An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (residency requirement)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Ruby Dhalla  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of June 18, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Old Age Security Act to reduce from ten years to three years the residency requirement for entitlement to a monthly pension.


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Old Age Security ActRoutine Proceedings

June 18th, 2009 / 10:15 a.m.
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Ruby Dhalla Liberal Brampton—Springdale, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-428, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (residency requirement).

Mr. Speaker, it is with great honour and pleasure that I introduce a bill to amend the Old Age Security Act, the residency requirement, with the support of the member for Toronto Centre.

This bill seeks to increase support to immigrant seniors and erase an inequality and discrimination that exists among seniors coming to Canada from certain countries, like China, the Caribbean, India, Africa and South America. Immigrant seniors from these countries have to wait 10 years for their old age security benefits versus three years for seniors from other countries.

The bill being brought forward today in this House is the result of the hard work of thousands of seniors across this country and organizations like the Old Age Benefits Forum and the Chinese Canadian National Council, which have advocated in the interest of fairness and equality.

This bill would help reduce the economic vulnerability that is faced by immigrant seniors and would ensure that all seniors, regardless of their country of origin, are treated as equals in Canada.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)