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Old Age Security Programs, Scarborough Area Office

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Record #: NIA1564 Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 Last Full Update: 16 Oct 2014
Category Links to Other Records
Older Adult Categories - NiagaraFinancial - Pensions ; FINANCIAL (ALL)
Location, Telephone & Internet
Toll Free PhoneEnglish 1-800-277-9914 * French 1-800-277-9915
TDD PhoneToll free 1-800-255-4786
Located In CommunityScarborough
Contact Information
Mailing AddressPO Box 5100 
Station D 
Scarborough, ON M1R 5C8
Description & Services
DescriptionOld Age Security (OAS) Monthly pension to persons 65 or over regardless of income or assets* must be a legal resident of Canada for at least 40 years to receive full pension Also * must be a Canadian citizen or a legal resident at the time OAS is approved* have resided in Canada for at least 10 years after turning 18 OR * if living outside Canada must have been a Canadian citizen or legal resident of Canada on the day you left Canada * have resided in Canada for at least 20 years after turning 18 If neither of the above scenarios applies a person may still qualify for an Old Age Security pension from another country, from Canada, or from both countries if you have: *lived in one of the countries with which Canada has established a social security agreement, or *contributed to the social security system of one of the countries with which Canada has established a social security agreement

Old Age Security Identification Card Sent automatically to OAS recipients * may be used to cash pension cheques or as proof of age for senior discounts * no official standing as identification

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) Supplement added monthly to Old Age Security for those with limited or no income * amount of supplement is adjusted quarterly * reapply when income taxes are filed (end of April) * not payable outside Canada beyond a period of six months regardless of how long the person lived in Canada

Allowance (formerly Spouse's Allowance) Monthly allowance for spouses or common-law partners 60-64 years of Old Age Security pensioners receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement * based on combined income of the couple * allowance is adjusted quarterly * residence requirements * proof of age required * reapply when income taxes are filed (end of April)

Allowance for Survivors (formerly Widowed Spouses Allowance) Monthly allowance for widowed spouses or common-law partners 60-64 years * death, marriage and applicant's birth certificate required * based on limited or no income * deceased spouse need not have received Old Age Security * apply when income taxes are filed (end of April)

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HoursTelephone Service Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm to speak to an agent
DatesAll year
Areas ServedOntario
EligibilitySee description for age and other qualifications * Canada has reciprocal social security agreements with many other countries -- see website for details.
ApplicationApply 6 months before becoming eligible * application forms available online, by phone or in person at Service Canada sites -- see separate entries.
LanguagesEnglish ; French
Other Details
Public BulletinIf you are calling from a country other than Canada or the United States you can contact the OAS office at 1-613-957-1954 (collect calls accepted). If you are experiencing difficulties in contacting the office, please contact your Canadian Embassy or Consulate for information on how to reach the local office.
Other Links for Searching
Service CategoriesAllowance for the Survivor Program ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Identification Cards ~ Old Age Security Program ; Old Age Security Program ; Spouse's Allowance