Additional Support for Canadian Seniors
On May 12, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a series of additional measures to help Canadian seniors and provide them with greater financial security. These measures include:
- Expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) by offering 2019-2020 NHSP community-based recipients the flexibility to use their approved funding for activity expenditures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Providing additional financial supports to seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS); and
- Temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed
Please consult the Prime Minister’s announcement for further details.
Information on financial supports and other COVID-19-related matters in multiple languages
As some communities are asking to receive COVID-19 information about financial supports in their language, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship has translated 10 questions and answers about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) into multiple languages so that people can get the information they need, in the language they are most comfortable with. This link also includes some information regarding the Canada Child Benefit in 10 common languages other than English and French.
In addition to this, the Public Health Agency of Canada also has a list of resources related to COVID-19, many of which are available in multiple languages. Fact sheets, infographics and videos with key public health advice on COVID-19 are added and updated regularly.