Old Age Security Program - The Allowance, The Allowance for the Survivor

The Allowance:

  • Paid to the younger spouse or common-law partner of a senior who receives the Old Age Security (OAS) Pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS);
  • The younger spouse must be 60 to 64 years old and meet the legal status and residence requirements;
  • The couple's combined income must be low. The level of income determines the amount of GIS for the pensioner and the Allowance for the younger spouse.

The Allowance for the Survivor:

  • Paid to a widow or widower whose spouse or common-law partner has died and who has not remarried or entered into a common-law union since the death;
  • The widow(er) must be 60 to 64 years old and meet the legal status and residence requirements;
  • The level of income determines the amount of the Allowance for the Survivor paid.

Both the Allowance and the Allowance for the Survivor entitlement must be determined each year by filing a Canada Revenue Agency income tax form by April 30. In some cases, recipients will be mailed a renewal form to complete.

To inquire on income thresholds or apply for benefits call the toll-free number above.

Address / Contact Info

BC & Yukon Service Canada Office
Box 1177 Station CSCVictoria, BCV8W 2V2

Phone Numbers

Toll-free: 1-800-277-9914
TTY: 1-800-255-4786

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This program was last updated on 06 Mar 2017.