Old Age Security Information


The Old Age Security (OAS) pension under Service Canada is a monthly payment you can receive if you are 65 years old and older.


To be eligible for OAS:


If you are living in Canada, you must:

  • be 65 years old or older

  • be a Canadian citizen or a legal resident at the time we approve your OAS pension application

  • have resided in Canada for at least 10 years since the age of 18


If you are living outside Canada, you must:

  • be 65 years old or older

  • have been a Canadian citizen or a legal resident of Canada on the day before you left Canada

  • have resided in Canada for at least 20 years since the age of 18



If neither of the above scenarios applies to you, you may still qualify for the Old Age Security pension, a pension from another country, or from both countries if you have:

  • If you have lived or worked in Canada and in another country, you may be eligible for pensions and benefits from Canada and/or from the other country because of 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. If you have lived or worked in Canada and in another country, or you are the survivor of someone who has lived or worked in Canada and in another country, you may be eligible for pensions and benefits from Canada and/or from the other country because of a social security agreement.



What is a social security agreement?


A social security agreement is an international agreement between Canada and another country that is designed to coordinate the pension programs of the two countries for people who have lived or worked in both countries. Canada has signed social security agreements with a number of other countries that offer comparable pension programs.


The current monthly payment is $642 per month.


Service Canada recommends a person apply for OAS 6 months prior to their 65th birthday. That way the person has their OAS check at the end of the month when you turn 65.


Every Canadian resident should receive an OAS application package in the mail after you turn 64 years old. If you do not receive an application package before you turn 64.5 years old, contact Service Canada. Contact information is at the bottom of the page.


Other OAS benefit programs include:

  • Allowance

  • Allowance for the survivor

  • Guaranteed Income Supplement



For more information, choose one of the following options:

  1. Visit the Service Canada website at www.canada.ca or

  2. Call 1-800-277-9914 or

  3. Ask us to call you by submitting an online service request at https://eservices.canada.ca/en or

  4. In-person at the Service Canada office at 111 Water St East, suite 100 in Cornwall or

  5. Contact ACESS at 613 575-2626.

 


 

ACESS Contact:

Dan Garrow, Employment Officer

Phone: (613) 575-2626

Email: dgarrow@acessjobs.ca

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