Income Security Programs

NWT Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit

NWT Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit

The NWT Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit (SCSB) provides financial assistance to help low income NWT Seniors to pay for living costs. The program provides a monthly cash payment to low-income Seniors who are receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Spouse’s Allowance (SA) from the Federal Government.

 

What are the eligibility criteria for the NWT SCSB?

You are automatically eligible for the SCSB if you receive the federal Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), or the Federal spouse’s allowance.

How do I apply?

You must complete an initial application for the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement. Each year after that, the income reported through your income tax return determines eligibility and the amount of monthly federal GIS.

How much will I receive? 

The monthly amount of the SCSB has increased to $196.00 per month as of September 2017.

When will I receieve my payments each month?

Signing up for direct deposit will ensure payments are automatically deposited into your bank account on the third-from-last banking day of each month. Otherwise, the payment will be sent by mail, usually during the last three banking days of each month.

Will I receive a T5007 slip at the end of each year?

A T5007 slip will be issued to you if you receive SCSB benefits greater than $500.00 in the calendar year. The benefits are not taxable, but you are required to report this income when filing your taxes.