Government Incentives and Covid News for Seniors~~May 28th

We promised as more information becomes available we would keep you informed. Our researcher has been busy finding the information that you may like to know.

Ontario Continues to Reopen

While Doug Ford is still moving forward to reopen the Ontario Economy, he has extended the state of emergency till June 9th. Certain business are being allowed to open as long as they follow the appropriate protective measures.

We will hear that registered health professional will start to open, when their offices are retrofitted with protective measures and/or protocols . This will include dentists, chiropractors, homeopaths, massage therapists, opticians, optometrists, etc.

How Does This Effect Us and Self Isolation? 

There has been uptick in the number of case in Ontario so they are still asking those over 70 or who have underline health conditions to continue to self isolate during this first few stages of reopening in Ontario.

If we are unable to self isolate, they ask that we continue to take special care when we are out. This includes, not gathering with anyone that does not live within our homes, maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask and keeping close tabs on our health. 

Are You Worried You Have Been Exposed?

  The Ontario Health System has made it possible for concern Ontarian to be tested. “No Ontarian who is symptomatic or who is concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 will be declined a test at an Assessment Centre.”

The CKHA Covid-19 Asssement Centre is accepting Patient Self-Referrals located at 47 Emma Street, next to the Chatham Site. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AND the last patient will be seen at 4:20 p.m. (An Appointment is necessary)

If you believe you have been in contact or have at least one symptoms you can book an appointment by clicking here or CKHA’s Registration at 519.352.6400 ext. 6548 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.  After hours and on weekends, patients can call CKHA’s Switchboard at 519.352.6400 ext. 6584.  

For additional information and list of symptoms Click here

One-Time Tax-Free Payment For Seniors

The Federal Government  one-time, tax-free payment of $300, for Old Age Security recipients, while those eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement will receive an additional $200.  It will be available to Seniors who are eligible to receive the Old Age Security pension or the Guaranteed Income Supplement in June 2020. While there has not been an official date of when we will see these payments it looks like it will be sometime in June.

There will be no need to apply for the tax free payment and it will be available to everyone who received Old Age Security and GIS that includes those receiving Allowance and Allowances for Spouses. This means couples who both receive Old Age Security and/or Guaranteed Income will receive Up To $1000

“The one-time payment for seniors is non-taxable. You will receive the full amount (no withholds). You will not receive a tax slip and you will not have to report this amount in your 2020 tax return.”

GIS and Allowance Extensions

The Government understands that the state of emergence we are in can hinder many of us from having access to send our 2019 income information out especially those in self isolation.

To ensure that the most vulnerable seniors continue to receive their benefits when they need them the most. The Government is is temporarily extending GIS and Allowance Payments for those who’s 2019 income information has not been assessed. To avoid any interruption in benefits, we are encouraged to submit our 2019 income information as soon as possible but no later than by October 1, 2020.


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