Assistance Payments

Old Age Non-Contributory Pension, commonly called “Old Age Pension,” is a payment made monthly to needy Bahamian residents age 65 years or older, who do not meet the contribution conditions for Retirement Benefit.

Survivors’ Assistance is a monthly payment made to the needy surviving dependents of an uninsured deceased breadwinner. It is paid in the same priority order as Survivors’ Benefit.

Invalidity Assistance is a monthly payment made to an individual who has been certified by a medical practitioner to be permanently incapable of work due to illness.

Sickness Assistance is a weekly benefit paid to an individual who:
  • is temporarily unable to work due to illness; and 
  • has paid at least one contribution, but not enough to qualify for Sickness Benefit.
In the case of all assistances, applicants must satisfy a stringent test-of-resources in order to qualify.