Federal funds are on the way for seniors struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s Seniors Minister Deb Schulte announced Monday that the government is providing tax-free, one-time payments to help all older Canadians on either old age security or the guaranteed income supplement.
“All seniors face additional costs,” she said, “so everyone on OAS will be receiving this cheque, and obviously our most vulnerable seniors will be receiving more.
“We could have done as we did with CERB, but then seniors would have had to have applied. That opens them up to vulnerabilities.
“It also means not all seniors that would be eligible may get it, because not everybody would apply.”
This week the federal government is issuing $2.5 billion in financial support for seniors due to #COVID19. Seniors eligible for OAS, GIS or the Allowances will automatically receive their special one-time tax-free payment. NO application is required. pic.twitter.com/3W84bnpCRD