How do I apply for CPP disability benefits?

Fill out the application kit

You can get a disability benefits application kit online or by calling Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914. You may also be able to get one from a Service Canada office.

Service Canada handles applications for .

Fill out and send in the forms as soon as you can. This is important because the date you send in your application affects when your benefits start.

If you need more time

If you think you need extra time to complete all parts of your application, send in the parts that are done, as soon as they're ready.

Sometimes, the CPP uses the date you first sent in part of your application as the date you applied. This can help you get more benefits, or get benefits for a longer period of time.

For example, you might need more time to finish some of the forms. But if your doctor has finished the medical report, they should send that in. Then you can send in the rest of your forms once you complete them.

Make a note of when you send each piece of information that's part of your application kit.

If you need help

You can also ask a friend or family member to help with your application.  A community legal clinic or a lawyer might be able to help you.

But, you must sign all the forms for your CPP disability application, even if someone helps you fill them out.

If you can't complete or sign your application forms because of physical or mental limits that you have, the person you name in a power of attorney document can do this for you.

If you haven't made a power of attorney, talk to a community legal clinic or lawyer.

If you want someone else to get or send information about your application

You can fill out a Consent to Communicate Information to an Authorized Person form if you want someone to be able to:

  • get information about your application
  • send information about your application 

You may decide to do this if you want someone to help you keep track of your application process. For example, if you have problems with your memory, someone else can help you remember deadlines and important information.

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