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Steps to take in the event of death

First steps

In general, a physician attests a death. The physician must also file and sign an attestation of death that will then be submitted to the funeral home chosen by family members.

To declare a death, the funeral home must send official documents to the Directeur de l'état civil (DEC) This link will open in a new window.. Upon sending those documents, it is also possible to ask the DEC to provide documentary proof, such as a death certificate or a copy of an act of death that could facilitate the steps that must be taken by the heirs.

If the death occurred outside Québec, you can apply to the Directeur de l'état civil to have the act of death that was prepared outside Québec, inserted into the Québec register of civil status This link will open in a new window., under certain conditions.

Steps to take with Retraite Québec

The deceased may have been receiving a pension or a benefit paid by Retraite Québec, under:

  • the Family Allowance program;
  • the Québec Pension Plan;
  • a public-sector pension plan.

If that is the case, Retraite Québec must be informed of a death as soon as possible where:

  • the deceased was receiving a benefit paid by Retraite Québec, so that payments can be suspended, which will avoid family members having to reimburse overpayments after the death
  • the deceased had a dependent child and was receiving Family Allowance payments in his or her name, so that the person who will be responsible for the child can benefit from the Family Allowance measure.

If an application for survivors' benefits was filed with Retraite Québec a few days after a death, you can consider that Retraite Québec was notified of the death. Otherwise, you can always inform Retraite Québec of a death by contacting us by telephone.

The Québec Pension Plan, public-sector pension plans and supplemental pension plans provide for pensions or benefits that could be paid to the deceased's family members, that is, to his or her spouse, children, heirs and even to the person who paid the funeral expenses.

Retraite Québec designed a tool to help create a personalized list of pensions and benefits to which the deceased's family members could be entitled based on their personal situation

Consult the Pensions and benefits section to create your personalized list

Other steps to take with the Gouvernement du Québec

Several other mandatory steps are to be taken with other departments and agencies. For more information, consult the section What to Do in the Event of Death This link will open in a new window. on the Gouvernement du Québec's website.

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