To assist low-income seniors in New Brunswick, the government offers an annual benefit to qualifying applicants. Applications for the 2020 Low-income Seniors' Benefit will be available on April 1.
IMPORTANT: Due to the state of emergency announced on March 19 as a result of COVID-19, and to support physical distancing measures, eligible New Brunswickers are strongly encouraged to apply online.
Application form will not be available at Service New Brunswick Centres but individuals may apply online, or print the application, complete it and mail it to Finance and Treasury Board, Revenue Administration Division, PO Box 1900, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5G4.
The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2020.
To be eligible for the $400 benefit, a person must have been a resident of New Brunswick on Dec. 31, 2019, 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)
Please note: 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.
More information about the program, and on how to apply, is available from Finance and Treasury Board, 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.