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.
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.
Apply for the Allowance for the Survivor
- Submit your application between 6 and 11 months before your 60th birthday.
- Prepare the following documents:
- Complete the Guaranteed Income Supplement or Statement of Income for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor application form (ISP-3025)
- Complete the Application for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor form (ISP-3008)
- Include certified true copies of the required documentation
- Mail these documents to the nearest Service Canada office.
- 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).