Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit – Apply

5. Apply

You should apply as soon as you develop a severe and prolonged or terminal medical condition that prevents you from working regularly at any job.

Do not delay in sending your completed application forms. You must apply for the CPP disability benefit in writing. The date your application is received affects the date your benefit begins.

How do I apply

You must apply in writing. The Application kit for Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits includes the application form (ISP1151) and the medical report (ISP2519) to be completed by your doctor or nurse practitioner.

You may save and complete the application on your computer but it cannot be submitted electronically. You must print a copy and mail it to us with certified copies of any required documents.

Note: If you have a terminal illness, print out the Terminal Illness Application form (ISP2530A) and the Terminal Illness Medical Attestation form (ISP2530B) and mail the completed forms to us. For the purposes of CPP, a terminal medical condition is a disease state that cannot be cured or adequately treated and is reasonably expected to result in death within six (6) months,

When applying:

  • To help you complete your application, read the information and instructions pages, which are part of the application kit. These pages include steps for completing your application, changes that may affect your benefits, an address page, a checklist and other useful information about disability benefits.
  • If you are currently receiving a disability benefit from an insurance company or a provincial/territorial agency, you can ask them to send us your most current medical records instead of a completed Medical Report Form (ISP2519).
  • Before providing the Medical Report (ISP2519) or Medical Attestation Form (ISP2530B) to your doctor or nurse practitioner, complete Sections 1 and 2.
  • Write/type your Social Insurance Number at the top of each page and sign all areas that require your signature.
  • Do not wait for your doctor or nurse practitioner to complete the medical report or medical attestation form before sending your completed application to Service Canada.
  • If you are a parent or guardian, you could request the child-rearing provision (included in the application form) and the children's benefit (included in the application form).
  • If you are unable to fill out the forms, a family member or a friend can help you. Make sure that you sign where necessary.

Note: Keeping records and the collection and use of your personal information

Make sure you keep photocopies of everything you submit. If you talk to someone from Service Canada, write down the name of the person and the date and time of your conversation. Keep all the information in one place.

Will my doctor or nurse practitioner charge me for completing the medical report that is part of my application?

We will pay your health care professional up to $85.00 for completing your medical report or your terminal illness medical attestation. They are responsible for sending us invoices for payment. Should they charge more than our set amount, you are responsible for covering any extra costs.

See the amounts that Service Canada will reimburse your health care professional.

Collection and use of your personal information

The information you provide is collected under the authority of the Canada Pension Plan. It is used to determine if you are eligible to receive benefits.

Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is collected under the authority of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat Directive on the Social Insurance Number which lists the Canada Pension Plan Regulations as an authorized user of the SIN. The SIN will be used to verify your identity and to ensure that pensionable earnings are correctly accounted for. This will allow Service Canada to determine whether you and/or your family are eligible for a CPP benefit and the amount you may receive.

This information may be shared within Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), with a federal institution, provincial government or public body created under provincial law with which the Minister of ESDC may have entered into an agreement, and/or with non-governmental third parties for the purpose of administering the CPP, other acts of Parliament and federal or provincial law. It may also be shared with the government of another country in accordance with agreements for the reciprocal administration or operation of the other country’s law and of the CPP.

We may use and/or disclose information for policy analysis, research and/or evaluation purposes. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of your personal information will never result in an administrative decision being made about you. Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Department of Employment and Social Development Act, the Canada Pension Plan and the Privacy Act.

Information regarding children

Information about your children will be used to determine if they are eligible to receive the children’s benefit. If you are not a custodial parent, Service Canada may contact the custodial parent to further assess and determine who should receive the children’s benefit on behalf of the children. If your children are between the ages of 18 and 25, we may contact them directly.

Details of your disability will not be shared with the custodial parent or your children. However, your name, the names of your children and the fact that you may receive a disability benefit will be shared.

Submitting information is voluntary. If you decide not to provide information about your children, we may not be able to determine if they can receive the child benefit at the time of your application. The custodial parent or your children between the ages of 18 and 25 may apply for the child benefit at a later date. However, if the children are eligible to receive the benefit, Service Canada can only pay retroactive payments for up to 12 months.

Your rights

Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Canada Pension Plan, the Department of Employment and Social Development Act, the Privacy Act and other applicable laws. Please refer to our Privacy Notice Statement for further information.

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