Social Security Tribunal of Canada

Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement Appeal Division: When to appeal by

After you get your decision from the General Division, you have 90 days to appeal.

If your appeal is late

If you appeal after the 90-day deadline, we may not accept your appeal. If your appeal is late, explain why on your Application to the Appeal Division – Income Security form. You must have a reasonable explanation for why your appeal is late.

You can send us documents to support your explanation. For example, if you were sick, send us a copy of your doctor’s report.

An Appeal Division member will look at your explanation and decide whether it’s reasonable. If it is, the member will allow your appeal to go to the next step even though it’s late. This is called giving you an “extension of time.”

The law says a member can’t give you an extension of time if you send us your appeal more than 1 year after you received your General Division decision. Members have to follow what the law says.

If the member says your appeal is late and doesn’t give you an extension of time, we’ll close your appeal file. The General Division decision will remain in effect.

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