Allowance for the Survivor

Introduction

The Allowance for the Survivor is a non-taxable monthly benefit for people aged 60 to 64 who have low income, who are living in Canada, and whose spouse or common-law partner has died.

The amount you receive depends on your previous year's income. For the January to March 2020 quarter, the maximum monthly payment amount is $1,388.92.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you:

  • are aged 60 to 64 (including the month you turn 65),
  • are a Canadian citizen or legal resident,
  • live in Canada AND have lived in Canada for at least 10 years since the age of 18,
  • have a spouse or common-law partner who has died and you have not remarried or entered into a common-law relationship, AND
  • have an annual income that is less than the maximum annual income limit.
How to apply

Apply for the Allowance for the Survivor

Notes

  • Service Canada will let you know in writing whether or not your application has been approved, or if more information is needed. 
    • If you disagree with the decision, you must make your request for reconsideration in writing within 90 days after you are notified in writing of the decision.
  • Remember to file your income tax and benefit return every year.
    • Your income information will be used to review your eligibility for the benefit. 
    • In July, you will get a letter letting you know whether you still qualify. 
    • If you still qualify, your benefit will be automatically renewed. 
  • Allowance for the Survivor stops the month after your 65th birthday.
    • This is when you may become eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and possibly the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Difficulty
Moderate Application
Tax filing
Yes
Jurisdiction
Topics
Family