Ontario Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla tabled a bill in June 2009 that would
reduce to three years the eligibility requirements for senior
immigrants to collect OAS.
Right now, immigrants have to live in Canada for at least 10 years
before they’re eligible to collect OAS. But under Bill C-428 immigrants
would only have to live in Canada for three years to be eligible for
The proposed legislation would only give those immigrants a “partial” benefit after three years.
However, they would also be eligible for Canada’s Guaranteed Income Supplement if their income was low enough.
Combined, a low-income senior immigrant could be eligible for a
maximum $652.51 per month in OAS and GIS after living here for only
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, who is opposed to the bill,
said the proposed change would cost taxpayers $700 million a year.