The Allowance is a benefit available to low-income individuals aged 60 to 64 who are the spouse or common-law partner of a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) recipient.
You qualify for the Allowance if you meet all of the following conditions:
-you are aged 60 to 64 (includes the month of your 65th birthday);
-your spouse or common-law partner receives an Old Age Security pension (OAS) and is eligible for the GIS;
-you are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident;
-you reside in Canada and have resided in Canada for at least 10 years since the age of 18; and
-you and your spouse or common-law partner’s annual combined income is less than the maximum allowable annual threshold.
You should apply for the Allowance 6 to 11 months before your 60th birthday and you must apply in writing. Complete and mail the Guaranteed Income Supplement or Statement of Income for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor application form (ISP-3025) for the payment year that applies to you along with the Application for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor form (ISP-3008).
Statement of Income for the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor (ISP-3025)
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Application for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor (ISP-3008)
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Information Sheet for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor
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