Social Security Tribunal of Canada

Canada Pension Plan disability Appeal Division: How to appeal

Asking for permission to appeal

The form asks you to explain why you think the General Division made a mistake or if you have new evidence that you didn’t present to the General Division. At this stage, you need to convince the Appeal Division to allow your appeal to go ahead. This is called getting “leave to appeal.” The Appeal Division can only consider specific criteria. You have to show the Appeal Division that you have a reasonable argument or that you have new evidence.


There’s no fee to appeal to the Social Security Tribunal (SST).

But, you will have to pay costs related to your appeal such as:

  • making photocopies of documents you want to send to us
  • sending documents to us by Canada Post or a courier service
  • paying a health professional to write a report for you
  • hiring a representative
  • translating documents into either English or French
  • travelling to an in-person hearing

In very rare cases, if you’re required to attend a hearing, you may be able to get reimbursed for travel expenses, living expenses or lost income. The SST chairperson decides if there are special reasons that justify a reimbursement. See section 63(1) of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act.

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