The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) is an additional Old Age Security pension benefit paid to low-income seniors.
GIS payments are made every month, and the amount you receive is dependent on your income and that of your spouse or common-law partner.
This benefit is one of several others available to retired pensioners. Others include the Canada Pension Plan, Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), and workplace pensions.
This article covers the GIS payments dates in 2023, who qualifies, benefit amounts, and how to apply.
GIS Payment Dates in 2023
GIS payment dates in 2023 occur on:
- January 27, 2023
- February 24, 2023
- March 29, 2023
- April 26, 2023
- May 29, 2023
- June 28, 2023
- July 27, 2023
- August 29, 2023
- September 27, 2023
- October 27, 2023
- November 28, 2023
- December 20, 2023
These are the same dates for the OAS pension.
What is Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) in Canada?
As already noted, the Guaranteed Income Supplement is a retirement benefit offered to seniors who have a low income.
It is not tied to your employment, and like the OAS, you can receive GIS even if you haven’t worked in Canada.
Related: GST/HST Credits.
Eligibility for the GIS
To qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), you must be at least 65 years of age (or older) and a resident of Canada.
You must also qualify for the OAS and meet specific income thresholds as follows:
|Situation||Maximum Income Threshold|
|Single, widowed, or divorced||$20,832|
|Combined income with a spouse receiving full OAS pension||$27,552|
|Combined income with a spouse not receiving OAS pension||$49,920|
|Combined income with spouse receiving the Allowance||$38,592|
When you leave Canada for longer than 6 months, your GIS payments stop. They resume when you return to Canada.
How Much GIS Will I Get?
A single, widowed, or divorced GIS beneficiary can get up to a maximum of $1,026.96 per month. Those who have a spouse receiving the full OAS or Allowance can get up to $618.15 per month.
If your spouse does not receive the OAS, your GIS benefit is up to $1,026.96.
As your income exceeds the maximum thresholds, your GIS benefits are clawed back until it gets to $0.
GIS amounts are reviewed in January, April, and October to reflect increases in the cost of living.
Two other benefits are available under the GIS:
This is a monthly payment given to seniors aged 60 to 64 whose spouses are eligible for the GIS.
To qualify, you must reside in Canada, and your combined annual income must be less than $38,592.
The maximum monthly Allowance benefit in 2023 is $1,305.71 for the January to March 2023 period.
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Allowance for the Survivor
This monthly benefit is paid to seniors between the ages of 60 and 64 whose spouses have died.
To qualify, you must reside in Canada, and your annual income must be less than $28,080.
The maximum monthly Allowance for the Survivor benefit is $1,556.51 for the January to March 2023 period.
Related: Alberta Child and Family Benefit.
How To Apply For GIS
Seniors may be automatically enrolled in the GIS program along with the OAS.
If you don’t get a letter informing you that you have been enrolled or are already receiving OAS but not GIS, you may need to apply.
Documents required include:
- Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Information about your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable)
- Information about all the countries you have lived in since the age of 18
- When you want your payments to start
- Bank details for direct deposit
- Any reduction in employment or pension income
GIS applications can be submitted online using your My Service Canada Account, or you can complete the paper forms and mail them to Service Canada.
After your application is processed, a letter of decision is mailed to you and includes how much you will get each month, any amounts owed in arrears, and the date of your first payment.
If you disagree with the decision letter, you can file a reconsideration request within 90 days.
If you disagree with the reconsideration, further redress can be sought by filing an appeal with the Social Security Tribunal.
Is GIS Taxable?
GIS payments are not taxable.
The Allowance and Allowance for the Survivor benefits are also non-taxable.
To continue receiving GIS (if eligible), always file your taxes on time, and at the latest by April 30th every year.
Related: Average Income in Canada.
Guaranteed Income Supplement FAQs
How much is GIS in 2023?
The maximum monthly GIS benefit is $1,026.96 for the January to March 2023 period.
What are the OAS payment dates in 2023?
OAS is paid on the same date as the GIS. The OAS payment dates in 2023 are January 27, February 24, March 29, April 26, May 29, June 28, July 27, August 29, September 27, October 27, November 28, and December 20, 2023.
What is the minimum income to qualify for GIS?
You can receive GIS benefits even if you have no other income besides the OAS. Withdrawals from a TFSA do not count toward your taxable income and do not impact GIS eligibility.
Does GIS count as income?
GIS benefits are included on your income tax and benefit return; however, it is not taxed.
Can I work while receiving GIS?
Yes, if your income is less than $20,832, you can still qualify for GIS benefits.
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i am trying to find out if i will be recieving a GIS payment in July of 2022
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