Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 15, 2009 11:00 ET

Minister Finley and Marek Ciesielczuk, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, Celebrate Canada-Poland Agreement on Social Security

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, together with Marek Ciesielczuk, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, today celebrated the coming into force of the Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Poland, on October 1, 2009.

"This Agreement demonstrates the spirit of partnership and caring that has always characterized the relationship between Canada and the Republic of Poland's," said Minister Finley. "Now, Canadians and Poles who have contributed to either or both countries' social security system will benefit from these contributions."

"This agreement will have a very positive effect on people in both Canada and Poland. It recognizes the valuable contribution they have made to society during their working life. It also ensures that they will qualify for pensions when they become elderly, sick or disabled," said Consul General Ciesielczuk.

"This Agreement will make it easier for Canadians who have lived and worked in Poland, and Polish nationals who have lived and worked in Canada, to qualify for public pension benefits from either or both countries," added Minister Kent. "Through this agreement, we can coordinate Canada's Old Age Security program and the Canada Pension Plan with the comparable program in Poland."

The Canada-Poland Agreement was signed on April 2, 2008, and entered into force October 1, 2009. Canada now has 50 agreements of this kind in force with other countries.

Social security agreements between Canada and other countries help people who have lived or worked in both Canada and another country to qualify for old age, retirement, disability, or survivor benefits from both countries. The Agreement applies to Canada's Old Age Security (OAS) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and the comparable pension program of Poland.

The Agreement will:

- reduce restrictions that may prevent Canadians from receiving pension benefits from Poland;

- reduce restrictions on the payment of Canadian benefits to pensioners residing in Poland;

- permit continuity of social security coverage when Canadians are working in Poland; and

- make it easier to become eligible for benefits by adding together periods of social security coverage in both countries.

The Agreement will also result in savings for Canadian companies operating in Poland. Canadian companies will continue to make CPP contributions for their Canadian employees sent to work in Poland, and will be exempt from making Polish social security contributions. This translates directly into enhanced competitiveness for Canadian companies operating in Poland.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office