Social Security Tribunal of Canada

Appealing on behalf of a deceased person

How to start or continue an appeal on behalf of a deceased person depends on where the person was in their appeal process when they died. 

If Service Canada’s reconsideration decision is addressed to you (the estate representative)

You can appeal to the Social Security Tribunal (SST) on behalf of the estate and follow the regular appeal process.

Learn more about the appeal process for:

If Service Canada’s reconsideration decision is addressed to the deceased person

The person may or may not have started their appeal before they died. If you want to start or continue an appeal on their behalf, you’ll need to send us:

  1. Proof of death
    You can send us a copy of 1 of these documents:
    • the death certificate
    • the court order appointing you as the administrator, estate trustee or liquidator
    • the probated will
  2. A completed and signed Solemn Declaration form
    You can contact us to get the form. On the form, you’ll need to tell us why you should represent the estate.

    If available, send us a copy of 1 of these documents:
    • the will (probated or not) naming you as the executor or liquidator
    • the court order appointing you as the administrator, estate trustee or liquidator
    • the designation or agreement naming you as the liquidator

Once we receive the documents, we'll review them. We’ll contact you as soon as possible to tell you about the next steps.

You can contact us if you have questions.

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