How to apply for a disability pension
Find out how to apply for a disability pension if you are totally and permanently disabled.
If you are totally and permanently disabled before age 60 (55 if you are a member of certain designated public safety occupations), you may be eligible for a disability pension from BC’s Public Service Pension Plan. This pays you a monthly pension for your lifetime and replaces any termination benefits or retirement pension you would normally receive as a plan member.
If you are eligible for a disability pension, write to us within two years from when you were last credited with service in the plan to let us know you want to apply. If you're unsure when you were last credited with service, contact us.
After we receive your letter:
- We will provide you an estimate of the monthly disability pension you may be entitled to receive and summarize next steps
- You must send us a medical report from your doctor describing the nature of your disability
- The plan will also appoint a doctor who will meet with you and prepare a second medical report
- Both doctors must confirm that you are totally and permanently disabled
- We will review all your information and let you know if your application for a disability pension has been approved
If we approve your application, we will pay your disability pension based on the pension option you choose.There is no bridge benefit with a disability pension.
You may also be eligible for a separate disability pension from Canada Pension Plan.