Common Questions

How do I apply for CPP retirement benefits?

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement pension is a monthly benefit paid to people who have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan.

Good starting points include:

  • Canada Pension Plan Retirement Pension, from Service Canada, explains who is eligible, how to apply, what forms you need, and how much you might expect. It also answers some common questions and provides information on the changes being gradually made to the Canada Pension Plan from 2011 to 2016.
  • When I'm 64: Benefits, from People's Law School, has information about the Canada Pension Plan retirement pension.
Also see, I’m trying to decide whether to apply early for CPP.

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Last reviewed January 2015
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