An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (CPP payments)

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


Chris Charlton  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 25, 2010
(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 provide that a pensioner’s guaranteed income supplement may not be reduced solely as a result of an increase in the pensioner’s income caused by an increase in the pensioner’s pension under the Canada Pension Plan that is solely the result of the indexation of that pension.


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Old Age Security ActRoutine Proceedings

October 25th, 2010 / 3:05 p.m.
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Chris Charlton NDP Hamilton Mountain, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-585, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (CPP payments).

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to introduce this bill on behalf of all Canadian seniors who are receiving the guaranteed income supplement.

As I have mentioned in this House before, when seniors receive a cost of living increase in their CPP, part of that increase is often clawed back from their GIS in the following year. In fact, each July my constituency office in Hamilton Mountain is flooded with calls from seniors who do not understand why they are getting less money in July than they were receiving from January to June.

Clawing back pension increases makes a mockery of the very purpose of cost of living adjustments, which is to keep pace with inflation. My bill will end that practice by ensuring that the GIS can no longer be reduced when the only increase to someone's income is a CPP cost of living adjustment.

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