Canada Pension Plan (CPP) survivor benefits


Canada Pension Plan Act


The CPP provides survivor benefits to eligible survivors or to the estate of a deceased contributor who has made enough contributions to the CPP.


It is important to apply for CPP benefits in order to receive them.


There are three types of CPP Survivor Benefits:

  • The death benefit is a one-time payment to, or on behalf of, the estate of a deceased CPP contributor.
  • The survivor's pension is a monthly benefit paid to a deceased contributor's surviving spouse or common-law partner if the survivor meets the eligibility requirements.
  • The children's benefit is a monthly benefit for dependent children of a deceased contributor.


The administration of CPP Survivor benefits is the responsibility of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). They may be reached by calling Service Canada toll free 1-800-277-9914 in English or 1-800-277-9915 in French.

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