Canada Pension Plan Disability

Applications - Reconsiderations - Appeals

Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) is a federal disability benefits program administered by Service Canada.

This program is designed for Canadians who become unable to work due to disability. The individual in question must have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan through their employment prior to their inability to continue working.

Unlike the Disability Tax Credit (which only concerns itself with the individuals ability to perform activities of daily living in the home or community) the CPP-D program is primarily interested in how the disability affects your ability to work.

The criteria laid out by Service Canada indicates that the disability must be both "severe" and "prolonged" and that the person is not able to do any job, not just the job they had previously. 

It can be a daunting task to have to prove to the government that your disability prevents you from finding gainful employment, and many individuals are denied on their first application, as well as the reconsideration and appeal stages.