Government Benefits for Seniors

The following will display all programs and benefits available to Canadian Seniors. For more information about each program please contact the appropriate office listed below the program.

Lived or Living Outside Canada – Pensions and Benefits
The International Benefits program may provide retirement, disability or survivor benefits to eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country, or the surviving spouse, common-law partner or children of eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-454-8731
  • Ottawa: 613-957-1954
  • TTY: 1-800-255-4786
Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODB)
This program grants benefits to eligible persons to assist with the cost of prescription drugs.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-866-532-3161
  • Telephone: 416-326-1234
  • TTY: 1-800-387-5559
  • TTY (Toronto): 416-327-4282

Required Documentation:

  • Health Card
Long-Term Care Homes
Long-Term Care Homes provide a place for seniors to live, and offer many support services. They are often the right choice for seniors who need help with the activities of daily living, and who may need access to 24-hour nursing care and supervision in a secure setting.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-866-532-3161
  • Telephone: 416-314-5518
  • TTY: 1-800-387-5559
Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit

The Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit helps low- to moderate-income individuals 18 years of age and older, and families, with the sales tax they pay on energy and with property taxes.

Contact Information

  • Telephone: 1-866-668-8297
  • TTY: 1-800-263-7776
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Retirement Pension
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Retirement Pension provides a monthly taxable benefit to retired contributors.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-277-9914
  • TTY: 1-800-255-4786

Application:

Allowance Program
Allowance is a monthly benefit for low-income seniors (aged 60-64) whose spouse or common-law partner is eligible for, or currently receiving, the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Contact Information:

Application:

Additional Information:

  • Apply up to 12 months before your 60th birthday.
  • If you have already reached the age of 60, send your application as soon as possible.
Senior Homeowner’s Property Tax Grant
This tax grant is an annual amount provided to help offset property taxes for seniors with low and moderate incomes who own their own homes.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-866-668-8297
  • TTY: 1-800-263-7776

Application:

Community Care Access Centres
Community Care Access Centres coordinate services for seniors, people with disabilities and people who need health care services in the community to help them live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Staff at the centres provide information and coordinate professional, personal support and homemaking services for people living in their own homes and for school children with special needs, and make arrangements for admission to long-term care facilities.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-866-532-3161
  • Telephone: 416-314-5518
  • TTY: 1-800-387-5559
Guaranteed Annual Income System for Seniors
This system provides a monthly income supplement to seniors (aged 65 and over) who receive full or partial Old Age Security and/or Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits and whose income falls within provincial guidelines.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-866-668-8297
  • TTY: 1-800-263-7776

To be eligible, you must also be receiving:

Additional Information:

  • No application is necessary.
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, your benefits will be determined automatically.
Provincial Land Tax Deferral Program for Low-Income Seniors and Low-Income Persons with Disabilities
Low-Income Seniors and Low-Income Persons with Disabilities may apply for a partial deferral of Provincial Land Tax and Education Tax. The tax deferral applies to the tax increase in the current year and not to outstanding taxes.

Contact Information:

  • Toll-Free: 1-866-400-2122
  • TTY: 1-888-321-6774

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