DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Revenue and Taxation Division
PO Box 3000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Telephone: 1-800-669-7070

New Brunswick Low-Income Seniors’ Benefit

To assist low-income seniors in New Brunswick, the government offers an annual benefit to qualifying applicants.

To qualify for the 2016 annual benefit of $400 the applicant must have been a resident of New Brunswick on December 31, 2015 and a recipient of a benefit under the Old Age Security Act (Canada), notably:

  • The Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) during 2015 (must be 65 years or older) or
  • the Federal Allowance for the Survivor during 2014 (must be between 60-64 years old) or
  • the Federal Allowance during 2015 (must be between 60-64 years old).
  • Important: Persons in receipt of a Federal allowance who are under the age of 60 do not qualify for this benefit.

Where both spouses receive the GIS and reside in the same household, only one $400.00 benefit will be granted. However, where spouses live separately (for example, one residing in a nursing home), both will be eligible for the benefit.

Application forms will be available online and the Department of Finance will begin to issue payments after April 1, 2016. To access the application for the 2016 benefit, go to Visit the website. Forms can also be obtained by visiting any Service New Brunswick Center.

Should you require further information on this program, please contact the Department of Finance, Revenue and Taxation Division at 1-800-669-7070.

If you do not currently receive the GIS or one of the other federal benefits and would like more information, please contact the federal Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada at:

1-800-277-9914 for service in English, or 1-800-277-9915 for service in French.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Maintain a principal place of residence within New Brunswick at the time of application (either a house, an apartment, or a living unit that is a self-contained domestic establishment with its own access and contains a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping facilities);
  • Have had a total family income (applicant and spouse or common- law partner) of $28,000 or less in 2014.
  • Be a resident of New Brunswick as of December 31, 2014 and have filed a 2014 New Brunswick Income Tax Return.
  • Provide a copy of an electricity bill for your home dated after November 1, 2015. If electricity costs are included in your rent, provide the name and telephone number of your landlord at the time of application.

The department of Finance will process the applications and issue the benefit to qualifying applicants. In special circumstances where the total family income for 2014 was over $28,000 and the expected total family income will be $28,000 or less for 2015 (example: loss of employment or other reasons), an applicant may still be eligible for the benefit.

Application forms will be available January 2016. When submitting their applications, applicants must provide information on their total family income, and a copy of a recent electricity bill (dated after November 1, 2015). Only one benefit per household (address) will be provided.

Application forms will also be available January 2016 at Service New Brunswick centres, online at www.snb.ca or by calling the department of Finance at 1-800-669-7070.

It is important to note that the deadline to apply for the 2016 benefit is June 30, 2016.

For more information on this program, please contact the department of Finance, Revenue and Taxation Division at 1-800-669-7070, Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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