Social security agreement with Canada

Information if you get NZ Super or other NZ entitlements and are living in Canada or are living in New Zealand and get a Canadian pension.

This information is for:

  • New Zealanders who resided, are residing or are going to reside in Canada
  • Former Canadian residents who resided, are residing or are going to reside in New Zealand.

Note: If you intend to only travel around Canada and then return to New Zealand or intend to travel around Canada and then to a third country please visit:

  • The Social Security Agreement

    New Zealand and Canada have a social security agreement. The Agreement covers Canadian benefits and pensions under the Old Age Security Programme and the Canada Pension Plan. It also covers the following benefits and pensions from New Zealand:

    • New Zealand Superannuation
    • Veteran's Pension
    • Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind)
    • Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers.

    The Agreement means that:

    • Some New Zealand benefits and pensions can be paid to New Zealanders going to reside in Canada.
    • New Zealanders who reside in Canada may be able to use their New Zealand residence as "Canadian creditable periods" to help them meet residence and/or contribution criteria for some Canadian benefits and pensions.
    • When New Zealanders in Canada apply for a Canadian benefit or pension, they can apply for a New Zealand benefit or pension as well.
    • Former Canadian residents who now reside in New Zealand may be able to use their "Canadian creditable periods" to meet the residential requirements for benefits or pensions in New Zealand.
    • When former Canadian residents apply for a New Zealand benefit or pension and may also qualify for a Canadian benefit or pension, they must apply for that Canadian benefit or pension as well.

    Note: If you have resided in Canada or New Zealand for some time, you may qualify for benefits or pensions not covered by the Agreement.

    Note: Quebec has its own pension plan and this is not covered by the Agreement.

    Quebec pensions paid to people in New Zealand may still affect payment of New Zealand benefits or pensions.

    For information about the Quebec Pension Plan:

    Calling from Canada 1800 463 5185
    Calling outside of Canada 001 418 643 5185
    Website Québec Pension Plan

    This document only applies to benefits and pensions covered by the Agreement.

    For more information contact Service Canada or Work and Income. See below for contact details.

    Phrases used

    "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" describes a person who normally resides in New Zealand and intends to continue doing so. As there are a number of factors that prove "ordinarily resident in New Zealand", Work and Income decides this on a case by case basis.

    A partner is your spouse, or a person with whom you have a de facto relationship or are in a civil union with.

    Service Canada is the equivalent of Work and Income in New Zealand.

    "Canadian creditable period" means a period of Canadian residence or contributions which can be used to gain the right to a benefit under the legislation of Canada.

  • Getting a benefit or pension from Canada

    If you reside in Canada or you intend to, you may qualify for a benefit or pension from both Canada and New Zealand.

  • Getting New Zealand benefits or pensions in Canada

    Work and Income uses certain criteria to decide who can receive a New Zealand benefit or pension in Canada, and how much will be paid.

    Can I receive New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension?

    You may be able to receive either of these in Canada if:

    • you are paid New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension, or you meet the New Zealand criteria (except being ordinarily resident in New Zealand)
    • you have been resident and present in New Zealand for more than 10 years since the age of 20 with five years since the age of 50 (your ''Canadian creditable periods'' in Canada may be able to be used for this but you must have resided in New Zealand continuously for at least one year since age 20)
    • you are in Canada or New Zealand when you apply
    • you intend to reside in Canada for at least 26 weeks
    • you are 65 or over
    • you have the necessary service and disability qualifications (for Veteran's Pension).

    Note: You can receive either New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension, but not both.

    The living alone rate

    The single living alone rate is not paid to people residing in Canada.

    Non-qualified partners getting New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension

    Some people getting NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension have their non-qualified partner (a partner who doesn't meet the qualifications for NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension) included in their payments. This rate is subject to an income test. We stopped accepting new application for this from 9 November 2020. Anyone who was already getting this payment before this date can continue to get this payment as long as they still meet the criteria for it. The non-qualified partner rate cannot be paid if you leave New Zealand permanently.

    Can I receive the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind)?

