I am currently receiving STD benefits via Manion Wilkins for 17 weeks since my cancer diagnosis/surgery/treatment in January. I have recently received a letter that this period of coverage will expire shortly and I should apply for EI.
I am not knowledgeable on the procedure or necessity to apply for CPP disability if I will just have to pay it back to my insurance company. I understand the concept of being in a low tax bracket this year. I have already removed some money from my RSP account as I will not be penalized as much this year as if I were earning my full income and am thinking if I apply and receive CPP payments, this may bring my taxable income up too much…?
I have also heard of a child benefit that is also applicable to the CPP disability but am unsure if it would apply to me. I am in a dual income home with two children 13 and 16 years old. Is the child benefit calculated/approved based on total household income or just based on the disabled individual and can this benefit be applied retroactively if I wait until next year when I am back at work or would this not be advised as it may increase my taxable income even more?