Federal benefits for Canadian seniors

By Lennox Farrell Wednesday October 08 2014 in Opinion
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Is it a fact that the defining difference between an individual who is successful and one who is not – regardless of enterprise, ability or else – is that the successful person is the one who, on learning something new and apt, implements it pronto?


In considering details pertinent to finding information useful to you as a senior, only some database and links are included. You can find additional websites, phone numbers, and appropriate links to use. It’s assumed here, that not all seniors are on-point using computers; nor have at-hand help from others to get the questions they need to ask, the answers required, and where to find both. In later articles, info pertinent to students, parents, etc., will be explored.


In a previous article, some of the benefits available to seniors from the provincial government were explored. It should be noted that the different products to consider differ from province to province; and that there are, as well, eligibilities regarding age, residency status, income, physical abilities, disabilities, etc.


In addition, while most and possibly all of these documents are available free of charge, postal costs, and can be ordered in varying amounts, it might be more prudent, if you are in an organization, to order, not for every person, but for families, etc. Might it also be more productive to delegate someone to scope out, enquire and become an “authority” on the details contained in the products available and offered?


These benefits are also part of the Federal Government’s pledge – as other members of the United Nations also did – to meeting U.N. “Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”.


Summed up, these MDGs (eight in all), and dates for implementing (2015) range from

  • Halving extreme poverty rates;
  • Halting HIV/AIDS;
  • Providing universal primary education, etc.


Canada has been among those countries which were already implementing these objectives. The above are therefore more applicable in countries where poverty is generally endemic. Canada, however, is not poverty-averse. For more info, and for knowing the post-2015 development agenda, see https://www.un.org/millenniumgoals


For Canada’s Federal policies affecting seniors, here goes. Some of these details are available from The Canadian Seniors Policies and Programs Database (the SPPD), which can be located at www.seniors.gc.ca. Another contact is http://www.canadabenefits.gc.ca. The SPPD is a database of government policies and programs for which seniors are the primary beneficiaries. It was developed and is maintained by federal, provincial and territorial governments.


If you are unable to find answers you might need, visit the General Enquiries Section. In and outside Canada, call 1-800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232); toll-free, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., local time for services in English and in French.


However, among the answers possibly available to “Enquiries on Services and Programs” are those related to:

  • Apprenticeship Grants – Incentive & Completion; Toll-free: 1-866-742-3644;
  • (CPP Canada Pension Plan) – Retirement Pension, Disability Benefits, Death Employee Contact Centre Benefit, Children’s Benefits, Survivor’s Pension; Toll-Free: 1-800-277-9914; Callers outside Canada and the United States can call collect: 613-957-1954, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time;
  • All aspects for Record of Employment (ROE): 1-800-367-5693 for advice, guidance, technical support, report on hirings, temporary foreign workers (including seasonal agricultural workers), live-in caregivers. Within Canada and the United States: 1-800-367-5693; the Employer Contact Centre is available Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time. Callers outside Canada and the US can call collect: 506-546-7569, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Old Age Security (OAS): 1-800-277-9914, Old Age Security Pension, Allowance Program, Allowance for the Survivor, Guaranteed Income Supplement; 1-800-277-9914; Callers outside Canada and the US can call collect: 613-957-1954, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Social Insurance Number Toll-Free: 1-800-206-7218 (select option “3”)
  • Parents for Murdered or Missing Children; Federal Income Support: Toll-Free: 1-877-842-5601;
  • Employment Insurance Documents; Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits; Toll-Free: 1-800-206-7218
  • Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit 1-866-668 8297 helps low-moderate income individuals 18 and older, and families, with sales tax paid on energy/property taxes;


There are more benefits for seniors, much more. All you will need to expend is time, determination, ask questions, get clarifications, etc. If you seek the info as if you are trying to assist someone else, you might find the task more purposeful and productive. Begin today!


To be continued: Provincial and Federal benefits for Parents.    

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