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