Benefits after a death
When your parent, spouse, or common-law partner dies, you may be eligible for benefits:
- Allowance for the Survivor
Provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to low-income widowed spouses who are not yet eligible for the Old Age Security pension.
- Death benefit
Provides a one-time payment to (or on behalf of) the estate of a deceased Canada Pension Plan contributor.
- Survivor's pension
Offers a monthly pension paid to the survivors of a deceased Canada Pension Plan contributor.
- International benefits
Provides survivor benefits to eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country.
- Children's benefit
A monthly benefit for dependent children (under age 18 or between 18 and 25 and attending school) of a deceased Canada Pension Plan contributor.
Other death benefits offered by the Government of Canada
- Veterans Affairs Canada - Death Benefit
Offers a lump sum when a Canadian Forces member dies in the line of duty.
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada - Decedent Estates Program
Manages the estate of a deceased First Nation individual who lived on a reserve before their death.
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