Now updated: Booklet on benefits for older adults

March 23, 2018

We’ve updated one of our most popular publications, When I'm 64: Benefits for Older Adults. This booklet is for those who want to learn what financial help is available from government sources as they get older. It covers Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan, employment insurance, and welfare benefits for seniors. 

What’s new in this update

“I originally planned to retire from my job as a nurse when I reached 65. But I decided to wait. By delaying the start of my CPP retirement pension until age 68, it meant my monthly pension payments went up by 25%. That’s over $200 per month for me.”

– Marisa, Prince George, BC

Part of our When I'm 64 series, Benefits for Older Adults helps with planning your finances as you get older. With this update, we've renamed the booklet (older adults replaces seniors), and added:

  • Updated content. The booklet is current to January 2018, reflecting the latest in government benefit rates and eligibility requirements.

  • More practical guidance. More tips, more user stories, and more step-by-step guidance to help you understand your options and take action in getting benefits as you get older.

  • Our fresh new look. This update features our new look for People’s Law School booklets, with a more readable font and layout.

Now available to order in print

This popular title is once again available as a printed booklet. If you wish to order multiple copies of the print booklet, you can do so from Crown Publications

Coming later in 2018 are updates to other titles in the When I'm 64 series.

Many thanks to our legal reviewer Kevin Smith for reviewing this update for legal accuracy.

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