Ontario. Ministry of Finance - Northern Ontario

Site: Ontario. Ministry of Finance

Service: Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System

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Description & Services
Public Comments Benefits are based on information the Ministry receives from Employment and Social Development Canada and information on an individual's income tax return. 
Individuals who want to set up direct deposit for their GAINS payment can call Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914 (press 0 to speak with an agent), or do so on the website
Description (Service)
  • Ensures a guaranteed minimum income for Ontario seniors 
  • Provides monthly payments to qualifying seniors in addition to their Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Algoma District ; Cochrane District ; Kenora District ; Manitoulin District ; Nipissing District ; Rainy River District ; Sudbury District ; Thunder Bay District ; Timiskaming District
Eligibility Ages: 65 year(s) and up 
Individuals must: 
  • Be a resident of Ontario 
  • Receive the federal Old Age Security (OAS) and federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments 
  • Have lived in Ontario for the past 12 months, or for a total of 20 years since turning 18 
  • Have 10 or more years of Canadian residency 
  • Have a total income from all sources that is below the level guaranteed by the province
  • No application is necessary 
  • If an individual meets the eligibility requirements, benefits will be determined automatically
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 1-866-668-8297 (1-866-ONT-TAXS)
TTY Phone 1-800-263-7776
Website www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/Credit/gains/index.html
Located In Community Northern Ontario
Address Northern Ontario
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Mailing Address c/o Director, Advisory, Objections, Appeals and Services Branch 
PO Box 699 
Station A 
33 King St W 
Oshawa, ON L1H 8H5
Physical Access Not Applicable
Other Details
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government
Funding Provincial