Proof of birth

A document with first name, last name, and date of birth.

  • Birth certificate or birth registration
  • Hospital record of birth or record of the physician/nurse/midwife who attended the birth
  • Passport
  • Record of landing or confirmation of permanent residence issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Note of decision or temporary resident’s permit issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Certificate of Indian status card
  • Provincial identity card

Ontario Works (OW)

Ontario Works (OW) helps people who have pressing, short-term financial need. This program offers income support to help with the costs of basic needs and health benefits, as well as assistance to help you find, prepare for, and keep a job.

Emergency assistance is also available if you are in a crisis or an emergency situation, like losing your home, leaving an abusive relationship, and/or worrying about your safety. 

The amount of money you may receive from OW will depend on your family size, income, assets, and housing costs.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

If you have a disability and need help with your expenses, you may be able to get help from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

This program offers income support to help with basic living expenses, benefits for you and your family, and help finding a job. The amount of money you may receive from ODSP will depend on your and your family's income, assets, housing costs, and the size of your family.

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Survivor's Pension

When your parent, spouse, or common-law partner dies, you may be eligible for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Survivor's Pension through the Government of Canada.

The amount you will receive depends on:

  • whether you are younger or older than 65 years old
  • how much, and for how long, your parent, spouse, or common-law partner had paid into the CPP

In 2019, the highest amount you could receive as a:

  • Spouse or common-law partner is $692.75 per month.
  • Child of a deceased CPP contributor is $250.27 per month.

Allowance for the Survivor

The Allowance for the Survivor is a non-taxable monthly benefit for people aged 60 to 64 who have low income, who are living in Canada, and whose spouse or common-law partner has died.

The amount you receive depends on your previous year's income. For the January to March 2020 quarter, the maximum monthly payment amount is $1,388.92.