Survivor's benefits

  • you were married at the time of the death, and you had been married for 5 years or more.  
  • you were married at the time of the death, and you have/had children together.
  • you were living together at the time of the death, and you have/had children together. 
  • you had been living together for more than 5 years at the time of the death, and you were previously married to each other. 
  • you were divorced from the deceased and has not remarried.  You normally qualify for survivor’s pension if your former spouse dies within 5 years of your divorce and your marriage lasted for 25 years or more, or 15 years or more if you have children together.
  • you previously lived together for 15 years or more and you have/had children together, and it has been less than 5 years since you separated. The number of years you lived together is calculated from the birth of your child. 
  • you find yourself in a transitional state as a result of the person’s death.
  • you  are currently getting an education that will improve your chances of finding a job. You must have started the education within 2 years of the person’s death.
  • the deceased’s child by a previous relationship is in your care. This requires that you were caring for the child before the death and that the child has been in your care the entire time. 
  • remarry
  • have a child with a new cohabitant
  • start living with someone you have previously been married to
  • start living with someone you have or have had children with
  • If you were married for more than 12 months, you normally may qualify for payment of transitional benefits for a period of up to 12 months.   
  • If you were married for less than 12 months, you normally may qualify for payment of transitional benefits for a period of up to 6 months.
  • If you were married for less than 5 years, and the deceased’s child by a previous relationship is in your care, you may qualify for transitional benefits until the child turns 18 years old. This requires that you were caring for the child before the death and that the child has been in your care the entire time. If your marriage and the time the child has been in your care combined exceeds 5 years, you may qualify for survivor’s pension.