Canada Pension Plan

Canada Pension Plan Survivor Benefits

Canada Pension Plan survivor benefits are paid to a deceased contributor's estate, surviving spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. There are two types of benefits.

  • The death benefit is a one-time payment to, or on behalf of, the estate of a deceased Canada Pension Plan contributor
  • The survivor's and children's benefit pension is a monthly pension paid to the surviving spouse or common-law partner of a deceased contributor

It is important to apply for Canada Pension Plan benefits. If you do not apply, you may lose benefits you are entitled to receive.

Death Benefit

Information - How to Apply

Survivor's and Children's Benefit Pension

Information - How to Apply


From within Canada and the United States, you can call toll-free Monday to Friday. For callers in Canada, service is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., your local time. From the United States, service is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Service is provided in English and French.

Toll-Free: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)

TTY: 1-800-926-9105

If you live outside Canada and the United-States, find out more about accessing 1-800- O-Canada from other locations around the world.

Canada Revenue Agency