Survivor benefits: Employees slain on duty
Survivors of a federal government employee killed by a violent act at work may be eligible for a guaranteed supplementary income benefit. The employer applies for this benefit on behalf of survivors, under the Public Service Income Benefit Plan.
The Labour Program administers the plan and works with employers to ensure that survivors are compensated fairly.
Under the Public Service Income Benefit Plan for Survivors of Employees Slain on Duty , eligible survivors of slain federal employees are provided with a supplementary benefit in addition to other pension benefits. This benefit is typically provided in non-taxable monthly payments.
Are you eligible
The benefit plan covers federal public servants who:
- have been killed by an act of violence unlawfully committed by another person or persons during, or as a result of, the employee's work, as determined by an approved workers' compensation claim from the appropriate provincial workers' compensation board and
- meet the criteria of the Government Employees' Compensation Act or the Pension Act
* This plan does not cover regular force members of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or locally engaged employees assigned to work outside Canada. Please contact the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police directly to learn about their policies. This plan also does not cover contractors, subcontractors or anyone working for someone in either category.
If a federal employee is slain on the job, departments and agencies must submit an injury compensation claim under the Government Employees Compensation Act to the appropriate Labour regional injury compensation office and inform the plan administrator that an employee has been slain on duty. If the injury compensation claim is approved, the employer applies for this benefit on behalf of the survivor, under the Public Service Income Benefit Plan. Human resources personnel must make every effort to ensure that eligible surviving dependants are informed of the benefit plan.
Role of the Plan Administrator
The Labour Program administers this benefit plan on behalf of Treasury Board.
Once the employer has submitted a claim, the Labour Program will:
- determine whether survivors are entitled to benefits
- apply the Public Service Income Benefit Plan for Survivors of Employees Slain on Duty
- inform survivors about their eligibility for the plan
- provide monthly payments and
- review survivors entitlement to benefits regularly and adjust benefits accordingly
The Canada Pension Commission reviews any complaints filed by survivors regarding payments.
For more information, please contact us directly about this or other compensation plans.
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