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CPP Disability Guide
The National ME/FM Action Network is pleased to provide you with the latest edition of our Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability Guide.
Here is additional material related to the CPP-Disability program.
Government employees who review CPP-D applications are provided with documents to guide their work.
- The “Adjudication Framework” examines the criteria of “severe” and ”prolonged”, discusses the relevance of personal characteristics and socio-economic factors, and discusses what is meant by “reasonably satisfied”. http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/benefits/framework.shtml
- The Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Adjudication Reference Tool is not available on the government website but can be found here: CPS CFS Adj Ref Tool
- The guidance document dealing with Non-compliance with Health Care Treatment can be found here: http://mefmaction.com/images/stories/CPP/NoncompliancewithHealthCare.pdf
An evaluation of the CPP-Disability program was released in August 2011 and can be found here: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/publications/evaluations/income/2011/january.shtml. The following are some of the findings. Note that the analysis excludes
- Only about two-thirds of working-age Canadians have CPP-D coverage.
- It is hard to qualify for CPP-D, with the approval rate at the initial stage of adjudication averaging only 45%.
- In 2005, 295k Canadians were receiving CPP-D benefits .
- Despite the fact that CPP-D is supposed to be only one element of income support, 12% of CPP-D recipients in a survey said that these payment was their sole source of family income.
- The maximum CPP-D payment in 2005 was $12,123 and the average payment was $10,390.The LICO (low-income cut-off) in 2005 was $14,303 for a single person living in a rural area and $20,778 for a single person living in a large city.
- 60% of a sample of applicants that were denied CPP-D had not returned to gainful employment during a three to four year period following denial, suggesting that many people who are denied payments could be genuinely disabled and incorrectly denied coverage.
- CPP-D was not as large a disincentive to work as had been previously assumed.
Network representatives met with CPP-D program officials in January 2012. Here are notes of that meeting.