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Social Security Agreement between Canada and Japan
The Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Japan was signed on 15 February 2006.
Questions and Answers:
|Q.1. Who is affected by this Agreement?|
A.1. People who have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and to the Japanese pension program may qualify for Canadian and Japanese benefits under the two programs. Also, anyone who has lived in Canada for at least one year after age 18 and from 1 January 1952 and contributed to the Japanese pension program from the same age and date may qualify for Canadian Old Age Security (OAS) benefits.
In addition, the Agreement will affect people who are sent to work in the other country. They will continue to contribute to their home country's pension program and be exempt from contributing to their host country's pension program, thus ensuring continuity of social security coverage.
|Q.2. When will the Agreement enter into force?|
A.2. The Agreement will enter into force once both countries have completed the approval procedures specified in their legislation. It is anticipated that the Agreement will enter into force in late 2007.
|Q.3. Given that the Agreement was signed on 15 February 2006, why will it take so long for it to come into force?|
A.3. Before agreements can come into force, legislative requirements must be met by both countries and specific processes must be established for the administration of the Agreement. This can take some time.
|Q.4. Where can I get more information about the Agreement with Japan?|
A.4. An information sheet on qualifying for Canadian and Japanese benefits is available online. I can send you a copy if you do not have Internet access. This information sheet can be accessed through our website at: www.servicecanada.gc.ca
|Q.5. Who can I contact if I have additional questions about the Canada/Japan Agreement?|
A.5. Please contact Service Canada at:
Tel: (613) 957-1954
E-mail: "Contact Us" page at www.servicecanada.gc.ca
Fax: (613) 952-8901
If you live in Canada or the United States you can also contact Service Canada, free of charge, at:
1 800 454-8731
TDD : 1 800 255-4786
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