Senior’s Supplement

Overview

The Senior’s Supplement is a provincial top-up to the federal Old Age Security (OAS)/Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payment.  The Senior’s Supplement ensures a conditionally guaranteed minimum income level for residents of BC and is paid to low-income residents of BC who are 65 years of age and older and who are receiving OAS/GIS or federal Allowance (formerly Spouse’s Allowance). 

The Senior’s Supplement is available under the Employment and Assistance Regulation.

Policy

Effective: September 11, 2006

The Senior’s Supplement is a provincial top-up to the federal payment and is authorized under the Employment and Assistance Regulation.  The supplement is paid on a monthly basis to low-income residents of BC over 65 years of age who are receiving Old Age Security (OAS)/Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or federal Allowance (formerly Spouse’s Allowance).  [see Additional Resources – Senior's Supplement Frequently Asked Questions]

For eligible individuals, the Senior’s Supplement is effective the month following the receipt of notification from federal authorities that the OAS/GIS or federal Allowance is in effect.

Permanent residents of British Columbia can leave the province for up to six months and continue to be eligible for and receive the Senior’s Supplement during this period.

Effective: October 19, 2005

Seniors in receipt of federal Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement will receive the Senior’s Supplement automatically, provided their Guaranteed Income Supplement rates make them eligible.  The Senior’s Supplement is also paid automatically to persons 60-64 years of age who are eligible, in receipt of the federal Allowance, and married to an Old Age Security pensioner.  Seniors do not have to apply.

 

Effective: October 19, 2005

Senior’s Supplement rates are based upon income declared to the federal Canada Revenue Agency or declared on the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement application if a senior is required to complete one.  The maximum rate is $49.30 per single senior and $120.50 for senior couples. [For information on how the Senior’s Supplement is calculated, see Rate Tables: Senior’s Supplement.]

Effective: August 8, 2008

As calculation for the Provincial Senior’s Supplement is based on information received from Service Canada (Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement) once a month, any changes reflected on an individual’s previous federal entitlement requires communication between Service Canada (OAS/GIS) to establish eligibility for retroactive payment of the Senior’s Supplement benefits.  Senior’s Supplement Program Specialists regularly communicate with Service Canada (OAS/GIS) to verify information and adjudicate any retroactive entitlements. Retroactive payments are calculated and paid according to eligibility for the 12 month period prior to enrolment with the senior supplement program. Any underpayment or adjustment made to a client file will be automatically added to their following months regular supplement benefit, a letter will follow to explain the corresponding adjustment.