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Pensions and benefits for spouses, children and heirs

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    Consult all situations concerning a deceased person.
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    Create the list of pensions and benefits to which you could be entitled.

Pension plans

The deceased worked:

If the deceased worked in Québec, his or her spouse, children or heirs could receive one or more benefits paid under the Québec Pension Plan.

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Find out about the
death benefit
Person who paid for funeral expenses, heirs or liquidator
 
Find out about the
surviving spouse's pension
Recognized spouse
 
Find out about the
orphan's pension
Minor child whose parent has died
 

If the deceased worked in one of those sectors or in the Québec public sector, his or her spouse, children or heirs could receive one or more benefits paid under Québec public-sector pension plans.

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Find out about
survivors' benefits
Recognized spouse or heirs
 
Find out about
life insurance
Heirs
 

If the deceased worked in the private, municipal or university sectors and contributed to a supplemental pension plan (SPP), his or her eligible spouse or the successors (e.g.: the designated beneficiaries or the heirs) could be entitled to a death benefit under the pension plan.

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Find out about
death benefit
eligible spouse or successors
 

If the deceased was an employee, a self-employed worker or a business owner and he or she contributed to a voluntary retirement savings plan (VRSP), his or her eligible spouse or the successors (e.g.: the designated beneficiary or the heirs) could be entitled to a death benefit under the pension plan.

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Find out about
death benefit
eligible spouse or successors
 

Retirement savings

The deceased held:

If the deceased held a locked-in retirement account (LIRA) or a life income fund (LIF), the eligible spouse or the successors (e.g.: heirs) could be entitled to a death benefit.

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Find out about
death benefit
eligible spouse or successors (e.g.: heirs)
 

Family situation

The deceased was:

Family Allowance payments could be made to the person who will be responsible for the child.

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Find out about
Family Allowance
Person responsible for a child
 
  • If the deceased was receiving Family Allowance payments under his or her name, those payments will stop. Please call us at 1 800 667-9625 to inform us of the beneficiary's death to avoid receiving overpayments.
  • If you are already receiving Family Allowance payments under your name, the benefit amounts might be reviewed. Please inform us of the beneficiary's death by calling us at 1 800 667-9625.
  • If a new person is responsible for a child following the beneficiary's death, he or she must file an Application for Family Allowance.

Family Allowance payments will be maintained during the quarter in which the child's death occurred.

Although the Directeur de l'état civil informs Retraite Québec of deaths that occur in Québec, it takes time to provide that information.

If you are receiving Family Allowance payments for more than one child, the amount paid for your family might be reviewed following the change in the number of dependent children. Contact us at 1 800 667-9625 to notify us of the child's death.

Please note that a child who dies in the month of his or her birth is not eligible for Family Allowance payments.

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