Death Benefit

Government of Canada - Employment and Social Development Canada

Provides death benefit as a one-time payment, payable to the estate or other eligible individuals, on behalf of a deceased Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributor.

Service offers:

  • death benefit is a one-time payment
  • online resources for eligible individuals
Yes, Service targeted to the estate of individuals that have made contributions to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for at least:
  • one-third of the calendar years in their contributory period for the base CPP, but no less than 3 calendar years
  • 10 calendar years
Application Process
Service Access: See below, To access service: 
  • visit website to apply online
  • mail certified copies of required documents to nearest Service Canada Centre

Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Wait times vary. Contact for details.

Toll Free
Web Site
Fee: No

Fee Reduction: No

Membership Fee: No

Wheelchair access: N/A -
Other disabled access: N/A -
Last Verified On
July 8, 2021