Our federal government is taking action to provide financial relief to seniors who are facing significant health, economic and social challenges due to COVID-19, including:
Increased OAS, GIS, and GST payments
* These top-ups are automatic, and do not require any additional application.
311 Help for Seniors
Through funding from the federal government, and through partnership with the City of Winnipeg, the United Way Winnipeg, and many other community organizations, seniors needing help during these challenging times can call 311 for support. Concerned family members may also call on a vulnerable senior's behalf.
Support can include help with activities such as:
Reducing Minimum Withdrawals
To help preserve Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIF) assets during a volatile market, minimum withdrawals from RRIF's have been reduced by 25 percent for 2020.
Seniors with disabilities
Seniors with disabilities who were eligible for the one-time seniors payment announced on May 12, 2020 would be eligible for the one-time payment to persons with disabilities. In cases where they are eligible for both payments, individuals would receive a total amount of $600 as follows: