Income Assistance Service Delivery
Seniors Income Plan (SIP)
The Seniors Income Plan provides senior citizens with the financial assistance required to meet their basic needs. A monthly supplement is provided to seniors who have little or no income other than the federal Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
For further information contact:
In Regina, call: 306-787-2681
Who is eligible?
You are eligible to receive the Seniors Income Plan benefits if:
Excluding the federal Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement, how much taxable income can I have before I am not eligible for SIP?
The table below shows the maximum SIP benefit seniors can receive and the taxable income levels (excluding the federal Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement) where the SIP benefit becomes $0, based on client category. Effective July 1, 2013.
When determining eligibility, the allowable taxable income level cut-offs include all personal income that is taxable for income tax purposes, excluding the federal Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Income includes Canada Pension Plan benefits, bank interest, dividend payments, private pensions, wages over $3,500 per year and any other personal taxable income.
How do I apply for the Seniors Income Plan benefits?
No application is necessary. However, you must first apply for the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement. Eligibility for the provincial benefit is then determined by the amount of your federal Guaranteed Income Supplement.
If you are entitled to the maximum Guaranteed Income Supplement, you are also entitled to the maximum Seniors Income Plan benefit. An increase in your income will lower your Guaranteed Income Supplement entitlement with a similar corresponding reduction in your Seniors Income Plan benefit.
What is considered income?
All personal income that is taxable for income tax purposes, regardless of whether or not you pay income tax. This includes: Canada Pension Plan payments, bank and bond interest, dividend payments, private pensions and wages, but does not include the Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement. Assets are not considered in determining eligibility.
How much is the Seniors Income Plan payment?
The Seniors Income Plan (SIP) payment is determined by the amount of income reported on applications for the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and/or previous year's income tax returns. The rates effective July 2013 are:
Can seniors receive Seniors Income Plan benefits if they reside in long term care facilities?
Seniors receiving Level 2, 3 or 4 care in special care homes or hospitals may be eligible to receive a maximum of $50.00 to a minimum of $5.00 per month providing they meet the eligibility criteria.
Am I entitled to benefits if I move out of the province?
No. You are only entitled to Seniors Income Plan benefits for the month in which you leave the Province.
Whom should I notify if I change my address?
A temporary or permanent change of address should be reported to the Winnipeg Processing Centre at:
Or, if you prefer, call the toll free number at 1-800-277-9914 (English) or 1-800-277-9915 (French).