Common Questions

Who can get the full old age security pension?

The old age security (OAS) pension is a monthly benefit available to most Canadians 65 years of age or older who have lived in Canada for at least 10 years.

Good starting points include:

  • When I'm 64: Benefits, from the People's Law School and BC Centre for Elder Advocacy & Support, provides information about the old age security pension, including who is eligible for the full OAS pension.
  • Old Age Security Pension, from the federal government, provides information about who is eligible for old age security pension and how to apply. It includes a link to the OAS program toolkit with more details.

Need more help?

  • Service Canada, from the federal government, can help you with information about government benefits, including the old age security pension. Call 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) or find a Service Canada Centre near you.
  • Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding your rights and government benefits.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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Last reviewed July 2018
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