Canada. Service Canada

Old Age Security Program

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Record #: OAK0207 Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 Last Full Update: 03 Jun 2013 Update Schedule: 01 Jun 2014
Record Owner: OAK Date Created: 02 Oct 2003 Date Deleted: N/A  
Organization Info
Alternate NameOAS
Former NameHuman Resources and Skills Development ; Income Security Programs
Location
Located In CommunityHalton Region
Mailing AddressPO Box 1500 
Station D 
Scarborough, ON M1R 5C8
Areas ServedHalton Region ; Peel Region
Wheelchair AccessibilityFully Accessible
Hours/Dates/Meeting Details
HoursToll-free telephone service agent Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm; 
Automated Telephone Information System 24 hours
Contact Information
Toll Free Phone1-800-277-9914 
 
TTY Phone1-800-255-4786
Websitewww1.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/isp/pub/oas/oas.shtml
Description & Services
DescriptionThe Old Age Security program is one of the cornerstones of Canada's retirement income system and is financed by Government of Canada tax revenues. 
 
Benefits include:  
* basic Old Age Security pension * Guaranteed Income Supplement * the Allowance  
* benefits are adjusted for increases in the cost of living as measured by the Consumer Price Index 
 
* a monthly benefit available to most Canadians 65 years of age or over * residence requirements must be met * employment history is not an eligibility factor * applicant does not need to be retired 
 
* pensioners pay federal and provincial income tax * higher income pensioners also repay part or all of their benefit through the tax system * amount of a person's pension is determined by how long he or she has lived in Canada 
 
The pension is not paid automatically * must apply for the benefit, ideally six months before turning 65 
Local offices for further information: 
Burlington Service Canada Office 
Georgetown Service Canada Office 
Milton Service Canada Office 
Oakville Service Canada Office 
Broader TermsFinancial programs ; Financial services ; Government
SubjectsFederal government ; Financial programs ; Old age security
Related TermsArmed forces ; Census ; Crown land ; Government ; Immigration ; International affairs ; Subsidies
EligibilityAges: 65 year(s) and up 
 
Category 1: People living in Canada 
* you are 65 or older 
* you live in Canada and are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident at the time your pension is approved 
* you lived in Canada for at least 10 years after reaching age 18 
 
Category 2: People living outside Canada 
* you are 65 or older 
* you left the country and were a Canadian citizen or a legal resident of Canada the day before you left Canada 
* you lived in Canada for at least 20 years after reaching age 18 
 
* see website for more details
ApplicationPrint an application from the Service Canada website or call the toll free number to request that one be mailed to you. 
 
FeesNone
LanguagesEnglish ; French
Directory Description and Headings
Seniors Directory HeadingsGovernment Programs/ Pensions/ Financial Aid
Other Details
FundingFederal