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 leave the country while I’m on CPP disability?
This article is part of our CPP Disability: A Simple (but complete) Guide for 2021.
Can I leave the country while I’m on CPP disability?
You can usually travel and move 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. We’ll go into more detail below.
Can I travel for a vacation?
Yes, you can travel. 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, then be sure to supply Service Canada with your updated contact information. You don’t want to 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.
Moving within Canada on CPP disability
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.
Moving outside of Canada on CPP disability
You can 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. This is because problems can 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 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. So, be sure to tell them your new address.
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