Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Death Benefit

Easy application

Tax filing not required

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) death benefit is a one-time payment to the estate on behalf of a CPP contributor who has died. As of January 1, 2022, the amount of the death benefit for all eligible contributors is a flat rate of $2,500.


  • Payment from Service Canada takes approximately 6 to 12 weeks from the date your completed application is received.
  • If you don't understand or agree with a decision, you may ask for a reconsideration of that decision.

In order for the death benefit to be paid out, the deceased must have been making contributions over at least:

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. For example:

  • 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

For example:

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

Apply for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Death Benefit

Gather the required documents:

Last updated: January 18, 2022