FREDERICTON (GNB) – Online submissions for the 2018 Low-Income Seniors’ Benefit are now being accepted.

“Your government knows that many New Brunswick seniors rely on this support to supplement their income and to assist with household expenses or other necessities,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “We are happy to make the application process easier for seniors and their family members who apply on their behalf.”

About 43,000 seniors benefited from the program in 2017. The Department of Finance has already approved more than 29,500 applications this year. Those who have already applied in 2018 should not reapply.

To be eligible for the $400 benefit, a person must have been a resident of New Brunswick on Dec. 31, 2017, and have received one of the following federal benefits under the Old Age Security Act:

·         Guaranteed Income Supplement (65 years or older)

·         Allowance for Survivor Program (between 60 and 64 years old)

·         Allowance Program (between 60 and 64 years old)

“This is one of many programs available to help New Brunswickers,” said Rogers. “I encourage low-income seniors who have not already applied for the program to check their eligibility to see if they qualify for this benefit to help improve their financial security.”

Applications are available online and at Service New Brunswick centres. Applications completed by hand may be returned to the Department of Finance, Revenue Administration Division, PO Box 1900, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5G4. The last day to apply is Dec. 31.

People who have already applied should note that applications can take four to six weeks to be processed. For more information about the program, contact the Department of Finance, Revenue Administration Division, at 1-800-669-7070.