An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (retroactive payments)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.


Olivia Chow  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Feb. 26, 2014
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Canada Pension Plan so that a person who applies for a survivor’s pension can receive full retroactive payments, including interest payable on the arrears of that survivor’s pension.


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Canada Pension PlanRoutine Proceedings

February 26th, 2014 / 3:05 p.m.
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Olivia Chow NDP Trinity—Spadina, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-576, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (retroactive payments).

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to introduce a survivor pensioners bill. Widowers and widows deserve justice. The existing application deadline for the Canada pension plan is disqualifying survivors from accessing their late spouses' benefits. That is why I am putting forward new legislation to abolish deadlines that restrict survivor claims to only 11 months. This is a matter of fairness.

One of my constituents was denied two years' worth of retroactive payments because she missed a deadline while grieving the loss of her husband to cancer. We owe it to grieving Canadians and their late spouses, who have paid into the fund all of their lives, to make this change now.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)