The benefit rates for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and old age security (OAS) are increasing, according to Employment and Social Development Canada.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, CPP benefits will increase by 0.9% for those already receiving CPP benefits. These benefits are revised once a year, in January, based on changes over a 12-month period (November 2012 to October 2013) in the consumer price index (CPI), which is the cost-of-living measure used by Statistics Canada.

The maximum CPP retirement benefit for new recipients will increase to $1,038.33 per month from $1,012.50. This increase is calculated on the average yearly maximum pensionable earnings for the last five years.

The new CPP rates will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2014.

OAS benefits, which consist of the basic OAS pension, the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and the Allowances, will increase by 0.1%. These payments are also based on the CPI but are reviewed quarterly (in January, April, July and October) and revised as required to reflect increases in the cost of living as measured by the CPI. The maximum basic OAS pension will increase to $551.54 per month from $550.99.

For those with direct deposit, the CPP and OAS payment dates for 2014 are January 29, February 26, March 27, April 28, May 28, June 26, July 29, August 27, September 26, October 29, November 26, December 19. Those without direct deposit will usually receive their payment within the last three business days of each month.

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Brenda Kayer:

OAS going up $1.55 per month. That will not even buy me one loaf of bread which sells for $1.89 at our local store.

Friday, January 03 at 12:29 pm | Reply


Brenda, I believe that is $1.55 every three months

Thursday, January 09 at 8:10 pm


but it will put us in a higher tax bracket.

Monday, June 23 at 6:20 pm


The OAS is only increasing by $0.55 not $1.55 per month with a review every 3 months. This is not quite enough to buy a stamp. I am not sure how they arrive at the percentage when every year…property taxes, heating fuel, medications, power, etc. increase but not by the percentage we are allowed. For those receiving these benefits, it is an insult to the lower income individuals. I feel there needs to be someone have another look at how this percentage is derived and HELP those who need it.

Wednesday, January 22 at 3:33 pm | Reply

Len Schafer:

This increase of $.55 a month is an absolute shame.

Friday, January 24 at 3:45 pm | Reply


$.55 is an insult. the poverty that seniors live in is a damn shame.

Tuesday, April 22 at 7:52 pm


I absolutely agree. A single woman who is about to enter into the retirement world. It’s amazing how quickly statutory deductions are taken from us in working years with so little returned so we’re not shamed into low-rental and assisted living. I have taken great pride at educating myself, never being on social assistance, to find out I’ll require assisted living in retirement years. What were the hard working years’ efforts for??? I’m still seeking an answer to that question.

Monday, August 25 at 1:03 pm


This increase is shameful, won’t even buy a postage stamp or a chocolate bar. The cost of groceries and gas keeps rising and we are expected to tighten our belts even more. I’m down to the last notch!

Monday, January 27 at 9:59 am | Reply

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