The following documents and publications are available from the OCRT:
Guides and information sheets
OCRT Annual Reports
- Report 5 - Listening to Canadians: A First View of the Future of the Canada Pension Plan (Disability) Program (Presented to the House on June 12, 2003)
- Report of the Panel Member Task Forces. Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals, March 2003.
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Summary - This Task Force Report reflects the opinions of eight Review Tribunal Panel Members and presents their recommendations to make the appeal process under the disability provisions of the Canada Pension Plan function more fairly and efficently. This Task Force Report was presented by the Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner of Review Tribunals CPP/OAS to the Parliamentary Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in April 2003 in Ottawa.
- Wrestling With The Poor Cousin: Canada Pension Plan Disability Policy and Practice, 1964-2001, by Michael J. Prince, University of Victoria, June 2002.
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Summary - This paper offers a policy and political history of the disability benefit component of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), the "poor cousin" of this public contributory pension plan. Broad policy trends and program developments are the focus, highlighting the role of Ministers, Members of Parliament, public servants, policy advisors and other political actors. To do so, the paper examines the pension reform agendas and records of the Pearson, Trudeau, Mulroney and Chrétien governments. The analysis covers the origins, early implementation, liberalization of benefits, and the more recent restraint and reorientation of the disability benefit program.
- Background on CPP Disability and Private Insurance. by Sue Lott, Consultant, April 2002.
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Summary - This report explores the private disability insurance, the insurance industry, and how the public and private systems interact, in order to better understand the relationship between the two forms of disability benefits.
- The Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit, by Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute of Social Policy, February 2002.
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Summary - This report presents aspects of the history of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit. This document is divided into several sections. Section 1 describes briefly the history of the CPP, its strengths as a national program and how the CPP works. Section 2 outlines the unique features afforded by the Plan. The CPP disability benefit, in particular, is discussed in Section 3. Section 4 presents trends in caseloads and cost data for the CPP disability benefit. Section 6 examines the appeals process. In Section 7, the CPP disability benefit is explored from a comparative perspective - relative both to the QPP and to international experience. Section 8 discusses the CPP disability benefit within the context of the broader income security system for persons with disabilities. The final section considers short and long term options for reform.
- OCRT Client Satisfaction Surveys Final Report, prepared by Environics Reseach Group
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OCRT Press Release - Client Satisfaction Survey
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Guy Arseneault, Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals, appeared before the Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and tabled a Client Satisfaction Survey, prepared by Environics Research Group...
Backgrounder on Client Satisfaction Surveys
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Environics Research Group is pleased to present this summary of qualitative and quantitative research findings to the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals. These findings are based on two surveys, one national survey of 1,406 Appellants, and one survey of 202 Non-Appellants, both 18 years of age or older. The national survey of Appellants was conducted between April 4-26, 2002, while the survey of Non-Appellants was conducted between April 17-24, 2002...