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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.

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  • Glenda
    Wed May 27 2020, 00:05
    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!
  • Mariam Namo
    Wed May 27 2020, 12:03
    There are some seniors with ODSP. They are not eligible for this one time payment. My mother is one of them.
    • JaneVock
      Thu May 28 2020, 08:53
      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.
  • Barbara Morris
    Wed May 27 2020, 12:14
    I did not receive my extra Gains suppliment and I am eligable. How do I rectify this.
    • JaneVock
      Wed May 27 2020, 16:14
      It is best to contact the Ontario Ministry of Finance and inform them (and hopefully get it rectified) at:1-866-ONTTAXS (6688297)
  • Helen Gracie
    Wed May 27 2020, 14:40
    when exactly canwe expect this one time payment
    • JaneVock
      Wed May 27 2020, 16:08
      It is for the month of June, so May 31st or as early as the 29th of May
  • Rene noble
    Wed May 27 2020, 18:51
    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
  • Cheryl Sawyer
    Wed May 27 2020, 19:12
    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
  • Heather Slaunwhite
    Thu May 28 2020, 06:13
    What about people like myself on cpp disability isn't there any help for us.Thank You
    • JaneVock
      Thu May 28 2020, 08:50
      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.
  • diane bursey
    Thu May 28 2020, 10:58
    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
    • JaneVock
      Thu May 28 2020, 11:00
      Actually, this information is indeed from the federal government. There are links in the article. It's good to check these things.
  • Linda Vautour
    Fri May 29 2020, 09:07
    I did not receive the 500.00 extra on my pension for the end of May.
    • JaneVock
      Fri May 29 2020, 09:15
      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.
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:31
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • joan daye
    Fri May 29 2020, 11:53
    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.
  • Paula Stevenson
    Fri May 29 2020, 23:01
    Just wondering if I am entitled to the one time payment for the OAS and GIS payments
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:26
      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.
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:30
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • Joyce Mitchell
    Fri May 29 2020, 23:35
    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.
  • Karen
    Sat May 30 2020, 05:56
    I turn 65 June 1 , am I eligible for the 300.00 and do I have to apply for it?
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:24
      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.
  • Lynda Morningstar
    Sat May 30 2020, 09:08
    what about persons that retired at age 60 .. we have expenses too ...
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:28
      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.
  • Rob
    Sat May 30 2020, 12:31
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:23
      Yes, the government has stated it will be "as soon as possible".I also hope it will be extended.
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:30
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:31
      The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • Sue
    Sat May 30 2020, 20:46
    If someone is receiving the widows pension would they get and increase due to the covid 19. Like the elderly r getting
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:29
      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.
  • Adele
    Sun May 31 2020, 03:09
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:43
      Hi Adele. I am wondering whether your husband is aware of the Trillium Drug Program. If eligible, this would reduce the costs of his medications, which I understand are quite high. Here is the link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-coverage-prescription-drugs. You could also call your pharmacist and ask about programs that provide coverage for prescription drugs. Good luck!
  • louise whalen
    Sun May 31 2020, 13:23
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:21
      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".
  • coreine paul
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:14
    i never received any extra and i receive old age security. coreine paul
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 08:19
      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.
  • Edna Hewitt
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 13:41
    Today is June 1st-I did not receive the one time payment. I’m a recepient of OAS & GIS Edna Hewitt
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 13:59
      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".
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:30
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:30
      The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • Wanda Porter Davis Corneal
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 15:25
    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 11/54thank youWanda Corneal
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 16:26
      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.
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:29
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:30
      The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • Debbie Burke
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 17:25
    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....
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:45
      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.
  • Sheila Rodaway
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 19:06
    This $500 pension top-up was not paid May 31st nor June 1st. CRA website says it'll be out with June payments
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 20:26
      Yes, you are exactly right. The government has stated that the one-time payments will be deposited "as soon as possible".
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:28
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:15
      Yes, and the government is stating it will be deposited "as soon as possible". Hopefully it will be this month!
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:27
        Hi Sheila,The government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:29
      The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • Rita Cormier
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 19:07
    What’s the date for the seniors check to be deposit
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 01 2020, 20:25
      Well, it was designated for the June pension payment but it has not yet happened. The government has stated that it will be deposited "as soon as possible".
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:29
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:14
      The government has stated "as soon as possible". The hope was that it would be deposited for the June pension payment...fingers crossed it will be soon!
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:29
      The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • Tanya
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 21:34
    I am on Canada Pension plan Disability, I am 57 years old, I made 11,000$ 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?
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:38
      Hi Tanya,The only other option I know you can explore is for your husband to apply for Ontario Works. It may be that your income is low enough that he may be eligible (they do look at joint or household income). Here is the link:https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/ow/apply.aspx
  • Janice Gray
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 21:35
    I am 62and on surviver benefit does this onevtime payment apply to me to help me
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:27
      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 +.
  • Karen
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 22:14
    I turn 65 June 1st. Am I eligible for the 300.00
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:32
      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: 1-800-277-9914The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday.
