Seniors to receive COVID-19 emergency aid of up to $500 in July | CBC News

Seniors to receive COVID-19 emergency aid of up to $500 in July | CBC News

Seniors facing higher costs for groceries, transportation and prescriptions due to COVID-19 can expect emergency aid payments of up to $500 on July 6.

Seniors can expect emergency aid to offset increased living costs due to COVID-19 to start being distributed July 6. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Seniors facing higher costs for groceries, transportation and prescriptions due to COVID-19 can expect emergency aid payments of up to $500 in early July.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during his daily news conference in Ottawa Thursday that the payments would be distributed starting the week of July 6.

Trudeau initially announced the one-time top-up on May 12

The payments are to offset increases in the cost of living due to COVID-19. Seniors who qualify for Old Age Security (OAS) will be eligible for a one-time tax-free payment of $300, and those eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will get $200.

Those eligible for both will receive $500.

The direct supports will amount to $2.5 billion, and are expected to help 6.7 million older Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says seniors facing higher costs for groceries, transportation and prescriptions due to the pandemic can expect emergency aid payments of up to $500 in early July. 2:03

Trudeau said many seniors are facing increased costs such as additional dispensing fees for prescriptions, added costs for grocery delivery services and taxi fees when they might have taken the bus in past.

“What makes things even harder is the fact that this is the new normal for many of them, at least for a little while,” Trudeau said.

“Even as we start to reopen parts of the economy, many seniors will have to stay home for longer to protect their health. And that’s really weighing on them.”

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