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Seniors Income Plan (SIP)


All Income Assistance clients will continue to receive their benefits.

Effective March 19, 2020, Income Assistance has lessened reporting requirements across all of its programs. This means that if a client is late reporting certain information, Income Assistance will still process the payment so that the client receives it on or before April 1, 2020. This is a temporary measure in place to respond to the current situation.

If you need assistance, you can apply online at saskatchewan.ca/income-support. If you can't apply online or if you need immediate help, please call the Client Service Centre at 1-866-221-5200 or your local Income Assistance office. We ask for your patience, as we are getting a very high number of calls.

A "call back" option is typically available between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. without clients losing their place in the queue.

To minimize in-person contact, please do not come into our offices unless it is an emergency and you are unable to call your worker, or you are asked to come in.

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


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 April 1, 2018

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 $10,320.00
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 $ 7,872.00
Married - Spouse receiving Allowance $ 50.00 $ 1,824.00

SIP recipients with active basic Saskatchewan Health coverage are eligible for a variety of additional health benefits including:

  • One eye examination in each 12-month period.
  • A reduced semi-annual deductible under the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits.
  • Loan of some low-cost devices through Saskatchewan Abilities Council.
  • Supplementary health benefits for Seniors Income Plan recipients living in special care homes.
  • Please note that health coverage for Status Indian (as defined by the Indian Act) SIP recipients is covered by Health Canada. For more information please call 1-866-885-3933.

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.

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.

4. Further Information

Related materials for seniors can be found in the Publications Centre.

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