Are there any citizen benefits after immigrating to Canada? Canada’s national welfare policies for citizens can be said to be well-known, and the “Immigration Paradise” by the majority of immigrants. What are the specific benefits?

 

  1. Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

If you have little or no income, you can apply for a monthly income security allowance. The income here needs to be calculated including pensions, living expenses, wages, unemployment insurance benefits, and workers’ compensation or benefits from other countries. The less your income, the more income security allowance you will receive.

If you are married, your spouse’s income will be taken into account when calculating the number of GIS you deserve. GIS must reapply every year.

 

  1. Spouse’s Allowance (SPA)

If you meet the following conditions, you can receive a spouse allowance, which is used as an additional allowance for couples who only depend on an old age protection pension for their livelihood:

  1. Between the age of 60 and 65, and a spouse is a person receiving advanced age protection.
  2. The total income does not exceed the prescribed amount.
  3. Have lived in Canada for at least 10 years after the age of 18. SPA must reapply every year. This allowance can continue to be paid until you remarry or reach the age of 65, even if your spouse dies.

 

  1. Tax Return

Canadian tax residents must file tax returns on time each year. For low income, this is another income. The government will refund GST / HST. Not only citizens and permanent residents, but also work permit holders and international students in Canada as long as they meet the requirements of tax resident can get a tax refund.

 

  1. Other benefits

There are many other benefits in Canada, some of which are local benefits. For example, Ontario’s “Healthy Smiles Ontario” provides free dental treatment to low-income families. Everyone knows how expensive it is to see a tooth in Canada!

 

After the free education for all, the government will provide tuition fee reductions and interest-free student loans according to the different family situations of students. And people who work in Canada know how exaggerated tax payment is. Many people complain that the first half of the year’s income can’t be paid into their pockets! This is because Canada levies taxes on high-income earners subsidizes low-income earners, and tries to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. So everyone can be treated for the sick and depend on the elderly.

 

Source: Canadian Times, Daily Headlines

 

Further reading:

Are there any citizen benefits after immigrating to Canada? (1)

Are there any citizen benefits after immigrating to Canada? (2)

Are there any citizen benefits after immigrating to Canada? (3)

 

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Details of Canada’s lifeboat plan announced in June this year

Stream A: In-Canada graduates.

Applicants must have graduated from a post-secondary designated learning institution in Canada

  • in the 3 years before you apply
  • with one of the following:
    • a diploma (not graduate or post-graduate) for a program of at least 2 years
    • a degree (associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral)
    • a graduate or post-graduate diploma or certificate for a program of at least 1 year and
  • with at least 50% of your program completed in Canada (either in person or online)

 

Stream B: Canadian work experience

Applicants must have graduated in the 5 years before you apply with one of the following:

  • a diploma (not graduate or post-graduate) for a program of at least 2 years, or a degree (for example, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or a doctorate) from a post-secondary designated learning institution in Canada
  • a graduate or post-graduate diploma or certificate for a program of at least 1 year from a post-secondary designated learning institution in Canada
  • a foreign educational credential equivalent to one of the following:
    • a Canadian post-secondary diploma (not graduate or post-graduate) for a program of at least 2 years
    • a Canadian post-secondary degree
    • a Canadian graduate or post-graduate diploma or certificate for a program of at least 1 year
  • have worked in Canada for at least 12 months full time, or an equal amount of part-time hours in the 3 years before you apply.

 

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