It’s hard to know what’s right when you’re receiving disability benefits but you also want — or need — to travel. So the question is: Can I travel on CPP disability?
This article is part of our Ultimate Guide to CPP Disability Benefits.
Can I leave the country for a vacation while I’m on CPP disability?
Yes, you can travel for a vacation on CPP disability. You will need to tell Service Canada about your plans and confirm with them and your doctor. If you are going to be away for a significant period of time, be sure to supply Service Canada with your updated contact information so you don’t miss out on any important communication.
You shouldn’t have any worries about your benefits getting cut off because you’re temporarily not in Canada.
If I move within Canada, will it affect my CPP disability benefits?
Nope. Generally, if you travel within Canada while you’re on CPP disability, you’ll be fine. This includes moving.
Moving to a new province won’t have any impact on your CPP disability benefits. If you are moving provinces, the only thing to remember is you’ll need to notify Service Canada of your new address and phone number. They may transfer your claim to the appropriate regional Service Canada office; the only impact that will have on you is that you’ll be dealing with the new location if you need to contact someone about your CPP disability benefits.
Can I move outside of Canada if I’m on CPP disability?
Yes, you can also travel to move outside of Canada while you’re on CPP disability.
Once again, you’ll have to make sure to inform Service Canada of your new address and phone number as problems will occur if they are not informed. If you don’t inform them, then they might send something to your previous address. This would usually be something as simple as requesting a medical update. But obviously, if you’ve moved, you won’t receive it. In this case, if you can’t reply, you might see a brief suspension of benefits.
As I’ve said above, you can usually travel while you’re on CPP disability with no worries. In some cases, you just have to update your information with Service Canada and be available if they need to contact you.
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