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Older immigrants far less likely to face poverty with old-age benefits: study

Older immigrants far less likely to face poverty with old-age benefits: study
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OTTAWA -- A new study says recent immigrants who are seniors when they arrive in this country are far less likely to live in poverty if they have access to federal old-age benefits.

To qualify for the old-age payment, someone must live in Canada for at least 10 years after age 18, a prerequisite that means some immigrant seniors don t qualify.

Seniors who immigrated to Canada in the last two decades and received old-age security payments had low-income rates that were seven percentage points lower than those who didn t qualify for the financial help.

uses census data to show that the old-age security program is more effective at reducing poverty among seniors the more time they spend in Canada.

Overall, the national statistics office says a quarter of senior immigrants who arrived in the two decades before the 2016 census are considered low-income by one standard measure.

The federal Liberals promised as part of their election platform to boost payments under the old-age security program for seniors once they reach age 75.
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