Government of Canada introduces legislation to support low-income seniors who received pandemic benefits

Government of Canada introduces legislation to support low-income seniors who received pandemic benefits

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GATINEAU, QC, February 8, 2022

GATINEAU, QC, February 8, 2022 /CNW/ – As the global pandemic continues in Canadathe government will continue to support vulnerable low-income seniors experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

the Canada The Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canadian Recovery Benefit (CRB) were intended to support people who lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic. However, the government recognizes that some Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Allowance recipients may face lower benefit payments due to the income they received from CERB and CRB.

As announced in the Economic and Fiscal Update, the government will provide up to $742.4 million for single payments. These payments will ease the financial hardship of seniors who qualified and received CERB and CRB in 2020 but later saw it count as income and impact their GIS or CRB benefits. allocation. This automatic, one-time payment will support those who have suffered a loss of GIS or allowance by compensating them for the full amount of the annualized loss. Seniors would not have to do anything to receive the one-time payment.

To prevent this problem from happening again, from Canada minister of seniors, Kamal Khera, introduced Bill C-12 in Parliament today. Bill C-12 would change the Old Age Security Act to exclude any income received under the CERB, CRP, Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit, Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and Canada Lockdown Workers Benefit for the purposes of calculating the amount of the GIS and the Allowance payable from July 2022.

The government will continue to provide support to seniors who need it most.


“Low-income seniors should not be penalized for accessing the income support they needed during the pandemic crisis. We will fully compensate seniors who are now facing financial hardship due to receiving pandemic benefits in 2020. And, because we don’t want seniors to face this again, I have filed a bill to provide an important legislative solution so that pandemic benefits do not affect their GIS or allowance amounts in the future. Canada continues to demonstrate its commitment to seniors who have greater financial needs through concrete actions. »
minister of seniors, Kamal Khera

Fast facts

  • Seniors are the fastest growing demographic age group in Canada. Canada. By 2030, the number of older people is expected to reach 9.4 million, nearly a quarter of the from Canada population.

  • Every year, tens of thousands of seniors see their Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) increase or decrease to take into account variations in their net income. This design ensures that the benefits flow to the most vulnerable older people. As GIS benefits are calculated based on the previous year’s income, any change in income in a given year will result in an adjustment of GIS benefits in the following payment period from July to June.

  • The targeted one-time payment is proposed to be paid to approximately 183,000 GIS recipients and 21,000 Allowance recipients who received pandemic benefits in 2020 and faced a reduction or loss of benefits of the GIS in July 2021.

  • The single payment will be calculated to compensate for the loss of benefits. Further details on the calculation and distribution of the proposed one-time payment will be announced shortly.

  • Seniors will not have to do anything to receive the one-time payment. They will automatically receive payment the same way they receive their GIS payments.

  • Since 2015, the government has provided supports for seniors, such as:

Related links

Bill C-12: An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (guaranteed income supplement)
2021 Economic and Financial Update
Programs and services for seniors
Minister Khera announces one-time payment
Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors
Prime Minister announces support for vulnerable Canadians affected by COVID-19

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