Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement (DGIS) is a financial benefit provided by the Government of Canada to eligible individuals with disabilities who are receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) pension. It is designed to provide additional income support to those who have low or modest income and have a disability that prevents them from working full-time.
1. Who is eligible to receive the Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement?
– To be eligible for the DGIS, you must be a recipient of the Old Age Security pension and have a disability that limits your ability to work full-time. Additionally, your income must be below the defined threshold set by the government.
2. How do I apply for the Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement?
– You can apply for the DGIS by completing the Application for the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Allowance (ISP-3025) form. This form can be obtained from a Service Canada office or downloaded from the official Government of Canada website. Submit the completed form along with required supporting documents.
3. Can I receive the Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement if I am already receiving other government benefits?
– Yes, you can still receive the DGIS even if you are receiving other government benefits, such as the Canada Pension Plan or Veterans Affairs benefits. The DGS will provide additional financial support to supplement your existing benefits.
4. How much money can I receive through the Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement?
– The amount of DGIS you can receive depends on various factors such as your marital status, income, and whether you have a spouse or common-law partner. The government sets the benefit rates each year, so it is advisable to check with Service Canada or their official website for the current rates.
5. Does the Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement have an asset limit?
– No, the DGIS does not have an asset limit. Your eligibility and benefit amount are determined based on your income and disability status rather than your assets.
6. How often will I receive payments from the Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement?
– Typically, the DGIS payments are made on a monthly basis. The payment is directly deposited into your bank account in the same manner as your other government benefits.
7. Can the Canada Disability Guaranteed Income Supplement be retroactive?
– Yes, the DGIS benefits may be retroactive. When you apply for the DGIS, you have the option to request retroactive payments for up to 11 months prior to the month of your application. However, eligibility criteria for retroactive payments must be met, and it is recommended to apply as soon as you become eligible to avoid missing out on potential retroactive benefits.