Federal

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Children’s Benefits

Easy application

Tax filing not required

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) children's benefits provide monthly payments to:

  • The child (up to the age of 25) of a person receiving a CPP disability benefit
  • The child (up to the age of 25) of a CPP contributor who has died

Note: Children aged 18-25 must be attending a recognized school or university to apply.

The monthly amount is adjusted every year. In 2021, beneficiaries received $257.58 a month. Check the table of current Canada Pension Plan (CPP) payment amounts for updated amounts.

To be eligible, you (the child) must be either:

  • under age 18, or
  • under age 25 and in full-time attendance at a recognized school or university

You (the child) must also be one of the following:

  • the natural child of the contributor
  • a child legally adopted by the contributor while under the age of 21
  • a child "legally" or "in fact" in the custody and control of the contributor while under the age of 21

Your parent or guardian must also meet one of the following situations:

  • They are getting a CPP disability benefit (either the disability benefit or the post-retirement disability benefit)
  • They have died and met the CPP contributory requirements for a CPP death benefit

Once you (the child) turn 25, you are no longer able to get these benefits.

Proof of death

A document that provides the name, date, and place of death. The document must also be on official letterhead or contain a seal and provide the name and/or signature of the person or authority issuing the document. 

  • Burial certificate or death certificate
  • Certification of death from another country
  • Life or Group Insurance Claim along with a statement signed by a medical doctor
  • Medical Certification of Death
  • Memorandum of Notification of Death issued by the Chief of National Defence Staff
  • Notarial copy of Letters of Probate
  • Official Death Certificate
  • Official Notification from the Public Trustee for a Province
  • Registration of Death
  • Statement of a medical doctor, coroner, or funeral director
  • Statement of Verification of Death from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Social Insurance Number

  • confirmation of SIN letter
  • plastic SIN card (non-expired)

Follow the instructions below depending on your situation.

For children under age 18 – if you are the child of a person CPP Disability Benefits:

For children under age 18 – If you are the child of a CPP contributor who has died

For children aged 18-25 who are full-time at a recognized school or university

Last updated: January 18, 2022