To assist low-income seniors in New Brunswick, the government offers an annual benefit to qualifying applicants.
To qualify for the 2016 annual benefit of $400 the applicant must have been a resident of New Brunswick on December 31, 2015 and a recipient of a benefit under the Old Age Security Act (Canada), notably:
- The Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) during 2015 (must be 65 years or older) or
- the Federal Allowance for the Survivor during 2015 (must be between 60-64 years old) or
- the Federal Allowance during 2015 (must be between 60-64 years old).
Important: Persons in receipt of a Federal allowance who are under the age of 60 do not qualify for this benefit.
Where both spouses receive the GIS and reside in the same household, only one $400.00 benefit will be granted. However, where spouses live separately (for example, one residing in a nursing home), both will be eligible for the benefit.
Application forms are now available and the Department of Finance will begin to issue payments after April 1, 2016. To access the application for the 2016 benefit, click here. Forms can also be obtained by visiting any Service New Brunswick Center.
Should you require further information on this program, please contact the Department of Finance, Revenue Administration Division at 1-800-669-7070.
INQUIRIES RELATING TO FEDERAL BENEFITS
If you do not currently receive the GIS or one of the other federal benefits and would like more information, please contact the federal Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada at:
1-800-277-9914 for service in English, or 1-800-277-9915 for service in French.