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Well, this is wrong.

1) A single refugee does not receive a monthly allowance of $1890. Refugees can receive a one-time payment (the start-up allowance) which has a maximum of $885 for a single person or $1890 for a family. Some, but not all, refugees can receive the Resettlement Assitance Program (RAP) which provides a maximum of $580 monthly to a single person. Those who do qualify for RAP receive it for a maximum of 1 year.

2) Refugees must pay a landing fee of $490 per person. If they want to apply for permanent resident status there is a further $550 fee. After that if they want to apply for Canadian citizenship there are further fees. Keep in mind that most refugees don't have many resources - by definition they were driven out of their homes.

3) Pensioners do not receive a monthly maximum of $1012. For Q1 2008, maximum OAS is $502.31. For Q1 2008 maximum GIS is $634.02. So a single Canadian over age 65 could receive a maximum of $1136.33. In addition, someone who has "contributed to the growth and development of Canada for 40 or 50 years" has probably paid something in to CPP. A single retiree can receive up to $884.58 per month from CPP. So maximum of CPP+OAS is $1386.89/month for a single person (if you're receiving the max you no longer qualify for GIS).

4) Canada Pension is not clawed back at $28,000. CPP is never clawed back. OAS clawback starts at $64,718 and OAS is all gone at $104,903. Your income must be less than $15,240 to qualify for GIS (usually not referred to as a clawback). It looks like "Dan White" got his figure from the maximum income to qualify for the Allowance which is $28,176. (The Allowance is for people who are between 60-64 years old and whose spouse receives OAS+GIS.)


I'm guessing that the Dan White who you copied and pasted this from claims to be a journalist. It's really unfortunate that he couldn't be bothered to do the most elementary fact-checking. He didn't get even one piece of information correct - every single datum he cites is wrong! Well, I suppose he is correct insofar as there are pensioners and refugees in Canada.

Mathew
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