Canada Pension Plan - Child Rearing Provision

Provided by: Government of Canada - Service Canada - AKA: Employment and Social Development Canada; Human Resources and Skills Development

Service Description

Provides a child-rearing provision to increase Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits for eligible individuals who stopped working or received lower earnings to raise their children.

If deemed eligible, the child-rearing period will be excluded from the contributory period when calculating an individual's CPP benefit amount, ensuring that the highest payment possible is received. The child-rearing provision could also help meet the eligibility requirements for a CPP Disability Benefit, if needed.

Please note: The primary caregiver is the person who was most responsible for the day-to-day needs of the children for the specified periods.

Information

Eligibility:
The child-rearing provision may apply to you if:
-You have children born after December 31, 1958
-Your earnings were lower because you either stopped working, worked fewer hours or took a lesser paying job to be the primary caregiver of a dependent child under the age of 7
-You or your spouse or common-law partner received Family Allowance payments or were eligible for the Canada Child Tax Benefit (even if you did not receive the benefit)
-Either spouse or common-law partner can request the child-rearing provision, but it cannot be used by both parents for the same period of child-rearing
Fees:
No fees
How to Access:
Request the child-rearing provision when you apply for any CPP benefit * If you are already receiving a CPP benefit, you can still request this provision by applying through your My Service Canada Account or by completing the child-rearing provision form, available on the website
Documents Required:
The child's name, date of birth, Social Insurance Number, and birth certificate (the original or a certified true copy) * Proof of the date of entry into Canada for children born outside Canada may be required
Language:
English * Some sites offer French services * Other languages available by phone
Coverage Area:
Canada

Service Locations & Contact Info

      • Disabilities Access:
        Wheelchair accessible
      • Tue:9am - 11am
        Thu:9am - 11am
      • 1-800-O-CANADA phone line open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm AST
        COVID-19 UPDATE: Closed until further notice
    • Toll-Free Number
      1-800-O-CANADA * Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-622-6232
    • TTY
      Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-926-9105
      • Disabilities Access:
        Wheelchair accessible
      • Mon:8:30am - 4pm
        Tue:8:30am - 4pm
        Wed:8:30am - 4pm
        Thu:8:30am - 4pm
        Fri:8:30am - 4pm
      • 1-800-O-CANADA phone line open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm AST
        COVID-19 UPDATE: An in person appointment can be requested by filling out the online service request form (https://eservices.canada.ca/en/service/). Once submitted, a Service Canada officer will call you back within 2 business days.
    • Toll-Free Number
      1-800-O-CANADA * Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-622-6232
    • TTY
      Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-926-9105
    • 491 Main Street, Montague, PE C0A 1R0
      • Coverage Area:
        Kings County
      • Disabilities Access:
        Wheelchair accessible
      • Mon:8:30am - 4pm
        Tue:8:30am - 4pm
        Wed:8:30am - 4pm
        Thu:8:30am - 4pm
        Fri:8:30am - 4pm
      • 1-800-O-CANADA phone line open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm AST
        COVID-19 UPDATE: An in person appointment can be requested by filling out the online service request form (https://eservices.canada.ca/en/service/). Once submitted, a Service Canada officer will call you back within 2 business days.
    • Toll-Free Number
      1-800-O-CANADA * Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-622-6232
    • TTY
      Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-926-9105
    • 371 Main Street, O'Leary, PE C0B 1V0
      • Coverage Area:
        Prince County
      • Disabilities Access:
        Wheelchair accessible
      • Mon:8:30am - 4pm
        Tue:8:30am - 4pm
        Wed:8:30am - 4pm
        Thu:8:30am - 4pm
        Fri:8:30am - 4pm
      • 1-800-O-CANADA phone line open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm AST
        COVID-19 UPDATE: An in person appointment can be requested by filling out the online service request form (https://eservices.canada.ca/en/service/). Once submitted, a Service Canada officer will call you back within 2 business days
    • Toll-Free Number
      1-800-O-CANADA * Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-622-6232
    • TTY
      Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-926-9105
      • Disabilities Access:
        Wheelchair accessible
      • Mon:8:30am - 4pm
        Tue:8:30am - 4pm
        Wed:8:30am - 4pm
        Thu:8:30am - 4pm
        Fri:8:30am - 4pm
      • 1-800-O-CANADA phone line open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm AST
        COVID-19 UPDATE: An in person appointment can be requested by filling out the online service request form (https://eservices.canada.ca/en/service/). Once submitted, a Service Canada officer will call you back within 2 business days.
    • Toll-Free Number
      1-800-O-CANADA * Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-622-6232
    • TTY
      Toll-free Across Canada and the United States
      1-800-926-9105
      • Disabilities Access:
        Wheelchair accessible
      • Mon:8:30am - 4pm
        Tue:8:30am - 4pm
        Wed:8:30am - 4pm
        Thu:8:30am - 4pm
        Fri:8:30am - 4pm
      • 1-800-O-CANADA phone line open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm AST
        COVID-19 UPDATE: An in person appointment can be requested by filling out the online service request form (https://eservices.canada.ca/en/service/). Once submitted, a Service Canada officer will call you back within 2 business days.