CPPD review and how often?

Could someone comment on on this question?

I heard somewhere that once approved for CPPD it is for life and they will leave you alone…sounds like to good to be true.
Can one expect a reviews? How often?
Thank you for your help.

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I appreciate your reply or rather the link to previous discussion. But it talks more to LTD , not so much to CPPD.
I am just wondering how often CPPD reviews the cases …anyone hs experience with it?

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David’s answer was specifically about CPPD: “CPP does reassess cases over time. The younger you are and if you are still having treatment, the more likely they will continue to review on regular basis. It is different in every case.”

To paraphrase, it depends on what is wrong with you and what your prognosis is. If you are disabled by something that is expected to be cured by surgery that is scheduled for next year then you will be reviewed differently than someone with a permanently severed spinal cord.


Hi I just got approved last month in my letter of acceptance they told me I would be reaccessed in August 2021. I hope to heal eventually is why. I was also told if I started working part time and made over 5700 I am to report that to them. As of right now I am off work indefinitely is why they will be reaccessing me.

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Hi Maria - I’m late to the table - however - yes they do reviews and yes they do leave you alone - however, it’s not for life. CPPD, if approved, will review your case depending on your case. I see that Novascotiagirl was approved but will be reassessed in 2 years whereas in my case they reassess in 10 years. Whatever time-frame they decide to reassess they will most likely have your Doctor complete another form. Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) benefits are designed to provide partial income replacement to eligible CPP contributors who are under age 65 with a severe and prolonged disability, as defined in the Canada Pension Plan legislation. There are two eligibility criteria for the CPPD program.

This webpage should help you: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/pension-plan-disability-benefits/reports/toolkit.html

There are two eligibility criteria for the CPPD program.

First, applicants must have made contributions to the program in four of the last six years, with minimum levels of earnings in each of these years, or three of the last six years for those with 25 or more years of contributions.

Second, they must demonstrate that their physical or mental disability prevents them from working regularly at any job that is substantially gainful, and that it is long-term and of indefinite duration or is likely to result in death.

There are two CPPD benefits:

  • the disability pension , provided to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and are not yet receiving a retirement pension, and
  • the post-retirement disability benefit, which is provided to individuals who are found to be disabled after the start of their retirement pension.
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Did the acceptance letter say that?
Mine didn’t say anything about being reassessed.

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Mine also said nothing about reassessment.

As the old saying goes, the only sure things in life are death and taxes.

CPP disability benefits are never “approved for life”. They are paid on a month to month basis and always on the condition that you can prove ongoing entitlement.

There is no general rule to how often the CPP administration will review a claim. I can only say that in my experience the younger you are the more likely you are to be reviewed. The older you are the less likely you are to be reviewed, if at all.

You are more likely to get reviewed if something happens to trigger your case to their attention. This could be a neighbour or ex-spouse calling them to say you are faking. It could be that you move and don’t keep your address updates. It could be that you don’t reply to their correspondence (because you moved and didn’t give them your new address and aren’t getting their letters). It could be because they see you are reporting income, etc.

I have see all of these situations, with the failing to give the updated address and respond to CPP result in a total review and denial of the ongoing claim.

If you stay off their radar you are less likely to be reviewed.

David Brannen

Disability Lawyer with Resolute Legal

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Well you sure got me questioning myself lol. I went and dug through my enormous files to find the actual letter CPPD sent me. You are correct. The first letter just told me I was eligible and what I would be receiving. The second letter tells me when it starts and to contact them if I return to work and have $XX or more per calendar year, or if I’m in a paid training program, or complete any university, trade, school, technical, rehabilitation program OR if my medical condition improves. I need to advise of any chg of address, new dependent children, chg bank accounts.

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It states they will “review my file from time to time. They may also contact me to ensure that they are aware of any changes in my situation and that I am aware of the support and services available to me.”

I was probably thinking of the CRA Disability Tax Credit. Pretty sure that letter stated they would reassess after X number of years.

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