Chile - Pensions and Benefits

If you have lived or worked in Chile and in Canada, or you are the survivor of someone who has lived or worked in Chile and in Canada, you may be eligible for pensions or benefits from Chile or Canada, or both.

The Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Chile came into force on June 1, 1998.

What benefits are available?

If you contributed to both the Canada Pension Plan and the Chilean Pension program, or if you lived in Canada and Chile, this agreement may help you qualify for:

  • Canadian old age and disability benefits
  • Chilean old age and disability benefits.

If you are the widow, widower or child of a person who contributed to the pension programs of both countries, this agreement may help you qualify for:

  • Canadian survivor benefits
  • Chilean survivor benefits.

You may qualify for a Canadian or a Chilean benefit, or both. However, under the Agreement, the benefit paid by each country will be based solely on your creditable periods under that country’s pension program. In other words, Canada will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your periods that are creditable under Canada's pension program, and Chile will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your creditable periods under Chile's pension program.

Am I eligible to receive a benefit?

Canadian benefits

The Canadian pension programs included in the Agreement are the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and the Old Age Security (OAS) program.

If you do not qualify for a Canada Pension Plan benefit based on your contributions to the CPP, Canada will consider periods credited under to the pension program of Chile as periods of contribution to the Canada Pension Plan.

If you do not qualify for an Old Age Security pension based on your years of residence in Canada, Canada will consider periods credited under the pension program of Chile after the age of 18 as periods of residence in Canada.

Note: Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) contributors

The Government of Canada’s international social security agreements cover Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan benefits only. If you contribute or have contributed to the QPP but not to the CPP, please consult the Quebec Pension Plan.

Chilean benefits

To qualify for a benefit under the pension program of Chile, you normally must have contributed to either system for a minimum number of years.

If you have not contributed to the Chilean pension program for the minimum period to qualify for a Chilean old age pension, Chile will consider periods of contribution to the Canada Pension Plan and periods of residence in Canada after the age of 18 as periods of coverage under the Chilean pension program. To determine eligibility for Chilean disability and survivor benefits, Chile will consider periods of contribution to the Canada Pension Plan as credited periods under the pension program of Chile.

How do I apply?

Print and complete one of the following application forms:

If you live in Canada

If you live in Canada and want to apply for Canadian benefits, see Pensions in Canada.

If you live in Canada and want to apply for Chilean benefits:

Attach any necessary supporting documents, and return the application form to a Service Canada Centre, or mail it to:

International Operations
Service Canada
Ottawa ON  K1A 0L4
CANADA

If you live in Chile

If you live in Chile and want to apply for Canadian benefits:

There is currently no special form developed for persons who want to apply for Canadian benefits only under the social security agreement with Chile. Please see Pensions in Canada for OAS and CPP application forms.

Attach any necessary supporting documents, and return the application form to a social security office in Chile, or mail it to:

International Operations
Service Canada
Ottawa ON  K1A 0L4
CANADA

Chile's Social Security Website

Resources

Note: The Agreement

This page contains general information on the Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Chile and may not describe all the provisions that apply to your situation. If you have any questions, please contact us. In the case of a discrepancy between this page and the Agreement, the wording and provisions of the Agreement will prevail.