Haldimand County Public Library has partnered with Service Canada to offer informative in-person workshops about government benefits and services for local youth, Indigenous Peoples and seniors.
These programs will be offered in person at the identified branches with a Service Canada representative. Participants will be able to ask questions and join in discussions facilitated by library staff during and after the presentation. Pre-registration for these programs is recommended but not required.
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) /Old Age Security (OAS) benefits and My Service Canada Account Workshop
This workshop provides information about the Canadian Pension Plan and Old Age Security benefit such as eligibility requirements, how to calculate your payment, how to apply, when to apply, survivors benefits, child benefits and more.
At the end of this workshop, a Service Canada representative will answer questions about the My Service Canada Account. Anyone wishing to obtain a Personal Access Code (PAC) to access their My Service Canada Account (MSCA) that day will need to know their SIN and have photo ID.
Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Workshops are open to all residents and are scheduled as follows:
- February 9 at 10 a.m. – Cayuga Library and Heritage Center, 19 Talbot St.
- March 6 at 1:30 p.m. – Selkirk Branch, 34 Main St W.
- March 15 at 1:30 p.m. – Hagersville Branch, 13 Alma St N.
- March 21 at 10 a.m. – Caledonia Branch, 100 Haddington St.
- June 6 at 10:30 a.m. – Dunnville Branch, 317 Chestnut St.
Services for Youth Workshop and Social Insurance Clinic (SIN)
This workshop will cover a variety of government benefits, programs and incentives aimed to help youth find employment and fund post-secondary education. Some of the topics covered will be the Canadian Government Job Bank, education grants and loans, apprenticeship incentives, grants and loans.
At the end of the workshop, a Service Canada employee will assist youth and any other members of the public in registering for a Social Insurance Number (Social Insurance Numbers are needed to gain employment, open a bank account and apply to post-secondary education).
Services for Youth Workshops and Social Insurance Clinics are open to all residents and are scheduled as follows:
- March 13 at 11 a.m. – Caledonia Branch, 100 Haddington St.
- March 16 at 1:30 p.m. – Dunnville Branch, 317 Chestnut St.
- April 24 at 2:30 p.m. – Jarvis Branch, 2 Monson St.
Anyone wishing to register for a Social Insurance Number must bring the following things:
- A valid primary identification document such as a birth certificate, Canadian citizenship card, work or study permit, or permanent resident card.
- A valid secondary identity document such as a passport, driver’s licence or health card.
- A document showing proof of address such as a bill from a service provider, employment or school document, or a letter from an organization attesting to the applicant’s address signed by a representative of that organization and the applicant.
Services for Indigenous Peoples Workshop
This workshop will provide information on the Indigenous Seniors Assisted Living Program, The Hope for Wellness Hotline as well as the Canadian Pension Program and Old Age Security. Other topics that will be covered include the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program and financial assistance for Indigenous students.
The Services for Indigenous Peoples Workshop will be held at the Hagersville Branch (13 Alma St. N.) on Thursday, Mar. 16 at 5 p.m. The workshop is open to all residents.
For more information about these or other government benefits and services, or clarification on any document requirements, visit www.canada.ca or call 1-800-O-Canada.