Often when you're not able to continue working, you're also facing many other life challenges, including financial. The good news is you may qualify for a LAPP disability pension.
You're Eligible for a LAPP Disability Pension If:
How Is a LAPP Disability Pension Calculated?
A disability pension from LAPP is calculated based on your age, years of service in the Plan, and your highest average salary. The pension will be paid as long as you live, unless you return to work or no longer qualify. Once your disability pension begins, we will contact you from time to time to verify your disability status.
You're incapable of effectively performing regular work duties as a result of your disability.
You're suffering from a disability that is reasonably expected to last the rest of your lifetime and prevents you from engaging in any gainful employment.
Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plans and How They Relate to LAPP Disability Pensions
|Type of LTD Plan||Is It An LTD Plan Filed With LAPP?||Result:|
|No LTD Plan Coverage.||N/A.||May be eligible to apply.|
|LTD Sponsored by your Employer.||Yes.||Not eligible at this time.|
|LTD Sponsored by your Employer.||No.||May be eligible to apply if you resign or move to a non-LAPP participating position.|
|Temporary Partial or Total Disability Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) benefit.||Yes.||Not eligible at this time.|
|Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) Income Replacement (WCB has determined you're not able to return to work).||N/A.||May be eligible to apply.|
How Do I Apply For a Disability Pension?
If you and your doctor(s) decide you're not able to continue working, complete the Disability Retirement Benefits Application Form and Confidential Medical Statement.
If you're off work while disabled and receiving a benefit from a disability plan filed with LAPP, or a WCB temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefit, you're not able to receive a LAPP disability pension. You can apply for a LAPP disability pension when you're no longer eligible to receive LTD benefits or WCB Income Replacement.
You'll continue to be a LAPP member while you're receiving pay from an LTD plan filed with LAPP or from WCB Income Replacement. You must pay LAPP pension contributions as if you were still at work receiving your income before becoming disabled. The time that you receive pay from a filed LTD plan or WCB income replacement will count towards the service you have in LAPP.
You won't be able to apply for a disability pension unless you resign or move to a non-LAPP participating position, but you'll have the choice to buy that service as a period of leave.
If you've been diagnosed with an illness or disability that is terminal or will shorten your life expectancy considerably, you may be eligible to access all or a portion of your LAPP benefit entitlement.
Please visit the Shortened Life Expectancy page for more information.