Pen­sion pains

De­lay in monthly ben­e­fits a big con­cern for Is­land se­niors

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

Some Old Age Se­cu­rity (OAS) and Canada pen­sion pay­ments have been de­layed al­most a week, leav­ing Is­landers who de­pend on them scram­bling.

Bev­er­ley McGin­ley, 79, of Corn­wall says she lives from cheque to cheque. The de­lay in re­ceiv­ing both of th­ese pay­ments has left her in a fran­tic state.

“I need gro­ceries,’’ she says.

“My med­i­ca­tion is a pri­or­ity.’’ McGin­ley says her heart med­i­ca­tion needs to be re­newed. Her rent was due at the end of June.

She has no re­serve to draw from.

“I don’t have sav­ings at all,’’ she says.

“I’m just so up­set. They shouldn’t do this to se­niors.’’

McGin­ley says the post of­fice in Corn­wall was “go­ing crazy with calls’’ from peo­ple ask­ing if the cheques are in.

Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Canada re­ports the lat­est pay­ment de­liv­ery for Old Age Se­cu­rity and Canada Pen­sion Plan ben­e­fits were to be­gin on June 27.

McGin­ley and oth­ers are hav­ing dif­fi­culty mak­ing ends meet with days pass­ing from the ex­pected ar­rival date of their cheques.

The OAS pen­sion is a monthly pay­ment avail­able to se­niors aged 65 and older, who meet the Cana­dian le­gal sta­tus and res­i­dence re­quire­ments.

The Canada Pen­sion Plan or CPP is a de­ferred in­come re­tire­ment ve­hi­cle that serves as a com­ple­ment to Old Age Se­cu­rity.

A spokes­woman says Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Canada is try­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of the de­lay as well as the num­ber of peo­ple af­fected.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Bev­er­ley McGin­ley of Corn­wall says she lives from cheque to cheque so a de­lay in her Old Age Se­cu­rity and Canada pen­sion pay­ments is caus­ing hard­ship.

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