good care, Jane

  37. I have not received my check yet what is the hold up please get back to me and let me know as soon as possible because I need this money I’m homeless and I’m trying to get in the house I told him you totally deserve my money please put it in my account

    • Hi Jamie,

      I don’t have enough information to answer your question. The best thing to do is to reach out to the government, specifically Service Canada to get a response to your query. Here is the number: Toll-free: 1-800-277-9914. Note that you will have to have identifying information available, from your Social Insurance Number, to birthdate, address.

      All the best to you, Jane

  38. I’m a senior on the benefits but Im not 75 yet. I’m struggling with everything and I would like to know why seniors under 75 aren’t getting any financial help financially well all seniors over 75 are getting help financially why cant all seniors who are on CPP and OAS get this help to . What are you doing for the seniors who aren’t 75 and over are u going to help them financially after all were all struggling please explain this to me cause I certainly don’t understand it. Sincerely S. Holliday

    • Hi Susan,

      I am sorry, I do not know the government’s rationale for giving payments this August out to those 75 years of age and older. I completely agree that virtually all seniors who are 65 + could use this financial assistance.

      Take good care, Jane

  39. Why are not all seniors eligible for this payment. We all have paid out extra for everything. Well I’m only going to be 74 so guess what. This time Trudeau has lost my vote. I thought a senior was a senior, so Mr. Trudeau has lost a lot of Ontario votes for this move. It cost me at least a 100 more a month just for food never mind anything else so anyone who promises different will get my vote.

    • I understand Judy. The cost of living has increased since the beginning of this pandemic. I don’t know the government’s rationale for giving the payment out this summer to those 75 years of age and older.

      Take good care, Jane

    • Hi Priscilla,

      No, I am sorry, there are no further payments scheduled for this summer for those who are 65 (there are additional monies for those 75 years of age and older).

  40. Hello, my annual income is $24,000. I am 67 years of age, have many health issues and pay as much for groceries and prescriptions as people 75 and older. I am struggling. I am happy for the older seniors, but those of us who are 65 to 74 are in the same situation. What are we getting to keep us above the line of poverty. I don’t find this one bit fair.

    • Hi Leeta,

      I agree, people in your age category (65 to 74) are in the same situation as those 75 years and older. I do not understand the government’s rationale for their decision to confine this one-time payment to people 75 years and older.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion.


  41. Dear Sirs,
    I am 61 years old woman and cannot work standing up anymore due to a work accident in 2018. I took 3 courses an Excel Word,French and returning back to work force, in the office, at this school center I did a Stage and they liked my work and had a Contract for 6 months and so I finished Jan.2020, and than covid hit, i am tryng to find a part-time job 2-4 days a week ,or full time I am semi-retired, I need extra money bcs I cannot make ends meet with the cheques that are coming in. \i am barely getting by. EmployQuebec gives me only $670.09 plus only $121.91 pension cheque Provincial only. I don’t know how you Emergency funds work someone said your office sends it but, we have to pay back the Govt.?
    Thank you kindly,

    • Hi there Angie,

      We don’t actually have any emergency funds through our organization. I would suggest contacting EmplyQuebec about this. Take good care.

  42. It seems to me that the seniors age 65 to 75 have been left out. This age group has suffered the horrendous price gouging at the same rate as those who are 75. Increases at the grocery stores, utilities, car and house insurace and the list goes on.


    • I don’t believe so Terry, sorry to report. I just checked the government website and there are no indications that there will be further assistance.

  44. Why would people over 75 qualify for 500$ …price of everything went up for all seniors…we are all finding it hard…This is not right…All seniors should get a bonus….we live on peanuts..

  45. I was wondering if I am allowed to receive the $500 Covid relief that seniors received? I turn 65 in on June 14 2021?

