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Program: Public Pensions and Disability Benefits  
Organization: Canada. Employment and Social Development Canada
Toll-Free: 1-800-277-9914
French: 1-800-277-9915
Outside Canada and the US, call collect: 613-957-1954
TTY: 1-800-255-4786
Hours: Telephone Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Service Description: Administers various income security programs and programs for persons with disabilities

Public Pensions:

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) - Monthly benefit paid to people who have contributed to the CPP * qualify for a CPP retirement pension or a reduced pension if you have made at least one valid contribution (payment) to the Plan; if you are between 60-70; and meet the earning requirements set out in the legislation * additional benefits include:
  • Death Benefit - Lump sum benefit paid to the estate of a deceased contributor who has made sufficient CPP contributions
  • Survivor's Pension - Monthly pension paid to the surviving spouse or common-law partner of a deceased contributor
  • Children's Benefit - Monthly benefit for dependent children of a deceased contributor

Old Age Security (OAS)
- Monthly benefits for most Canadians 65 years of age or over * programs provide additional money for seniors with a low income:
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) - For OAS pensioners
  • Allowance - For spouses/common-law partners of GIS recipients 60-64 years
  • Allowance for the Survivor - For widowed spouses/common-law partners 60-64 years

International Benefits
- People who lived or worked in another country may be eligible for old age, retirement, disability or survivor benefits from that country, from Canada, or from both

Persons with Disabilities:

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit - Monthly benefit paid to a contributor who is under 65 years, has made sufficient CPP contributions and is deemed disabled according to CPP legislation * the pension consists of a flat rate portion and an earnings related portion * also monthly benefits for the contributor's dependent children under 18 years and dependents 18-25 years in full time attendance at school

Opportunities Fund for Persons With Disabilities - Assists persons with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment or self-employment as well as to develop the skills necessary to maintain that new employment * funding may be provided to cover costs such as participant wages or related employer costs; and funding may also be provided to cover overhead costs related to planning, organizing, operating, delivering and evaluating approved activities, including costs such as staff wages and employment related costs * eligible expenses will be negotiated with program officials

Service Canada Centres - Information, forms and publications regarding social development programs and services * individual assistance for social development programs at these centres are usually by appointment only * call 1-800-277-9914 to book an appointment

Fees: None
Application: Call * no referral required
Eligibility / Target Population: Varies per program
Languages: English * French
Language Notes: Toll-free line, applications, all written materials and website offered in French
Area Served:
See Also: Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance for People with Disabilities
Financial Assistance for Seniors
Survivor Benefits

This information was last completely updated on September 4, 2018

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