    You may be able to receive the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) in Canada if:

    • you are being paid the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind), or you meet the New Zealand criteria (except being ordinarily resident in New Zealand)
    • you have been resident in New Zealand for at least two years continuously (your periods of creditable contributions under the Canada Pension Plan may be able to be used for this but you must have resided in New Zealand continuously for at least one year since age 20)
    • you are in Canada or New Zealand when you apply
    • you intend to reside in Canada for more than 26 weeks
    • you are 21 or over
    • you are permanently and severely restricted in your capacity to work because of a health condition, injury or disability or you are blind.

    What happens if I have a partner?

    When we pay the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) in Canada, we may also be able to include payments for partners, even if they work or have never resided in New Zealand.

    Can I receive the Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers?

    You may be able to receive the Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers in Canada if:

    • you are being paid the Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers, or you meet the New Zealand criteria (except being ordinarily resident in New Zealand)
    • you have been resident in New Zealand for at least two years continuously (your periods of creditable contributions under the Canada Pension Plan may be able to be used for this but you must have resided in New Zealand continuously for at least one year since age 20)
    • the ''Canadian creditable periods'' that your late partner contributed to the Canadian Pension Plan may be able to be treated as time you spent contributing to this (for Widow's Benefit)
    • any overlapping periods can only be counted once (for the Widow's Benefit)
    • you are in Canada or New Zealand when you apply
    • you intend to reside in Canada more than 26 weeks
    • you are 21 or over
    • you are the parent of one or more dependent children whose other parent is deceased.

    Note: Partners that died in Canada may be treated as if they died in New Zealand.

    Can I receive extra assistance?

    New Zealand supplementary benefits and allowances (Disability Allowance, Accommodation Supplement and Family Tax Credit (formerly Family Support)) are not paid to people residing outside New Zealand. They will usually stop the day after you leave New Zealand.

    If you reside in Canada, you may be able to receive extra help from Canada. Talk to Service Canada about this. See below for contact details.

    How do I apply for New Zealand benefits or pensions?

    You should apply before you leave New Zealand.

    Applying from New Zealand

    At least 4 weeks before you are due to leave New Zealand, you should call Work and Income to arrange an interview.

    At the interview, you (and your partner) will complete an application form that includes details of your periods of residence in New Zealand. This will help Work and Income work out how much you should be paid.

    These are the things you need to take to the interview:

    • your passport
    • another form of identification (driver's license or birth certificate, marriage certificate)
    • your travel itinerary or tickets
    • your New Zealand or overseas bank account details that you want your payments made to (bank book, bank statement or deposit slip)
    • any documentation that shows your intent to reside in Canada eg accommodation agreement
    • any other information that you think will be helpful.

    You may need to take additional items depending on your situation. You can check this when you call to arrange an interview.

    When will my payments begin?

    If you are already being paid a New Zealand benefit or pension, the new payment usually starts from the first payment date after you leave New Zealand.

    If you are not already being paid New Zealand Superannuation or Veterans Pension, payment will usually start from the date of your application or the entitlement date - whichever date is later.

    If you are not already paid Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers there may be a stand-down period before your payments begin.

    For more information, contact Work and Income. See below for contact details.

    Applying from Canada

    If you apply from Canada, payment does not usually start before the date you make your application. In some circumstances we may be able to pay you from the date that you applied for your Canadian pension.

    To apply for a New Zealand benefit or pension from Canada, contact Service Canada.

    You (and your partner) will need to complete an application form and provide proof of the time you resided in New Zealand. This can include testimonials, work references and letters from neighbours and friends (please provide their contact details).

    You will also need:

    • proof of your identity (your passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, or driver's licence)
    • your bank account details so that payments can be made to you (bank book, bank statement or deposit slip).

    See below for contact details.

    What if my circumstances change?

    Even if you are not residing in New Zealand, you must still tell Work and Income about any changes to your circumstances eg you marry or change address. You also need to advise Service Canada of these changes. See below for contact details.

    Life certificates and renewal forms

    Work and Income will send you life certificates if you receive New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension, or renewal forms if you receive Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) or Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers.

    Make sure you return your life certificate or renewal form to Work and Income promptly. Your benefit or pension payments are suspended if they are not returned within 8 weeks and cancelled if they are still not returned after 16 weeks.

    New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension

    A life certificate is issued every 12 months if you receive New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension while residing in Canada.

    In some cases a life certificate is issued every six months eg you use an agent, your New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension payments are made to a New Zealand bank account, or you are over 80.

    Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) or Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers

    If you receive one of these benefits, you will be sent a renewal form every 12 months.

  • Getting Canadian benefits or pensions in Canada

    Service Canada decides who can receive Canadian benefits or pensions and how much will be paid.

    The time you have resided in New Zealand may be able to be treated as ''Canadian creditable periods''. This means that you may be able to receive benefits or pensions under the Old Age Security Programme and/or the Canada Pension Plan.

    How do I apply for Canadian benefits and pensions?

    You should apply while in Canada. For more information, contact Service Canada. See below for contact details.

    How much will I be paid?

    New Zealand payments

    The rate you are paid depends on the New Zealand benefit or pension you apply for and the number of months you resided in New Zealand since you turned 20.

    If your payments are made to a Canadian bank account, the amount you receive will change each month depending on the exchange rate used to convert your payment from New Zealand dollars to Canadian dollars.

    New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension

    The rate you are paid is based on your date of birth and the number of months you have resided in New Zealand since turning 20. New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension are paid into Canada at a gross rate.

    If you qualify for New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension before you leave New Zealand and you have resided in New Zealand for 10 years since turning 20 with five years since turning 50, the minimum you can be paid is 50 per cent of the maximum rate.

    Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) or Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers

    • If you resided in New Zealand for 300 months or more since turning 20, you will receive the maximum rate.
    • If you resided in New Zealand for less than 300 months since turning 20, you will receive an amount based on the number of months you have resided in New Zealand since turning 20.

    These benefits are paid at the net rate.

    Note: The Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) or Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers are income-tested. This means that the rate you are paid depends on any other income that you have.

    Canadian payments

    Service Canada decides how much you will be paid. For more information, contact them. See below for contact details.

    How are payments made from New Zealand?

    You can choose to have your benefit or pension payments made:

    • to an overseas bank account every four weeks, or
    • to a New Zealand bank account every fortnight.

    If you choose to have your payments made to an overseas bank account, Work and Income will pay the initial cost of transferring the funds. You must pay for any other costs that your bank charges.

    If you choose to have your payments made to a New Zealand bank account, you must pay the cost of any transfers overseas.

    What tax will I have to pay?

    You may have to pay tax on New Zealand benefit or pension payments when you reside in Canada. For information, contact the Canadian tax authorities.

    If your New Zealand benefit or pension payments are being made into a New Zealand bank account you may need to pay tax to New Zealand Inland Revenue. Please contact them for more information, you may find their website address www.ird.govt.nz a useful place to start.

    What happens to my New Zealand benefit or pension if I leave Canada?

    If you move to another country, you may continue to receive your New Zealand benefit or pension depending on which country you move to.

    New Zealand has social security agreements with Australia, Denmark, Greece, Jersey and Guernsey, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. You will need to re-apply for your New Zealand benefit or pension under the appropriate agreement if you move to any of these countries.

    The Agreement between New Zealand and the United Kingdom does not allow for payment of New Zealand benefits and pensions in the United Kingdom. However you may be able to receive a United Kingdom benefit or pension.

    If you move from Canada to reside in a country which New Zealand does not have a social security agreement with, your New Zealand benefit or pension payments will stop.

    If you visit another country, a temporary absence of up to 26 weeks from Canada will not affect your benefit or pension payments.

    If your temporary absence from Canada is for more than 26 weeks, your payments will be affected from the date you leave Canada. You may have a debt which you will need to repay.

    Contact Senior Services International to discuss how a move or visit to another country will affect your benefit or pension payments. See below for contact details.

    What happens to my New Zealand benefit or pension if I return to New Zealand?

    If you return to New Zealand permanently, you may be paid the full New Zealand rate less any payment that you receive from Canada or another country. You will need to tell Work and Income about your return. See below for contact details.

    If you return to New Zealand for 26 weeks or less, you will receive the same rate of payment that you were getting in Canada.

  • Getting Canadian benefits or pensions in New Zealand

    Service Canada decides who can receive Canadian benefits and pensions and how much will be paid.

    If you have ''Canadian creditable periods'' you may meet the general criteria for Canadian benefits and pensions paid under the Old Age Security Programme and/or the Canada Pension Plan.

    For more information about Canadian benefits and pensions, contact Service Canada. See below for contact details.

    How do I apply for Canadian benefits and pensions?

    You should apply before you leave Canada.

    If you already reside in New Zealand, contact Work and Income. See below for contact details.

  • Getting New Zealand benefits or pensions in New Zealand

    Work and Income uses certain criteria to decide who can get a benefit or pension in New Zealand, and how much will be paid.

    Can I receive New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension?

    You may be able to receive either of these if you have resided in Canada and:

    • you meet the New Zealand criteria for New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension
    • you have been resident and present in New Zealand for more than 10 years since the age of 20 with five years since the age of 50 (your ''Canadian creditable periods'' may be able to be used for this)
    • you are ordinarily resident in New Zealand when you apply
    • you have been granted permanent residence in New Zealand by Immigration New Zealand, or you have New Zealand citizenship
    • you intend to reside in New Zealand
    • you are 65 or over (for New Zealand Superannuation)
    • you have the necessary service and disability qualifications (for Veteran's Pension).

    Note: You can receive either New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension, but not both.

    For more information about New Zealand Superannuation:

    For more information about Veteran's Pension:

    Non-qualified partners getting NZ Super and Veteran's Pension

    Some people getting NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension have their non-qualified partner (a partner who doesn't meet the qualifications for NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension) included in their payments. This rate is subject to an income test. We stopped accepting new applications for this from 9 November 2020. Anyone who was already getting this payment before this date can continue to get this payment as long as they still meet the criteria for it.

    The non-qualified partner rate cannot be paid if you move to Canada or leave New Zealand permanently.

    Can I get the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind)?

    You may be able to receive the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) if you have resided in Canada and:

    • you meet the New Zealand criteria for the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind)
    • you have been resident in New Zealand for at least two years continuously (your periods of creditable contributions to the Canada Pension Plan may be able to be used for this)
    • you are ordinarily resident in New Zealand when you apply
    • you have been granted permanent residence in New Zealand by Immigration New Zealand, or you have New Zealand citizenship
    • you are 16 or over
    • you are permanently and severely restricted in your capacity to work because of a health condition, injury or disability or you are totally blind.

    For more information about the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind), refer to:

    Can I get the Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers?

    You may be able to receive this if you have resided in Canada and:

    • you meet the New Zealand criteria for the Sole Parent Support widows and widowers
    • you have been resident in New Zealand for at least two years continuously (your periods of creditable contributions to the Canada Pension Plan may be able to be used for this)
    • you are ordinarily resident in New Zealand when you apply
    • you have been granted permanent residence in New Zealand by Immigration New Zealand, or you have New Zealand citizenship
    • you are 18 or over or you are under 18 years and were legally married or in a civil union (for Sole Parent Support widows and widowers)
    • you have a dependent child under the age of 14.

    Note: Partners that died in Canada may be treated as if they died in New Zealand.

    The Canadian creditable periods that your late partner gained under the Canadian Pension Plan may be able to be treated qualifying residence for the Sole Parent Support widows and widowers. Overlapping periods of residence and/or contributions can only be used once.

    For more information, visit:

    Can I get extra assistance?

    There are a number of supplementary benefits available in New Zealand. You may qualify for these depending on your circumstances.

    Please visit:

    How do I apply for a New Zealand benefit or pension?

    You should apply at a Work and Income office. To find out about applying, contact Work and Income. See below for contact details.

    When you make an application for a benefit or pension in New Zealand, you need:

    • proof of your identity (passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate or drivers’ licence)
    • your bank account details so that payments can be made to you (bank book, bank statement or deposit slip)
    • any other information that you think will be helpful.

    How much will I be paid?

    As a general rule, the amount you are paid is about equal to the New Zealand benefit or pension you would be paid if you had resided all your life in New Zealand.

    Work and Income decides how much you will be paid based on certain criteria. Any benefit or pension similar to a New Zealand benefit or pension from another country including Canada is usually deducted from your New Zealand payment.

    Other income you have may affect the amount paid to you if you are applying for an income-tested benefit

    How is this done?

    Your Canadian benefit or pension is paid from Canada to your bank account.

    Your Canadian benefit or pension is converted each month to New Zealand dollars. This amount is directly deducted from your New Zealand benefit or pension. This means that the payments you receive from Canada and New Zealand will change each month due to fluctuations in exchange rates.

    Each month Work and Income will send you a letter explaining how your New Zealand benefit or pension payment rate was worked out. If you don't want to receive these, please let us know.

    For a majority of countries we use an average exchange rate between the overseas currency and the New Zealand dollar over a specific period (the 16th of one month to the 15th of the next).

    Some countries notify us of the actual exchange rate or sometimes more than one exchange rate they used to pay their pensions in New Zealand. With these countries we use the either actual exchange rate or the average of the exchange rates for the month whichever is the most advantageous to you.

    Note: The rate of the Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind), Sole Parent Support widows and widowers, NZ Super and Veteran's Pension paid to those under 65 (and where a non-qualified partner has been included) depends on any other income you have.

    How are payments made from Canada?

    For information on how payments are made from Canada contact Service Canada. See below for contact details.

    What tax will I have to pay?

    You may need to pay tax in Canada on your Canadian benefit or pension. If your Canadian benefit or pension is liable for tax in Canada you may be able to get a rebate on your New Zealand tax.

    You may have to pay New Zealand tax on your Canadian benefit or pension if you also receive New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension.

    This is regardless of whether your Canadian benefit or pension is paid into a New Zealand or Canadian bank account.

    Make sure you keep copies of all your banking records, as these may show your gross Canadian pension payments required for tax purposes.

    We recommend you discuss your tax liabilities with Inland Revenue (New Zealand).

    When I may not have to pay tax

    You may not have to pay tax on your Canadian benefit or pension in New Zealand, if you are paid a New Zealand benefit other than New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension.

    This is because your gross Canadian pension is directly deducted from your net New Zealand entitlement.

    We recommend you discuss your tax liabilities with Inland Revenue (New Zealand).

    What happens to my New Zealand benefit or pension if I leave New Zealand?

    If you leave New Zealand temporarily, you must advise Work and Income. You may continue to receive your benefit or pension but it may be paid at a different rate or not be paid at all depending on the length of time you are away and the country you are in.

    Note: If you are receiving New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension and you only intend to travel overseas temporarily:

    If you move to another country, you may be able to continue to receive your New Zealand benefit or pension depending on what type of benefit or pension you are receiving and which country you move to.

    Advise Work and Income of your plans so there's less chance that you will be overpaid and required to make repayments later.

    Carrying out full-time voluntary humanitarian work

    If you go overseas temporarily to do full-time voluntary humanitarian work with an approved aid agency, you may be able to receive your New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension for up to 156 weeks. You need to check with Work and Income before you go.

    What happens to my New Zealand benefit or pension if I return to Canada?

    If you return to Canada temporarily you must advise Work and Income. You may be able to continue to receive your benefit or pension depending on what type of benefit or pension you are receiving and the length of time you are away.

    If you move back to Canada, your benefit or pension may be suspended or cancelled, depending on what type of benefit or pension you are receiving and the length of time you are away. In certain cases, you can take your New Zealand benefit or pension payment with you, but the rate may change. You can apply to receive payments in Canada before you depart New Zealand.

    Advise Work and Income of your plans so there's less chance that you will be overpaid and then required to make repayments later.

    For more information about how leaving New Zealand may affect your benefit or pension payment, refer to the following guides:

  • Legislation

    A copy of the Social Welfare (Reciprocity with Canada) Order 1996 (the Agreement) can be found here on the New Zealand Legislation website:

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    If my partner is under 65 and is included in my New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension, and we move to Canada, is my rate affected?

    Yes. New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension payments into Canada do not include payments for partners under age 65.

    Will I continue to receive extra assistance from New Zealand (in addition to my benefit or pension) if I move to Canada?

    No. Extra assistance (Accommodation Supplement, Disability Allowance and Family Tax Credit (formerly Family Support)) is only paid to people residing in New Zealand.

    Who decides how much I will be paid?

    Service Canada decides who can receive a Canadian benefit or pension and how much will be paid. Work and Income in New Zealand decides who can receive a New Zealand benefit or pension and how much will be paid.

    What happens to the information I provide Work and Income?

    Any application forms you complete for New Zealand benefits or pensions may be compared with information held by Service Canada or Work and Income. Work and Income check your identity and residency status.

    Work and Income may compare information with Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand Customs Service, the Department of Internal Affairs, ACC, Kāinga Ora (used to be Housing New Zealand) and Immigration New Zealand. Work and Income may pass this information on to Service Canada as well.

    In certain circumstances, Work and Income may approach other governments from whom you may be able to receive a similar benefit or pension.
    Under the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993, you have the right to request all information we hold about you and corrections to that information.

    What happens if I'm in New Zealand and my Canadian benefit or pension is higher than my New Zealand benefit or pension?

    You will be paid your full Canadian benefit or pension but not a New Zealand benefit or pension.

    If your partner is getting a New Zealand benefit, such as Jobseeker Support or Supported Living Payment, any excess amount from your Canadian pension will be deducted from your partner’s New Zealand benefit.

    If your partner is getting NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension, your Canadian pension does not affect their payments. Also, if your partner receives an overseas pension but does not receive any New Zealand benefit their overseas pension does not affect their partner's NZ Super or Veteran's Pension payments.

    If a person is included in their partner’s NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension as a non-qualified partner, the amount of Canadian pension will be deducted from their payment, and the remaining NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension amount will be divided equally between the two of you.

    I'm leaving New Zealand to reside in Canada, but would like to travel first. How is my benefit or pension affected?

    If you intend to live in Canada for over 26 weeks you may take up to 26 weeks from leaving New Zealand to reside there eg you take a three month holiday in the United States first. In this instance, you would be considered ordinarily resident in Canada for benefit and pension purposes.

    If you want to travel for more than 26 weeks before beginning to reside in Canada you may, depending on the amount of time you have spent in New Zealand, be entitled to receive up to 100% of your payments of New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension. Once you begin to reside in Canada, you will need to apply under the Agreement so that payment of your New Zealand Superannuation can continue. You can only use this option if you are entitled to receive, or are receiving New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension before departing from New Zealand.

    For more information on leaving New Zealand if you get a pension or benefit

    Can I receive back-dated payments for New Zealand benefits or pensions?

    No. You will be paid from the date that Work and Income receives your application or your entitlement date - whichever is later.

    If you qualify for a Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind), or or Sole Parent Support for widows and widowers, there may be a stand-down period. Payment begins after that period.

    Can I choose not to apply for a Canadian benefit or pension or a benefit or pension from another country if I am paid a New Zealand benefit or pension?

    No. You are legally required to apply for any overseas benefit or pension that you may be entitled to.

    I have been travelling through Canada for more than 26 weeks while receiving payment of New Zealand Superannuation overseas. I had the intention of returning to New Zealand at the end of my travels but have now decided to reside in Canada, what should I do?

    If you begin to reside in Canada you will need to apply for payment to be made under the Agreement. Please contact us immediately to make sure you continue to receive your full and correct entitlement. We will then let you know what you need to do.

    You should also contact Service Canada in Canada. See back page for contact details.

    I have been residing in Canada and am currently receiving payments of New Zealand Superannuation from Senior Services International. I have decided that I would like to travel overseas for a year. Can I receive my New Zealand Superannuation while I do this?

    The Agreement only allows you to be paid for temporary absences of up to 26 weeks. If you intend to travel outside of Canada for a period longer than 26 weeks, you will not be entitled to any payment of New Zealand Superannuation during your absence. Please contact Senior Services International to discuss this further.

  • Contacts

    For Canada contact details go to our overseas pensions agency contact details page.

    If you write to International Operations, you should include:

    • your full name, full address and date of birth
    • a list of all the countries you have resided in
    • your Canadian reference number.

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For more information contact the International Services Team