  46. iam 74 yrs old and my wife is 72. will either of us receive a covid stimulas cheque this yr.?We heard that we will and then that we would not.It appears that the seniors always get the low end of the stick while single mothers with lots of kids get everything,but never the seniors.If we do get a stimulas cheque, when will they be sent outThe seniors of this province are the ones who really .Its always the seniors who get shafted while the rich get all the breaks .It is the seniors who are the ones who need this help and should put put on the front burner and not left out to only get in a deeper hole. someone please reply if you know wether the seniors will get anything. appreictae ant information.Personally i would like to see the seniors get a monthly covid stimulas payment. . We are just a few who are and have been disappointed by what is going on with these cheques. thks. brian rogers

    • Hi Brian,

      I am sorry to report that the federal government has not designated any covid stimulus cheques this year for people under 75 years of age. I completely agree with your suggestion that seniors receive a monthly covid stimulus payment. Take good care, Jane

  47. I am Estill Baker; I am 65 my wife is 73 we both have the covet 19 and we need financial help I am getting Medicare and they take 144 dollars out of my check a month, which leaves me 207 a month.My wife gets 745 a month, I can’t work my part time job ,which is 7.25 a hour for 18 hours a week if that; I am hurting and can’t pay my bills; can you help.?? I want to say you probably can’t or won’t;You don’t care about senior citizens do you??? I am probably wasting my time. Thank you

    • Hi Lavone,

      You don’t actually apply. If you are eligible, then the one time payment would have been deposited into your account. Take good care, Jane

  48. I am 68 years old. I live alone and am in desperate need of food, help paying bills and I only have a three wheel bicycle to get to the grocery store and back home. I have run out of food every month because my bills are over whelming. Live frugally and I’m sick and tired of this. Also, having problems with lifting groceries to the third floor. Have been in the same apartment for fourteen years. Thanks for reading my message.

    Glenna Wilson

    RSVP: 503-691-1211

    • Hi there Glenna,

      I am sorry, we only have information related to Canada. I wish we could be of assistance but we don’t have resources for the United States.

  49. To whom it may concern;
    I would like to know if there is any help for seniors in paying bills? I have my phone bills still sitting that I cant afford to pay. I had to go to Telus which is a phone company and put my phone as pay & talk . Just for the time being, till i can afford to pay my other phone bill. Right now I’m really stuck I have my grand daughter’s tutition fees. I haven’t been able to pay much , besides trying to survive, I dont get no child support for the grand daughter. The parents cant even be depended on, This girl was left with her sister and i came from work found them with a baby sitter no food no milk for the baby, she was 4months and this g-daughter was only 4 yrs.
    today she is 16 yrs old and in grade 11 she speaks Fluent in French and English and I’m very proud of her.
    But now back to the bills , food and clothing There is nothing we can afford. I am wondering if there is any kind of money for seniors that would help during this pandemic. Just one time help , I see people getting money that they shouldn’t be getting ,
    But that is none of my business if Alberta works is crazy to give them so be it.

    Thank You

    Harriet Chimko

    780 914 8957

  50. Hi this is regarding comic help also I am a senior also y my husband has cronic health issues.
    Ànd I have to care for him we are on pension and have health issue too

    Thanks L dunbar289 805 1366

  51. Hi there,

    I called OAS/CPP this morning because when I read this I checked my bank account and I had not received this payment.

    The lady I spoke to said this was only for 75 and older. I did mention that it said 65 and older but she was unable to find anything. Not sure if she was looking for info in 2021 or 2020. I did mention it was May 31, 2020.

    Also because this is not a government website I didn’t pursue it and wanted to find out for sure that this $500 payment was available last year. I also receive the GIS.

    I will call again tomorrow and ask again.
    If you wish to get back to me you can email me.

    Helen Coultas

    • Hi there Helen,

      The first payment was for those 65 years and older and the more recent one (2021) was for those 75 years of age and older. Hope that clarifies it for you.

      Take good care, Jane

  52. From July 2021 to June 2022 I have a reduction in my guaranteed income supplement . Is there any help in getting back the money I lost .

    I had to get my city of Halifax NS pension money out all together . It’s about 9,600 . Now bank sent government about 2000 of it for income tax on 9,600 that left me about 7,700 to do as I wish with . Now I ask this . Will I have my GIS reduce or fully
    taken from me again . I received about $640 for my GIS before july 2021 . And is there any thing I can do to help me because my bills are more than what I would get for my CPP about $350 and OAP about $650 total about $1,000 a month . I had to get my city pension out in full because I lost most of my GIS now I have no way to help me cover this problem in July of 2022 . If you can help it would be so wonderful and if you can’t I understand and also I have a bad hip and can’t walk very far , so is there any way I can get one time disability tax credit since I paid income tax in 2021 ?

