Legal Information - Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability - FAQ's

This page offers answers to questions most frequently asked by our clients regarding Canada Pension Disability. 

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Q.  What is the Canada Pension Plan disability pension?

 

A.  The Canada Pension Plan disability pension is a benefits plan for workers.  Workers who have paid into the plan could qualify for a disability pension if they can no longer work because they are disabled. 

 


 

Q.  If I qualify for Canada Pension Plan disability pension, how much will I receive?

 

A.  The total amount you will receive depends on the amount that you and your employer paid into the Canada Pension Plan while you were working.  So the amount received will be different in each case.

 


 

Q.   When might I be entitled to a Canada Pension Plan disability pension?

 

A.   You could be entitled to a Canada Pension Plan disability pension if you have enough pension credits (usually obtained by working a certain number of hours over a certain period of time) AND you have a "severe" and "prolonged" disability. For more information, please contact the Legal Clinic.

 


 

Q.   How do I apply for Canada Pension Plan disability pension?

 

A.   Please call Service Canada, toll-free, at 1-800-277-9914 for an application kit.  If you use a TTY device, please call 1-800-255-4786.  If you have internet access, you can download an application kit from the "People with Disabilities" section of the Service Canada website.

 


 

Q.   I already receive Ontario Disability Support Program disability benefits.  Can I still apply for Canada Pension Plan disability pension?

 

A.  Yes, but your Canada Pension Plan disability pension will be deducted dollar for dollar from your Ontario Disability Support Program disability benefits.

 


 

Q.  I already receive Ontario Disability Support Program disability benefits. Will I automatically qualify for Canada Pension Plan disability pension?

 

A.  No. The tests to qualify for these two types of disability benefits are different. 

 


 

Q.   My application for Canada Pension Plan disability pension was denied, but I think I should be entitled to benefits.  Can I appeal this decision?

 

A.  Yes. There is, however, a 90 day time limit for an appeal to be made.  You should contact the Legal Clinic right away for advice.

 


 

Q.   I missed the deadline to appeal the denial of my application for Canada Pension Plan disability pension.   Is there any way to get an extension of time?

 

A.   If you missed the deadline for an appeal, you can ask to be granted an extension of time to file the appeal.  Please contact the Legal Clinic as soon as possible for assistance.

 


 

Q.  I have filed an appeal of a decision denying me a Canada Pension Plan disability pension.  How long will it take before my case is heard?

 

A. Usually, it takes about one year from the time an appeal is filed for a hearing to be held. 

 


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