You may be eligible for Allowance for the Survivor Benefits
Are you one of more than 15,000 British Columbians between the ages of 60 to 64 currently living as a widow or widower? If so, it is likely you are eligible to receive thousands of dollars in Allowance for the Survivor benefits provided by the Canadian government.
This benefit is only available for those who meet the criteria, and are currently between 60 to 64 years of age. Once you pass this period, you cannot get your money back.
How much do the Allowance for the Survivor Benefits pay?
These benefits pay up to $321.69 per month, and there may be thousands of eligible recipients not receiving this money simply because they didn’t know to apply for it. That means if you were to apply for this benefit as soon as you turn 60, you could potentially receive as much as $19,000 over the course of the benefit period.
The lawyers at Acumen Law Corporation recently received word that the Canadian government has been sending notices to those in this age group who may be eligible for these benefits.
In 2016, there were 15,330 residents in BC between the ages of 60-64 living under widow or widower status, but Government numbers show only 8,559 in this group are receiving the benefit.
How do I apply for the Allowance for the Survivor Benefits?
To apply for the Allowance for the Survivor Benefits, simply give us a call at 250-384-0100 and one of our lawyers will be happy to guide you through the process.
There are a few qualification requirements:
- You are between 60 and 64 years old
- You are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident
- You have lived in Canada for at least 10 years of your adult life
- You are a widow or widower who has not remarried or entered a common law relationship
- You earn less than $23,832 per year
We have heard from clients who were surprised they were eligible for the Allowance for the Survivor Benefits, but only discovered this after they were well into the eligibility period. This could potentially be thousands of dollars in lost benefits. It’s money that could support your expenses and provide a more comfortable living situation.
If you believe you are eligible for the benefit, don’t wait. Call us today. 250-384-0100. We offer free consultations to assess your case to determine if you are eligible for these benefits.