Programs and Services

Allowance Program (for Partners of Seniors)

  • Financial Assistance

The Allowance provides money for low-income seniors who meet the following conditions:

  • your spouse or common-law partner (same sex or opposite sex) receives or is entitled to receive the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement;
  • you are 60 to 64 years old;
  • you are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident at the time your Allowance is approved or when you last lived here; and
  • you have lived in Canada since age 18 for at least 10 years
  • your annual income (or in the case of a couple, your combined income) is less than the maximum annual income. If you have not lived in Canada since age 18 for at least 10 years, you may still qualify for a partial benefit. Canada has social security agreements with many countries. If you have lived in one of these countries or contributed to its social security system, you may qualify for a pension from that country, from Canada or from both countries. See International Benefits for more information

For more information:

Phone: 1-800-277-9914 (English Toll-free), 1-800-277-9915 (French Toll-free), 1-800-255-4786 (TTY)

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Disclaimer: The MS Society is an independent, voluntary health agency and does not approve, endorse or recommend any specific product or therapy but provides information to assist individuals in making their own decisions. For specific information and advice, please consult your personal physician. Read our full privacy policy.

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