    • Hi James,

      My suggestion is that you speak with a Service Canada representative about both of these issues. Here is the number: Canada and the United States Toll-free: 1-800-277-9914. You will need to give them your SIN to begin this conversation. Good luck!

  53. You gave 500 dollars to people 75 and up..what about us that are 74 we have extra payments for covid stuff and extra money to spend to have the groceries delivered..masks..gloves..and disinfectant..not it because there are less people in that age group

    • I understand your frustration Lorna. Please note that we are not a government agency, but instead report of government funding.

  54. Need. Senior. Homeless Veteran. Pandemic. Help. Asap. For. Mr. Cleveland. Ward. 37. Chestnut. Ave. Jamaica. Plain, N. 02130. Help. Me. Mail. Any. Monetary. Help. To. Me. Nr. Cleveland. Ward. 37. Chestnut. Ave. Jamaica. Plain, Ma. 02130 Thank. You. God. Bless. You Have. A. Blessed. Day…

  55. I want to thank are government for the payments last year.
    It was deeply appreciated.
    This year 2022 is a worst year than last year!
    The Omicron is causing lots of Havoc more cases .
    I live in Campbellford & the hospital here has reached full capacity!
    The prices of food & other necessities of life are extremely high.
    Gas prices very high.
    Im a diabetic so I need to follow a strict diet. & it’s very hard on the money seniors receive.
    I’m not the only one in these situations finding it
    Very hard to survive!
    I personally feel we should be heard & there should be an income of funds to ease our load & our frustrations of our living in these conditions!

    • Hi Shirley,

      Thank you so much for sharing with Elizz. I completely agree that living conditions are particularly tough right now, and any and all financial assistance makes it a tich easier for seniors, Please take good care.

  56. I have not received my 2020 tax refund yet. I was told from the IRS to call back in 16 weeks. I am a senior citizen and Forced to retired. My company outsourced my department to Costa Rica .Will I receive the $500. Stimulus check. I have not heard of any help for seniors just people that are still working or family’s with children. My Medicare went up $30.00 and I am paying $170.00 a month now.
    Donna Castellano
    315 Crescent st A4
    Waltham , Ma 02453

    • Hi Kim,

      I would need more information in order to assist you. And please note, that we are only aware of Canadian resources.
      Take good care, Jane

  57. Good day,

    How do I apply for $300.00-am a senior-making well under the threshold.of income allowed

    Thank you,

    William Goldstein

  58. I get 1122 dallars on Odsp with the prize of groceries going up in pandemic it hard to get food you need any cloths and pay bills on 1122 a month it’s hArd to do are check don’t go up the stay the same but the prize rize all the the time it get bad you don’t get much anyone is Canadian are need of help to get what they need not set and cry all day becauce that can’t what then need

    • I couldn’t agree more Josephine. We advocate for seniors and those on disability every opportunity we get.

      Take good care, Jane.

  59. I am a senior citizen just had my leg amputated and live home by myself my children do not help me they come by and check on me every once in awhile. I had an accident and fell and was on the floor for 2 days and was without food for 5 days because I had no way of getting any because of transportation.

    • Oh Tammie,

      I am so sorry to hear about this. Please talk to your doctor/s about receiving homecare.
      Take good care, Jane

  60. My common law partner and I are in our 70s .
    She received the 300$ was one time payment during covid but I never got mine.
    I never looked into why Idid not get it even though I qualify.
    I live in New Brunswick.I have no idea which government department to contact for a followup
    on this error.Any help would be appreciated.


    • Good Morning,

      Here is the number to call re this payment. It is Service Canada number re pension payments:1-800-277-9914

      Good luck, Jane

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    • Hi Rosella,

      I am not aware of any ‘extra money’ promised by the federal government for this April. Sorry to have to report this.


    • Hi Lindsay,

      I do not believe you are eligible for further benefits BUT it is best to discuss this with your ODSP worker. Thanks for inquiry, Jane

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