I would like to reply to the guest opinion titled 'Island seniors deserve better,' by Lloyd Pickering of Kensington which appeared in The Guardian 28/07/2018.
Mr. Pickering, you stated that Canada should pay a guaranteed income for seniors of $1,400 to $1,500 per month.
Are you aware that with the federal Old Age Pension and Old Age Supplement, seniors already receive approximately $1,500 per month? If you receive also receive Canada Pension, your supplement will be scaled back somewhat. We are all guaranteed a minimum of $1,500 per month from the federal government at the age of 65.
Some Canadians are unaware that they must apply for Old Age Supplement in the year before they turn 65. By doing so, they will receive their first Supplement payment on the day they get their first Old Age payment.
If you are over 65 and not presently receiving the Old Age Supplement, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency to apply.