Are you or a friend:
60+ years old?
You qualify for a Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement pension if you worked and have made at least one valid contribution (payment) to the Plan and if:
· you are at least 65 years old; or
· you are between 60 and 64 years old, and you meet the earnings and contributions
A CPP retirement pension is a monthly benefit paid to people who have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan. The pension is designed to replace about 25% of a person’s earnings from employment, up to a maximum amount. For 2010, the maximum amount is $934.17.
The Canada Pension Plan offers five types of benefits:
1. The retirement pension
2. Disability benefits
3. Survivor benefits
4. Death benefits
5. Children’s benefits (in case of death or disability)
In order to receive any of the above benefits from the Canada Pension Plan you must apply for them. None of these benefits start automatically. Contact us to obtain more information and to start your application.
Have you worked 10 years or more?
If you have worked in the Seasonal Agriculture Workers Program (SWAP) for 10 or more years, contact us and to obtain more information to see if you qualify for the Canadian pension.
How much would I receive in benefits from the CPP?
The exact amount will depend in the total amount of your contributions, the length (years) that you have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan and the age at which you retire or decide to start getting your benefits. Workers under the SWAP that have applied through our centres of the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) report a pension in an average of $100 to $200 a month.
How can I apply to any of these benefits under the CPP?
Contact the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA)
In Canada, at any of our AWA centres
in Jamaica, call