Guaranteed Income Supplement GIS Eligibility: Do You Qualify

The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) with direct deposit provides convenience and security for low-income senior residents of Canada. To be eligible, you must check the GIS eligibility before applying.

Note: The information provided below should be used as a guideline. We encourage you to allow a Service Canada representative to determine if you are eligible.

GIS Eligibility Do You Qualify

Here’s a breakdown of the most common and critical qualifications for receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) in Canada:

Essential Qualifications:

  • Age: 65 years or older.
  • Residency: Be a legal resident of Canada.
  • OAS Recipient: Must already be receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • Income Limitation: Your annual income (and your spouse/partner’s income, if applicable) must fall below specific thresholds. The thresholds vary depending on your marital status.

Factors Directly Affecting GIS Amounts:

  • Marital Status: Whether you’re single, married, or common-law directly impacts your income threshold and potential GIS payment.
  • Other Income: GIS calculations consider all sources of income, including pensions, investments, and employment earnings.

Important Things to Know:

  • Income Calculations: GIS is recalculated each year based on your previous year’s tax return.
  • Reporting Changes: You must inform the CRA of any income fluctuations or changes in marital status as they impact your GIS eligibility.
  • GIS Renewal: Isn’t automatic. You may need to re-apply if your situation changes to stay eligible.

Do you qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement

Consider applying for this benefit if you meet the following:

  • Age: You are at least 65 years old.
  • Residency: You currently live in Canada.
  • OAS Recipient: You already receive the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • Income Limits: Your annual income falls below the following thresholds, which depend on your marital status:
  • Single, Widowed, or Divorced: Less than $21,624
  • Married or Common-Law:
  1. Combined income under $28,560 if your partner receives the full OAS pension.
  2. Combined income under $51,840 if your partner doesn’t receive OAS.
  3. Combined income under $39,984 if your partner receives the Allowance.

Important Information for Immigrants Regarding GIS Eligibility

If you are a sponsored immigrant who has lived in Canada for less than 10 years since turning 18, there are limitations on receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS):

Generally Not Eligible: You typically cannot receive GIS while still under sponsorship.

Exceptions: Your sponsor might no longer be responsible for you financially if they:

  • File for personal bankruptcy
  • Face imprisonment for more than 6 months
  • Are convicted of abuse towards you
  • Die

Non-Sponsored Immigrants

Potential Eligibility: If you are a non-sponsored immigrant receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, you could be eligible for GIS. Standard income and residency requirements will apply.

Important Notes:

Precise figures may be subject to change. Verify the latest information on the Government of Canada’s website. The specific amounts you might receive depend on several factors, including your exact income level.

Allowance benefit for your spouse or common-law partner

Understanding the Allowance: Benefit for Your Spouse or Partner

The Allowance is a potential benefit for your spouse or common-law partner if you, yourself, qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). However, there are some crucial criteria:

Your partner must be:

  • Between the ages of 60 and 64.
  • Either a Canadian citizen or a legal resident of the country.
  • Able to demonstrate they’ve lived in Canada for a minimum of 10 years since turning 18.


  • Your combined household income needs to fall below a specific annual threshold to qualify for the Allowance.

Benefit for a surviving spouse or common-law partner

Considering the Allowance for the Survivor

The Allowance for the Survivor is a benefit designed for specific circumstances. Here’s what you need to know about eligibility:

Requirements for Receiving the Allowance for the Survivor:

  • Age: You must be between 60 and 64 years old.
  • Widowed Status: Your spouse or common-law partner passed away, and you haven’t remarried or started a new common-law relationship.
  • Income Restrictions: Your annual income falls below the maximum threshold established for the Allowance for the Survivor.

Where to Find the Latest Information

Government of Canada Website: The most reliable source for income limits, eligibility details, and the application process (

Service Canada: Contact them for personalized assistance at 1-800-277-9914.