10% increase to the Old Age Security pension for seniors aged 75 and older
Canadians are living longer than ever before. As they age, older adults tend to have lower incomes and often face higher health-related expenses because of the onset of illness or disability. This financial vulnerability is further compounded by fewer opportunities to supplement income with paid work and the risk of outliving personal savings. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to help make life more affordable for older Canadians by increasing the Old Age Security pension by 10% for pensioners aged 75 or older, starting this month. This means that full pensioners will get more than $800 extra over the first year.
I’ll be talking more about this during an event I am hosting in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, on July 21 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. To watch, please like or follow the Seniors in Canada Facebook page and tune in at the time of the event. You do not need to register in advance to watch online. I invite you to share this Facebook link within your networks.
Closing of the Age Well at Home calls for proposals
Did you know that the deadline for the Age Well at Home calls for proposals is this week, on July 22? The Age Well at Home initiative provides funding to eligible organizations that support low-income or vulnerable seniors to continue living safely, independently and comfortably in their own homes.
Organizations can apply for funding until July 22, through two streams:
- The In-Home Support Pilot Project stream, which provides funding to organizations to provide eligible volunteer-based services to help low-income and otherwise vulnerable seniors age in place. Eligible services can include light housekeeping, meal preparation, yard work, snow removal and more.
- The Scaling Up for Seniors stream, which provides funding for organizations to expand services that have already demonstrated positive results in helping older adults age in place.
Organizations can submit their proposals using the online application form until July 22, 3:00 pm (EDT).
Are you returning to Canada from abroad?
ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers entering Canada.
Before arriving in Canada, regardless of how long you’ve been away, you must submit your information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arriving at the border (by air or land). If you are arriving by cruise ship, you must submit your information within 72 hours before boarding.
ArriveCAN is available to download for free as a mobile app on your smartphone or online at Canada.ca/arrivecan.
- If you don’t have a smartphone or don’t have mobile data, you can sign into the website through a computer, laptop or tablet. You can also ask another person, such as a friend or relative, for help to submit your information. You should print or take a screenshot of your ArriveCAN receipt and bring it with you when you travel.
You are reminded to ensure you are using the latest version of ArriveCAN before submitting your mandatory information.
ArriveCAN is the only official Government of Canada platform that requires your mandatory contact, travel and health information before entering Canada. Recent improvements to the app are making it easier and faster to use:
- Travellers arriving at the Toronto Pearson or Vancouver airports are now able to save time by using the optional Advance CBSA Declaration feature in ArriveCAN to submit their customs and immigration declaration in advance of arrival. This option is available on the ArriveCAN mobile app and the web version, and it will be expanded to other airports in the coming months, including the Montréal-Trudeau airport.
- Frequent travellers are also encouraged to take advantage of the “saved traveller” feature in the ArriveCAN app. It allows a user to save travel documents and proof of vaccination information to reuse on future trips.
Find out how to create your ArriveCAN account, troubleshoot problems or contact us on the ArriveCAN help page.