The contributory period is the period in your life when you are allowed to
contribute to CPP. This period starts with the date you turn age 18 (or
January, 1966, whichever is later - this is when the CPP program
started). The contributory period ends when you start to collect CPP,
turn age 70, or die (whichever is earliest).
The children's benefit may be payable if a child has lost at least one
parent who was a CPP contributor. The 2013 children's benefit is a
maximum monthly payment of $228.66.
You can estimate the Survivor Benefit available to your spouse or
common-law partner by
referring to your CPP
Statement of Contributions, which is available online. You can
also request that the statement be mailed to you. For purposes of the
CPP, common-law partners are two people, regardless of sex, who have lived
together in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
Information on survivor benefits from the Québec
Pension Plan (QPP) can be found on the Québec government Quebec
Pension Plan Survivor's Benefits page. This includes the death
benefit, surviving spouse's pension and orphan's pension. The QPP
Statement of Participation provides estimates of survivor benefits, and
can be accessed online. You can also use the previous link to request
online that a statement be mailed to you.