“Our government is committed to ensuring the retirement security of Canadians, whether they have lived or worked in Canada or abroad. This agreement demonstrates the ongoing spirit of partnership and cooperation between our two countries and recognizes the valuable contribution that Bulgarian Canadians have made to making Canada stronger. If you are the widow, widower, child or person entitled to someone who has contributed to the retirement programs of both countries, this agreement can help you qualify: the Canadian government`s international social security agreements only cover Canada`s old age and pension benefits. If you have contributed to the PQ, but not to the CPC, please contact the Quebec Pension Plan. If you did not contribute to the program to qualify for a Bulgarian Old Age Pension under the agreement, Bulgaria takes into account the contribution periods to the Canada pension scheme and the periods of stay in Canada after 18 years as eligible periods under the Bulgarian pension program. In order to determine eligibility for Bulgarian disability benefits, Bulgaria will consider contribution periods to the Canada pension scheme as eligible periods under the Bulgarian Social Security Program. In determining the right to Bulgarian survival benefits, the deceased`s contribution periods to the Canada pension plan and, in some cases, periods of stay in Canada are considered eligible periods under the Bulgarian Social Security program. Canada has signed 57 international social security conventions (or conventions), 54 of which are in force, With the following countries: If you have lived in Canada or have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan and contributed to the Bulgarian pension program, this agreement can help you qualify for: Media Relations Office Employment and Social Development Canada 819-994-5559 email@example.com Follow us on Twitter Employment and Social Development Canada People Government and Policy Economy and Industry If you wish to obtain Canadian benefits, consult pensions in Canada. The Canadian pension programs included in the agreement are the Canada Retirement Plan (CPP) and the Old Age Security Program (OAS). Philippines Poland Portugal Romania St. Kitts and Nevis St.
Lucie St. Vincent and the Grenadines Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Trinidad and Tobago Turkey United Kingdom United Kingdom Uruguay If you are not entitled to a Canada pension benefit based on your contributions to the CPC, Canada will consider your periods in the Bulgarian pension program as contribution periods to Canada`s retirement plan. March 1, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canada Employment and Social Development The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Multiculturalism, announced that the Social Security Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Bulgaria will come into force today, March 1, 2014. This agreement will allow Canada and Bulgaria to better coordinate pension benefits and contributions for people who have lived or worked in both countries. The agreement will coordinate the implementation of Canada`s old age insurance programs and Canada`s pension plan with Bulgaria`s comparable pension plans.