Your CPP/QPP benefits are designed to start when you're 65, but you can also take payments early or late (up to age 70), depending on your lifestyle and income needs in retirement.
If you need the money sooner, keep in mind that your CPP/QPP benefits will be reduced by a certain amount—the exact amount depends on your plan (CPP vs QPP) and other things. Before you decide to take payments early, make sure there aren't other income sources you could tap into first.
If you hold off on taking CPP/QPP, you will enjoy a larger payment. As an example, for an average Canadian who takes CPP at age 60 instead of 70, the difference in the benefit amount could be $539.71/month1. What's the best option for you?
If you need the money, there's no penalty to start CPP/QPP payments when you turn 65. Your payments can't be reduced based on your income level, and you can even share CPP/QPP income with your spouse to possibly reduce your family's tax bill.
How does my age affect the amount of my payout? Will continuing to work affect my payments? What happens if I'm divorced or widowed?
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