How do I apply for CPP retirement benefits?

2. Find out where to get help

The government has an information sheet that can help you fill out your application for .

You can also ask a friend or family member to help. And a community legal clinic might be able to help you.

But, you must sign any forms that are part of your application, even if someone helps you fill them out. Before you sign, make sure you review all of the information and that it’s accurate to the best of your knowledge.

You can be fined for giving information that’s false or misleading.

If you can’t complete or sign your application

Some people may not be capable of completing or signing their application form. For example, they may not understand what it means to complete or sign the form, or they don’t understand the information needed to do these tasks.

If this applies to you, the person you name in a power of attorney document can do this for you. If you’re not capable but don’t have a power of attorney, someone can apply to manage or look after your CPP benefits. For this to happen, your doctor or another health provider has to fill out a Certificate of Incapability form.

It’s a good idea to have a power of attorney. If you have not made one, talk to a community legal clinic or a lawyer.

Having someone else get or send information about your application

If you want someone to be able to get or send information about your CPP application, fill out a Consent to Communicate Information to an Authorized Person form.

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, this person can help you remember deadlines and important information.

The form does not allow someone to apply for benefits for you or make any requests that affect your benefits.

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