SERVICES - CANADA

 

We can assist you with several citizenship, residency and immigration services (ie. completing applications for Canadian citizenship, passports and permanent resident cards). For further information please contact our office nearest you.

 

We provide free assistance with the following Canadian pensions/benefits. Please ensure you have all required documents with you when visiting us. For the most recent information on these and other benefits please contact our office nearest you.

Old Age Security pension (OAS)

The Old Age Security (OAS) pension is a monthly payment paid by the Government of Canada, available to most people 65 years of age and older who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. Employment history is not a factor for eligibility: a person can receive OAS even if they've never worked or are still working.

 

You must be 65 years old or older, be a Canadian citizen or a legal resident at the time the Old Age Security pension application is approved, and have resided in Canada for at least 10 years after turning 18.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of contributor

 

- S.I.N. of spouse (if applicable)

- Original birth certificate

- Name, address and telephone numbers of two persons who can confirm the contributor's residence status but are not relatives

- Italian passport with "landed immigrant" stamp (or

Landed Immigrant Certificate from Immigration Canada) for those not born in Canada

Canada Pension Plan Disability benefit

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit is a taxable monthly payment available to people who have contributed to the CPP and are not able to work regularly at any job because of a disability.

 

To qualify, you must have a severe and prolonged disability, be under the age of 65 and have contributed to the CPP in four of the last six years, OR three of the last six years if you have contributed for at least 25 years.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of contributor

 

- S.I.N. of spouse (if applicable)

Original birth certificate

Canada Pension Plan Death benefit

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) death benefit is a one-time, lump-sum payment made to the estate on behalf of a deceased CPP contributor.

 

If there is an estate, the executor named in the will or the administrator named by the Court to administer the estate applies for the death benefit. If there is no estate, or if the executor does not apply for the death benefit, payment may be made to other persons, in the following order of priority, to:

 

- the person or institution who has paid for, or is responsible for paying for, the deceased's funeral expenses

- the surviving spouse or common-law partner of the deceased

- the next-of-kin of the deceased.

 

For the benefit to be paid, the deceased must have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for a minimum of three years. If the CPP contributory period of the deceased is longer than nine years, they must have contributed in one of the following, whichever is less:

 

- one-third of the calendar years in their contributory period

- 10 calendar years.

 

The international social security agreements Canada has with other countries may be used to satisfy these requirements. Please contact our office nearest you for further information.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of contributor

 

- S.I.N. of spouse (if applicable)

- Funeral/burial receipts

Request for contributory periods

Contributory period statements can be requested from Services Canada at any time to determine the existence and quantity of contributions a worker has made to the Canada Pension Plan.

 

Please contact our office nearest you for further information.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of contributor

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement pension

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement pension provides a monthly benefit to eligible Canadians.

 

You must have worked and made at least one valid contribution (payment) to the CPP to qualify for a CPP retirement pension. The standard age to begin receiving the pension is 65. However, you can take a permanently reduced CPP retirement pension as early as age 60 or take a permanently increased pension after age 65.


For information on eligibility and when you should apply for CPP benefits, please contact our office nearest you.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of contributor

 

- S.I.N. of spouse (if applicable)

Original birth certificate

 

Canada Pension Plan Survivor's pension

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) survivor's pension is paid to the person who, at the time of death, is the legal spouse or common-law partner of a deceased contributor. The survivor's pension starts at the earliest the month after the contributor's death.

 

If you are a separated legal spouse and the deceased had no cohabiting common-law partner, you may qualify for this benefit.

 

You should apply as soon as possible after the contributor's death.
If you delay, you may lose benefits. The Canada Pension Plan can only make back payments for up to 12 months.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of both spouses

- Death certificate of contributor

- Original birth certificates of both spouses

- Marriage certificate

Canada Pension Plan
Child Rearing Provision

If you stopped working or received lower earnings to raise your children, you may be able to use the "child-rearing provision" to increase your Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits.

 

If you are deemed eligible, the child-rearing period will be excluded from the contributory period when calculating your CPP benefit amount, ensuring you get the highest possible payment. The provision may apply to you if:

 

- you have children born after December 31, 1958;

- your earnings were lower because you either stopped working, worked fewer hours or took a lesser paying job to be the primary caregiver of a dependent child under the age of seven;

- you or your spouse or common-law partner received Family Allowance payments or were eligible for the Canada Child Tax Benefit (even if you did not receive the benefit).

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: 

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of contributor

 

- S.I.N. of spouse (if applicable)

 

- S.I.N. (Social Insurance Number) of each child

- Original birth certificates of all children born after Dec. 31, 1958

WSIB, Ontario Drug Benefit program, union and private pensions,
and other benefits

Assistance is also provided in completing applications for Workman's Safety and Insurance Board claims, union pensions, private pensions and the Ontario Drug Benefit program.

 

Please contact our office nearest you for further information and required documentation for these and other pensions, benefits and programs.