  • Ginette
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 22:35
    I will be 65 on July 27, do I qualify for the one time payment?
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:31
      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.
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:26
        The federal government stated today that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you
  • Loretta
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 23:12
    What happened to the money for the seniors that was being paid our according to you on the 31st of May
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:26
      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.
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:27
        The federal government has stated this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:28
      The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you.
  • Linda Campbell
    Mon Jun 01 2020, 23:16
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 09:28
      I understand it is frustrating. The government has stated it will be deposited "as soon as possible".
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:27
        The federal government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you
  • JIM TURNER
    Tue Jun 02 2020, 12:57
    I am wundering when my wife and I will receive this payment.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 02 2020, 13:16
      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
      • JaneVock
        Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:25
        The federal government has now stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.Thank you, Jane
  • Earl MacLean
    Thu Jun 04 2020, 13:55
    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
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 04 2020, 14:54
      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
  • dianne longley
    Thu Jun 11 2020, 05:44
    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
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 11 2020, 08:52
      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
  • Violeta Jaravata
    Mon Jun 15 2020, 13:12
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 16 2020, 12:17
      Hi violeta,The government has stated that this money will be deposited the week of July 6th.
  • Elaine Sadana
    Tue Jun 16 2020, 13:05
    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?
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 16 2020, 13:10
      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.
  • Dorothy Hobbs
    Sun Jul 12 2020, 14:57
    I did not receive the first 300.00 paymeni
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jul 13 2020, 10:40
      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
  • Hamar Foster
    Sun Oct 11 2020, 17:22
    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
    • JaneVock
      Tue Oct 13 2020, 09:00
      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
  • JANIS GALPIN
    Wed Nov 04 2020, 22:51
    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 Janis
    • JaneVock
      Fri Nov 06 2020, 08:04
      Hi Janis,There was a disability pension payment made in October, not an Old Age pension one. Hope that clears it up for you!
  • Rachelle Y Lortie
    Mon Nov 23 2020, 15:30
    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?
    • JaneVock
      Mon Nov 23 2020, 16:21
      Hi Rachelle,There was a disability pension payment made in October, not an Old Age pension one. Hope that clears it up for you!
    • JaneVock
      Tue Dec 01 2020, 08:24
      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
  • Lynn Troake
    Tue Dec 01 2020, 20:41
    how come my husband and I receive nothing
    • JaneVock
      Thu Dec 03 2020, 07:57
      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
  • Diane Corrigan
    Tue Mar 30 2021, 18:17
    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???? 🙏🙏🙏
    • JaneVock
      Mon Apr 05 2021, 09:39
      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.
  • leszek szczepaniak
    Thu Apr 15 2021, 15:00
    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
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 08 2021, 14:19
      Hi Leszek,You needed to be 65 at the time to be eligible for this payment. Unfortunately, this was a one time only payment.
  • Wayne Brown
    Wed Apr 21 2021, 11:13
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 08 2021, 14:18
      We are not a government agency, so I am sorry, I don't have an answer to your very good question!
  • DEB KUMAR BHATTACHERJEE
    Mon Apr 26 2021, 18:26
    My wife is getting spousal Allowance, why is she not elligible GIS one-time, tax-free payment for eligible seniors. Deb
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 08 2021, 14:17
      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.
  • janet jenkins
    Wed May 05 2021, 23:17
    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 regardsjanet Jenkins
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 08 2021, 14:14
      HI Janet,Yes I am sorry to report that this was only a one time payment.
  • Phyllis Harris
    Fri May 14 2021, 13:34
    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
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 03 2021, 14:06
      Hi Phyllis,I am not aware of any one time payments for seniors this July. Sorry to report this!!
  • Carol Kraft
    Thu May 20 2021, 19:31
    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
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 03 2021, 14:01
      I am sorry but I don't have information about financial help for seniors in the United States.
  • Diana brunet
    Mon May 31 2021, 20:19
    Will Seniors get the 300.00 in Ohio..If so when...What are the qualifications if you did not have to file for taxes..
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jun 03 2021, 13:42
      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
  • Barbara Roye
    Tue Jun 08 2021, 12:18
    I have not received any Covid Benefit Payments since May of 20/20. I have not received any payments this year at all.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Jun 08 2021, 13:51
      HI Barbara,This was a one-time payment only. Thanks for inquiry.
  • Elizabeth
    Wed Jun 30 2021, 05:38
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jul 08 2021, 09:06
      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.
  • brian rogers
    Wed Jun 30 2021, 06:52
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jul 08 2021, 09:04
      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!
  • Doreen McNair
    Tue Jul 06 2021, 13:14
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Thu Jul 08 2021, 08:59
      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.
  • DELOIS ROOK
    Fri Jul 16 2021, 12:03
    How can I apply for this program
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jul 19 2021, 14:49
      Hi Delois,If you are eligible, there is no need to apply.
  • Francis Hood
    Mon Jul 19 2021, 10:55
    Do I get a check ?
