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Receive Financial Help for Seniors

The Seniors Income Plan (SIP) provides senior citizens with the financial assistance required to meet their basic needs.

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1. Benefits

A monthly supplement is provided to seniors who have little or no income other than the federal Old Age Security (OAS) pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

The table below shows the maximum SIP benefit seniors can receive and the taxable income levels (excluding the federal OAS pension and GIS) where the SIP benefit becomes $0, based on client category. *Effective July 1, 2014

Client Category - living at home      
Maximum SIP Benefit (monthly)
Annual Taxable Income Level where SIP becomes $0
Single Pensioner $270.00
$4,560.00
Married - Both Pensioners
$235.00
$7,440.00
Married - Spouse less than 60 years of age $270.00
$9,984.00
Married - Spouse Receiving Allowance
$270.00
$9,120.00
Client Category - living in Special Care Home
Maximum SIP Benefit (monthly)
Annual Taxable Income Level where SIP becomes $0
Single Pensioner $ 50.00
$   912.00
Married - Both Pensioners $ 50.00 $1,776.00
Married - Spouse less than 60 years of age  $ 50.00   $7,536.00
Married - Spouse receiving Allowance
$ 50.00
$1,824.00

Seniors receiving SIP benefits are also entitled to additional health benefits, such as:

  • One free eye examination in each 12 month period
  • Chiropractic services (maximum of 12 treatments per year)
  • Reduced Prescription Drug Plan semi-annual deductible
  • Home care subsidy
  • The free loan of lower-cost devices such as grab bars, raised toilet seats, bath seats, and canes through the Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living Special Needs Equipment Program.
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2. Eligibility

You are eligible to receive the Seniors Income Plan benefits if:

  • you are 65 years of age or older;
  • you are a permanent resident of Saskatchewan;
  • you receive full or partial OAS pension and GIS; and
  • you have annual income below a specified level.

What is considered income?

  • All personal income that is taxable for income tax purposes, regardless of whether or not you pay income tax. This can include: Canada Pension Plan payments, bank and bond interest, dividend payments, private pensions and wages.
  • This does not include the Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
  • Assets are not considered in determining eligibility.
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3. How to apply

  • Seniors must complete an initial application for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
  • The income you report on your GIS application (and/or previous year’s income tax return) determines your eligibility.
  • You will automatically receive Seniors Income Plan (SIP) benefits if you qualify.
  • If you are entitled to the maximum GIS, you are also entitled to the maximum SIP benefit. An increase in your income will lower the GIS entitlement and your SIP benefit.
  • Each year after that, the income reported on your income tax return determines your eligibility and the amount of the monthly federal and provincial supplements to be paid to  you.
  • Eligibility is reassessed each year in July.
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4. Further Information

Related materials for Seniors can be found on the Central Publications site.

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