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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
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.
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)

Programs of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, delivered by Service Canada.
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
Contact Information
Toll Free PhoneEnglish 1-800-277-9914 * French 1-800-277-9915
TDD PhoneToll free 1-800-255-4786
Located In CommunityScarborough
Mailing AddressPO Box 5100 
Station D 
Scarborough, ON M1R 5C8
Other Details
Service Level(40) Federal Government