Old Age Security Act

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Old Age Security Act

Payment of full pension
3.
  (1) Subject to this Act and the regulations, a full monthly pension may be paid to
    (a) every person who was a pensioner on July 1, 1977;
    (b) every person who
      (i) on July 1, 1977 was not a pensioner but had attained twenty-five years of age and resided in Canada or, if that person did not reside in Canada, had resided in Canada for any period after attaining eighteen years of age or possessed a valid immigration visa,
      (ii) has attained sixty-five years of age, and
      (iii) has resided in Canada for the ten years immediately preceding the day on which that person's application is approved or, if that person has not so resided, has, after attaining eighteen years of age, been present in Canada prior to those ten years for an aggregate period at least equal to three times the aggregate periods of absence from Canada during those ten years, and has resided in Canada for at least one year immediately preceding the day on which that person's application is approved; and
    (c) every person who
      (i) was not a pensioner on July 1, 1977,
      (ii) has attained sixty-five years of age, and
      (iii) has resided in Canada after attaining eighteen years of age and prior to the day on which that person's application is approved for an aggregate period of at least forty years.

Residence in Canada must be or have been legal
4.
  (1) A person who was not a pensioner on July 1, 1977 is eligible for a pension under this Part only if
    (a) on the day preceding the day on which that person's application is approved that person is a Canadian citizen or, if not, is legally resident in Canada; or
    (b) on the day preceding the day that person ceased to reside in Canada that person was a Canadian citizen or, if not, was legally resident in Canada.

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