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Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for developing, managing and delivering social programs and services.

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Canada Pension Plan (CPP): Credit Splitting upon Divorce or Separation

Explains how Canada Pension Plan pension credits built up during the time a couple lived together can be split equally between them upon divorce or separation. It also outlines how to request "credit splitting."
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Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits

Explains who is eligible, how to apply, what documents you need, how to check on the status of your application, how long benefits will last, and how to appeal if you are turned down for benefits. It also includes the ...
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Old Age Security Pension

This website gives you an overview of the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and explains who is eligible, how to apply, how much you could receive, what you need to apply, and what to expect after you've applied. It also ...
Also available in: French
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Guaranteed Income Supplement

Explains how the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to low-income Old Age Security (OAS) recipients living in Canada. Outlines who is eligible, how to apply, and what forms you ...
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Canada  Pension Plan Disability Benefits

Outlines how to apply for CPP Disability Benefits, including how long you have to wait for a decision, how to check on the status of your application, and how you can appeal if you are turned down.
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Canada Pension Plan Survivor's Pension

Explains what CPP benefits are available to the surviving spouse, common-law partner, or children of a deceased contributor. Outlines how to apply, what forms you need, and what you may receive.
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Common Experience Payment (CEP)

Outlines the reconsideration process for the Common Experience Payment (CEP), which was part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
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Employment Insurance Regular Benefits

Explains how to apply for regular employment insurance benefits. Information includes who is eligible, how to re-activate a claim, what documents you need, and how to apply online. It also covers how to check on the ...
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Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits

Explains who is eligible, how to apply, how much you could receive, and how long benefits last.
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Employment Insurance Caregiving Benefits and Leave

Information on the three types of caregiving benefits: family caregiver benefit for children, family caregiver benefit for adults, and compassionate care benefits. Explains who is eligible to apply, how to apply, how ...
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