Documents you need
From: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Proof of death
You can use a statement of death or a death certificate as proof of death.
The statement of death is sufficient in most situations to notify the federal government of a death.
Statement of death
A statement of death is issued by the funeral home.
A death certificate is issued by the province or territory where the death occurred.
Contact your province to obtain a death certificate
If the person died outside of Canada
If the person died outside of Canada, follow the instructions to report a death abroad.
More information: Death abroad
Social Insurance Number
You may need the Social Insurance Number (SIN) of the deceased person to report the death to the federal government.
More information: Social Insurance Number (SIN) – Following a death
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