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jul 19 2021, 14:46
      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
  • Jamie Johnson
    Sat Jul 24 2021, 02:05
    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
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jul 26 2021, 11:32
      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
  • Susan Holliday
    Thu Jul 29 2021, 18:45
    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
    • JaneVock
      Tue Aug 03 2021, 09:57
      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
  • Judy Neufeglise
    Fri Jul 30 2021, 21:12
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Tue Aug 03 2021, 09:55
      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
  • Delois Rook
    Sat Jul 31 2021, 10:44
    I would like to know what programs I am eligible for I am on Social Security
    • JaneVock
      Tue Aug 03 2021, 09:52
      Are you living in Canada Delois? We only have information about the Canadian system. Thanks for inquiry.
  • Priscilla Desjardins
    Mon Aug 02 2021, 20:48
    I turned 65 in March 2021. Will I receive any extra money from the government in August?
    • JaneVock
      Tue Aug 03 2021, 09:51
      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).
  • Leeta MacLean
    Thu Aug 05 2021, 19:36
    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.
    • JaneVock
      Mon Aug 09 2021, 13:03
      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.Jane
  • Angie Quicquaro
    Mon Aug 09 2021, 12:46
    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 $121.91 pension cheque Provincial only. I don't know how you Emergency funds work someone said your office sends it but, we have to pay back the Govt.? Thank you kindly, Ms.Quicquaro
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:18
      Hi there Angie,We don't actually have any emergency funds through our organization. I would suggest contacting EmplyQuebec about this. Take good care.
  • Deborah Walters
    Fri Aug 13 2021, 10:59
    It seems to me that the seniors age 65 to 75 have been left out. This age group has suffered the horrendous price gouging at the same rate as those who are 75. Increases at the grocery stores, utilities, car and house insurace and the list goes on.
    • JaneVock
      Wed Nov 24 2021, 10:26
      Hi Deborah,I completely agree!
  • Larry Boston
    Sat Aug 14 2021, 11:13
    I am 69 years old in Austin Texas do l qualify on ssdi
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:16
      Sorry Larry,We only focus on the Canadian system.
  • TERRY
    Sun Aug 15 2021, 16:29
    WILL SENIORS 65 AND UP BE RECEIVING ANY MORE FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN REGUARDS TO THE PANDEMIC. CPP/OAS/GST/HST KINDLY ADVISE TERRY PIPE
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:18
      I don't believe so Terry, sorry to report. I just checked the government website and there are no indications that there will be further assistance.
  • Roberta DuBois
    Wed Aug 18 2021, 00:22
    Why would people over 75 qualify for 500$ …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..
  • Colleen livingston
    Wed Aug 18 2021, 17:38
    I was wondering if I am allowed to receive the $500 Covid relief that seniors received? I turn 65 in on June 14 2021?
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:19
      This relief was for seniors who are 75 plus, unlike the previous year's assistance for those 65 years and older.
  • brian rogers
    Wed Sep 01 2021, 11:11
    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
    • JaneVock
      Wed Sep 01 2021, 12:39
      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
  • FRANCINA STONES
    Thu Sep 16 2021, 10:04
    I am 67 years old I didnt receive my one time payment of $500
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:25
      This one time payment was for seniors who are aged 75 years and over, sorry to report.
  • George Williams
    Fri Sep 17 2021, 14:39
    I have no record of having $500.00 benefit I was supposed to receive in August.
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:15
      This was only available for people 75 years of age and older. Is this you?
  • Reshanda Ryan
    Thu Sep 23 2021, 02:12
    Do I qualify for the $ 97847.00 from the USA government?
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:16
      Sorry Reshanda,I cannot answer your question as we focus on the Canadian system.
  • Estill Baker
    Wed Sep 29 2021, 11:08
    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
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:14
      Sorry Estill, we are only familiar with the Canadian system.
  • Lavone Taylor
    Mon Oct 11 2021, 13:46
    How do I apply for this one time payment please advise.
    • JaneVock
      Wed Oct 13 2021, 15:03
      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
  • Glenna Wilson
    Mon Oct 18 2021, 00:47
    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 WilsonRSVP: 503-691-1211
    • JaneVock
      Wed Nov 24 2021, 10:25
      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.
  • Rose czarnik
    Tue Oct 26 2021, 13:00
    Does washinton state have this for seniors
    • JaneVock
      Wed Nov 24 2021, 10:23
      I am sorry we only have information for Canada.
  • Harriet Chimko
    Mon Nov 01 2021, 20:57
    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 YouHarriet Chimko780 914 8957 harrietchimko@gmail.com
    • JaneVock
      Wed Nov 24 2021, 10:23
      Hi Harriet,Please find attached a link for Telus which has a great deal for seniors: https://www.telus.com/en/social-impact/connecting-canada/seniors/application.If you are 65 or older, I would suggest contacting someone at Service Canada to see if you are eligible for a supplement (like the Guaranteed Income Supplement). the phone number is: 1-800-277-9914.Take good care, Jane
  • Letitia dunbar
    Sun Nov 21 2021, 21:04
    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 tooThanks L dunbar289 805 1366