You may be eligible if you are either:
- the legal spouse or common-law partner of the deceased contributor
- a separated legal spouse and the deceased had no cohabiting common-law partner
Note: If you live in Quebec, you should refer to the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) instead and contact Retraite Québec if you have any questions.
Social Insurance Number
- confirmation of SIN letter
- plastic SIN card (non-expired)
Apply for CPP Survivor's Pension
- Apply as soon as possible after the contributor's death. If you delay, you may lose benefits. The CPP can only make back payments for up to 12 months.
- Complete the CPP Survivor's pension and children's benefits application form (ISP1300)
- Mail it to the nearest Service Canada office.
- As the survivor, you are responsible for applying for your monthly pension.
- If you are incapable of applying, you may have a representative (such as a trustee) apply for you.
- The Survivor's Pension starts at the earliest, the month after the contributor's death.
- It takes approximately 6 to 12 weeks to receive your first payment from the date Service Canada receives your completed application.
- You can request a reconsideration of any decision that affects your eligibility or the amount of your CPP benefit.