April 7, 2020
Sent to: Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister, Chair of Cabinet Committee on COVID-19
Hon. Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors
Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
OPEN LETTER - RE: TAX FILLING DEADLINE FOR THE GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT
Minister Schulte and Minister Hussen,
I am writing with regard to concerns expressed by seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and will not be able to file their taxes by the end of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you know, seniors across Canada rely on the GIS to supplement their income. As GIS is assessed on income, seniors who receive their benefit must file income taxes on time to avoid having their benefit cut-off. The GIS cut-off generally takes place in July for seniors who have not filed their income taxes.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for filling taxes has been extended to June 1, 2020 for all Canadians. When the question of how this extension will pertain to seniors who receive GIS, I was informed that the ministry has committed to ensuring that no one’s GIS will be interrupted and that mechanisms to make that happen are being worked on.