Appealing a Decision to a Review Tribunal Under the Canada Pension Plan
You have appealed to the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals (OCRT) because you are not satisfied with a decision made by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) about your Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Old Age Security (OAS) benefit.
This brochure explains the important things you need to know about your appeal including:
Would you like a quick glance at the appeal process?
Please refer to page 14 for a quick snapshot of the appeal process designed to prepare you for your hearing. It will provide you with approximate timeframes and step-by-step details including what you need to do.
Remember, your appeal is your chance to explain to an independent and impartial Review Tribunal why you believe you meet the requirements for the benefit. The Tribunal does not act on behalf of the Appellant, the Minister of HRSDC or any other party to the appeal. It will hear all the parties and will take a fresh look at your case. Therefore, you need to be prepared to explain clearly why you feel you should receive the benefit you applied to HRSDC for.
If you live outside of Canada you must complete the questionnaire For Those Living Outside of Canada. We sent it with your acknowledgement letter. It is also available on our website: www.reviewtribunals.gc.ca.
To help you better understand terms used in the appeal process, you will find a glossary at the end of this brochure.