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Old Age Security Programs, Scarborough Area Office

Description & Services
Description (Service) Old Age Security (OAS) Monthly pension to legal residents of Canada 65 years and older, regardless of income or assets * full pension to those who have lived in Canada for at least 40 years after turning 18 * partial pension may be available

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) Monthly supplement for low income OAS recipients living in Canada

Allowance Monthly benefit for low income spouses (60-64 years) of GIS recipients * based on combined income of the couple

Allowance for the Survivor Monthly benefit for low income widowed spouses 60-64 years

Hours Recorded information service Mon-Sun 24 hours * Office Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm to speak to an agent
Dates All year
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility See description for age and other qualifications -- see website for further criteria * Canada has reciprocal social security agreements with many other countries -- see website for details.
Application OAS Automatic enrollment -- seniors who are eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a notification letter the month after they turn 64 * they do not have to apply for OAS 
Seniors not eligible for automatic enrollment must complete and mail an application form * can apply a maximum of 11 months before pension begins 
GIS -- OAS applicants can indicate on the OAS application form that they wish to apply for GIS * status will be reviewed each year when taxes are filed 
Allowance -- information will be sent to eligible seniors, based on information from the OAS application * status will be reviewed each year when taxes are filed 
Allowance for the Survivor -- see website for application information
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Contact Information
Toll Free Phone English 1-800-277-9914 ; French 1-800-277-9915
TTY Phone Toll free 1-800-255-4786
Located In Community Ontario
Mailing Address PO Box 5100 
Station D 
Scarborough, ON M1R 5C8
Accessibility Not Applicable
Other Details
Legal Status (40) Federal Government