Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Survivor's Pension

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Tax filing required

When your spouse or common-law partner dies, you may be able to get monthly payments from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Survivor's Pension.

If you are age 65 or older, you can get 60% of the contributor's retirement pension, if you are not getting other CPP benefits.

If you are under age 65, you can get a flat rate portion and 37.5% of the contributor's retirement pension if you are not receiving other CPP benefits.

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

Social Insurance Number

For example:

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

Apply for CPP Survivor's Pension


  • 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.

Last updated: January 18, 2022