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Canadian public pensions are paid to UK resident beneficiaries in pounds sterling and can be deposited directly*(PDF version, 322KB) into a UK bank account.

Detailed information and application forms are available from the Service Canada website. The London Consular Office also holds a supply of pension application forms.

Service Canada can be contacted toll free from the UK, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm Canadian Eastern Time, by dialing 00-800-622-6232-1.

Old Age Security (OAS) Program

The Old Age Security Pension is a monthly pension payable to the month following your 65th birthday. Eligibility is based on your period of residence in Canada.

If you are applying from outside Canada, you must have been resident in Canada for at least 20 years after your 18th birthday to qualify for a minimum pension under this scheme.

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

Benefits under this plan include the retirement pension, disability benefits and survivor benefits.

Eligibility is based on contributions made to the plan. If you worked in Canada after 1966, the year the plan started, you would have made contributions based on your earnings from employment or self-employment, and you may therefore be eligible to receive a pension under the scheme.

Quebec Pension Plan

If you worked in the province of Quebec, your contributions would have been made to the Quebec Pension Plan instead of the Canada Pension Plan.

Detailed information and application forms are available from the Retraite Québec website.

Veterans’ Benefits

Information regarding veterans’ services can be obtained from the Veterans’ Affairs Office of the Canadian High Commission in London by calling 020 7004 6075.

Additional information can be found on the Veterans’ Affairs Canada website.

UK Pensions

Information regarding UK pensions can be found on the Gov.UK website.

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