Seniors 75 & over will receive extra OAS payment in August

Natalie LeBlanc |

Canada's Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte, announced in July that seniors who are eligible for an Old Age Security (OAS) pension as of June 2021 and who are 75 years old or older by June 30, 2022, will receive a one-time Old Age Security (OAS) payment of $500 some time during the week of August 16, 2021. 

This extra payment wasn’t entirely unexpected as the Liberal government announced in the spring it would be raising OAS amounts for seniors over 75. Payments will increase by 10% as of July 2022. As well, OAS payments are reviewed quarterly and as of this quarter, beginning July 2021, payments will increase by 1.3% in an attempt to keep pace with inflation. 

How much will your new OAS payment be?

For example, if you currently receive $600 in OAS, you will instead receive $607.80 in July 2021. If you are over 75 by July 2022, you will receive at least $668.58 in July 2022. This could even increase, depending on the outcomes of upcoming quarterly reviews.

The increased (and, in many cases, much-needed) income should help seniors offset the increasing cost of living. Because the program is intended for low-income seniors, if your annual income is above $79,054, however, your OAS payments will be less than the maximum amount of $626.49.

That being said, August’s $500 payment is certainly welcome by all eligible seniors, whether you'll enjoy some leisure spending or add to your savings. 


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