Part 6 – Division 27
Overview: Old Age Security Act
These enactments amend the Old Age Security Act to align it with changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations pertaining to the increase in the length of the parent and grandparent (PGP) sponsorship undertaking period from 10 to 20 years.
On May 10, 2013, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced the Action Plan for Faster Reunification – Phase II, which includes changing the PGP sponsorship undertaking period from 10 to 20 years.
The Old Age Security Act is being amended to align with changes made to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations on January 1, 2014, with respect to the length of the sponsorship period for PGPs, by adjusting the payment of Old Age Security income-tested benefits (i.e. the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Allowances) for the entire length of the sponsorship undertaking. The current provisions only limit these payments until the individual has reached 10 years of residence in Canada. This will ensure that during a period of sponsorship it is sponsors who are financially responsible for family members they sponsor, not the taxpayer.
These amendments will come into force through an Order in Council, once the current backlog of PGP applications is eliminated. At that time, PGPs covered by the new 20 year sponsorship agreements will start to arrive in Canada.