Thursday June 30, 2016
Single seniors to recieve top-up in July
Employment and Social Development Canada/Voice file photo
peaking to seniors at the Manoir Sully (Résidences des Bâtisseurs) in Quebec today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthen income security for lower-income seniors by announcing that starting in July, Canada's most vulnerable single seniors will receive an increase to their Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) top-up.
"Our government is working hard to grow the bottom line for Canadians who need our support. Everyone deserves to live with dignity and respect—especially our seniors. The increase to the GIS top-up benefit reaffirms our commitment to lifting Canadians out of poverty, strengthening public pensions and improving the quality of life for seniors, said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in a release on Thursday.
Public pensions are an important part of the retirement income of Canadians, particularly for lower-income single seniors who face a high risk of living in poverty. In Canada, the vast majority of low-income seniors are single and live alone; a significant portion of this group are also women. By increasing the GIS top-up by up to $947 annually, the Government of Canada will improve the financial security of about 900,000 vulnerable seniors.
Increasing the GIS top-up is only one of the many enhancements announced by the Government of Canada that will help improve quality of life for seniors. Additional measures include: