Written by Aditya Raghunath at The Motley Fool Canada
The Canada Pension Plan, or CPP is a monthly, taxable benefit that replaces a part of your income in retirement. To qualify for the CPP, you must be over the age of 60 with at least one valid contribution to the pension plan.
These valid contributions can be from the work you did in Canada. You can also receive CPP credits from a former spouse or partner at the end of the relationship.
The amount you receive via the CPP each month depends on multiple factors:
Your average earnings throughout your working life
Your total CPP contributions (which is based on your earnings)
The age you decide to start the CPP
When should you begin CPP payments?
The standard age to start receiving the CPP is 65. But you can begin these payments by the age of 60 or delay it to the age of 70. Canadians should note that the CPP will reduce by 0.6% each month if they choose to start it before 65. So, the payout will decline by 36% if it starts at the age of 60. Alternatively, the CPP will increase by 0.7% each month, or 8.4% per year, if you begin the payment after age 65.
The maximum monthly amount 65-year-old CPP pensioners could receive in 2023 is $1,306.57, while the average CPP amount is much lower at $772.71.
The estimated monthly expenses (without rent) for an individual living in Canada are close to $1,400, which is much more than the average CPP payout. So, you need to supplement the CPP with other income sources to lead a comfortable life in retirement.
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