I am new to this forum. I apologize if this is not the right place to post this question.
Here's my situation. My dad immigrated to Canada in 1989 and became a Canadian citizen in 1993. He started a business in Toronto in 1990 and sold it in 1995, as it was losing money. In 1995, he moved back to Hong Kong and worked in China ever since.
He is turning 68 and he plans to come back to Toronto at the end of 2017. I have just found that he is not eligible for Old Age Security because he has not lived in Canada for at least 10 years. Neither is he eligible for Guaranteed Income Supplement or any allowance because these require him to be eligible for OAS.
Here are my questions:
1) My dad does not own any property. He does not have any pension plan. Is there any social assistance or allowances he can receive?
2) Does it mean that he will be able to receive OAS after he lives in Canada for a total of 10 years? (i.e., living in Canada for another 4 to 5 years to reach the 10-year requirement)
3) Which government department(s) shall I contact if I want to clarify all the details about my dad's situation?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot.