Seniors - Low-Income Seniors' Benefit
To assist low-income seniors in New Brunswick, the government offers an annual benefit to qualifying applicants.
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.
To qualify for the $400 annual benefit applicants must have been a resident of New Brunswick on Dec. 31st of the preceding year and a recipient of a benefit under the Old Age Security Act (Canada), notably:
• The Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) (must be 65 years or older), or
• the Federal Allowance for the Survivor (must be between 60-64 years old) or
• the Federal Allowance (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.
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 Social Development Canada at 1-800-277-9914 for service in English, or 1-800-277-9915 for service in French.
The deadline to apply is December 31, 2020.
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.