Greece - Pensions and Benefits

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

The Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Greece came into force on May 1, 1983. This agreement was replaced by a revised agreement that came into force on December 1, 1997.

What benefits are available?

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

  • Canadian old age and disability benefits
  • Greek 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
  • Greek survivor benefits.

You may qualify for a Canadian or a Greek 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 Greece will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your creditable periods under Greece's pension program.

Am I eligible to receive a benefit?

Canadian benefits

The Canadian pension programs included in the Convention 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 your periods of contribution to the Greek pension program 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 during which you resided in Greece 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.

Greek benefits

The pension program of Greece consists of the General Social Security Scheme (IKA), the special scheme for agricultural workers (OGA) and the special scheme for professionals and the self-employed (TEBE).

To qualify for a benefit under the pension program of Greece, you normally must have contributed to the program for a minimum number of days. The entitlement conditions vary according to your age, length of time of insurance, and whether you are a man or a woman.

If you have not contributed to the program for the minimum period, to qualify for a Greek benefit under the Agreement, Greece will consider periods of contribution to the Canada Pension Plan and periods of residence in Canada after the age of 18 as periods credited under the Greek pension program.

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 Greek 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 Greece

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

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

International Operations
Service Canada
Ottawa ON  K1A 0L4
CANADA

Greece’s Social Security Websites

Resources

Note: The Convention

This page contains general information on the Convention on Social Security between Canada and Greece 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 Convention, the wording and provisions of the Convention will prevail.