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The Old Age Supplement is a monthly pension, which is available to most Canadians
over the age of 65. Below is a list of some of the more common questions that
people have about this pension. Our Clinic works in this area of the law.

We provide advice concerning rights to Old Age Security (OAS) and we obtain
information for the clients. It is rare that a matter goes to the Review Tribunal but we
would take that appeal, depending on the case.

Who is eligible to receive the Old Age Supplement?
There are two categories of people who are eligible to receive this pension:

Category 1 - Those who live in Canada

You are 65 or older.

You live in Canada and are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident at the time
your pension is approved.

You lived in Canada for at least 10 years after reaching age 18.

Category 2 - Those who live outside of Canada

You are 65 or older.

You left the country and you were a Canadian citizen or a legal resident of
Canada when you left.

You lived in Canada for at least 20 years after reaching age 18.

How do I get the Old Age Supplement?
To begin receiving this pension, you must make an application to Service Canada six months before your 65th birthday. The application kit can be downloaded from
Human Resource Development Canada's website or you can ask that it be mailed to
you by calling 1-800-277-9914.

Although you can apply for the Old Age Security Pension after you have turned 65, it
is important to remember that you cannot receive more than 12 months of retroactive
payments.

What are the details of the Old Age Supplement?
If you have lived in Canada for at least 40 years since turning 18, you will be entitled
to a full pension. If you have lived in Canada for less, time you may still qualify for a
full pension or you may qualify for a partial pension. For more information about
your particular situation, you can contact Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914.

Most people will receive their first monthly payment the month after their 65th
birthday.

Pension payments will be increased annually to reflect the cost of living.

Can I appeal decisions I do not agree with?
Yes. If you have been turned down for the Old Age Supplement or you are not
receiving a full pension, you should contact Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914 for
an explanation of the decision. If you are not satisfied with the explanation, you can
ask for a reconsideration of the decision. This request must be made in writing,
within 90 days, to the Regional Director of Income Security Programs. You should
include the following information in your appeal letter:

Your name, address, telephone number and Social Insurance Number or Old
Age Security Number
Your reasons for appealing including any facts to support your position
All information that supports your appeal
The date you received the denial letter
Your signature or that of your representative

If you are not satisfied with the Regional Director’s response, you can appeal the
decision to the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals. You should
submit a letter similar to the one described above.

Click here for additional information about appealing a decision.
Download the Old Age Security
Pension Application -
click here.
Visit the Service Canada website for
a list of Frequently Asked Questions
about the Old Age Security Pension.
Appeals must be filed
within 90 days
of receiving notice
of a decision
What I should know about the Old Age Supplement
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