CPP age rules need to be changed

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Widow chal­lenges feds over CPP ben­e­fits (May 1)

It is dis­turb­ing to imagine that after the loss of a spouse, one will not be able to ob­tain CPP un­less they have kids or are over 35. Even though CPP has changed, it seems they have to yet to change the old rules which no longer ap­ply to our cur­rent day and age.

It is un­fair to Jil­ian who has to deal with not only the loss of her hus­band, but also the costs that soon fol­low. Ev­ery­one’s sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent and the rules that the CPP has shouldn’t be im­posed so tightly. A bet­ter way to han­dle this would be to give ben­e­fits when the spouse turns 35. This would have worked for Jil­lian, since her birth­day was 10 weeks after the ac­ci­dent. Sadly this is not the case, and this in­jus­tice will con­tinue. Nadeem Mirza, Hamil­ton

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