Government Reverses GIS Eligibility Restriction

September 29, 2017

St. Thomas, ON – Karen Vecchio, Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, is pleased that the Liberal government has listened to concerns raised by Members of the Official Opposition and will be reversing changes made on January 1, 2017 to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) provision for couples living apart for reasons beyond their control.

Last week, during Question Period, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development thanked Members of the Opposition for flagging this issue, and announced that he had tasked his officials with correcting the rules and contacting seniors who had been denied their GIS on these grounds.

In response, MP Vecchio issued the following statement:

“I am extremely pleased that the Minister has finally committed to reversing this policy decision, which was negatively impacting hundreds of vulnerable seniors.

“I would like to thank the Members of the Official Opposition who brought this issue to my attention. Their hard work and vigilance demonstrates the Conservative commitment to stand up for Canadian seniors, who have been neglected by this government. While the government has played politics with seniors’ issues, the Official Opposition has been advocating on their behalf.

“After several months of working with the Minister’s office and multiple submissions to the Minister himself, I am thankful that the changes were reversed. This decision is truly in the best interest of Canadian seniors and I am glad that my office, along with other Members of the Official Opposition, was able to change the Minister’s mind, and get results for Canadian seniors.”


For more information, please contact:

Scott Bandy

Office of Karen Vecchio

Member of Parliament