The couple, from Maria, received monthly benefits that were too high for several years in the Guaranteed Income Supplement. He received these amounts for people living alone while they were common-law partners.
In January 2018, the man and woman receive a letter asking them to repay a debt of $ 38,000 to the Government of Canada.
The 70-year-olds reportedly failed to complete a paper form to advise Service Canada of their change of marital status since they moved in together in 2010. The couple denies ever receiving the government form and Ms. Cyr claims to have contacted the Service by telephone. Canada twice to notify them of the couple's new marital status.
The file was presented to the Federal Court, which ruled in favor of Service Canada's decision.
We have never, ever received, the form.
Mr. Martin and Ms. Cyr claim to have always declared their common-law status by making their taxes.
The member for Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia, Rémi Massé, contacted the couple this week to explain the Service Canada perspective.
Every year since 2003, Service Canada sends a form to claimants asking them to validate the information, especially their status, whether they are married, common-law or single. So it's an obligation he explains.
These are solemn declarations, so it must be done on papersays the MP.
The Federal Court has decided. It is possible that they still have an appeal. I hope, of course, a happy ending. It's a lot of money.
The elected representative reminds seniors in the region who receive Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits to read the Service Canada documents.
I talked about it with the minister's office. I understand that these documents can be complex. I invite people to meet us at our offices, we are here for thatadds Mr. Massé.