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Certificate “of life” for pensioners residing in Canada

Certificate “of life” for pensioners residing in Canada

If you are a permanent resident of Canada and you receive a pension from a Greek institution you are periodically required to provide a certificate proving you are alive so your pension does not get cut off.

Instructions by Institution

If you are receiving a pension from the institution formerly known as IKA-ETAM you must visit the Consulate once a year between October and December to submit the “declaration of the beneficiary of pension”.

1) Download, print and fill out the “declaration of the beneficiary of pension from IKA-ETAM”, but do not sign it.

2) Contact the competent Greek Consular Authority in Canada to book an appointment

Embassy of Greece in Ottawa

Consulate General in Vancouver

Consulate General in Montreal

Consulate General in Toronto - available via MyConsulLive

3) On the day of your appointment you need to have the declaration with all your personal information filled out, as well as a valid photo ID (Canadian passport, Greek passport, or Greek police ID issued in the last 15 years). During your visit at the competent Consulate you will sign the declaration, witnessed by a consular employee and you will pay 10 euro in Canadian dollars according to the exchange rate of that month which is indicated at the end of this webpage.

4) Once the declaration has been completed and stamped you will mail it to the following address:

Περιφερειακό Υποκατάστημα ΙΚΑ-ΕΤΑΜ Αθηνών

Τμήμα Πληρωμών Συντάξεων Κατοίκων Εξωτερικού

Αγησιλάου 48

10436 Αθήνα

If you receive a pension from the institution formerly known as OGA and the money is deposited directly into a Canadian bank account, you have to come to submit a “declaration of a beneficiary living abroad”, every two years.

1) Download, print and fill out the “declaration of beneficiary living abroad for OGA”. Do not sign it.

2) Contact the competent Greek Consular Authority in Canada to book an appointment:

Embassy of Greece in Ottawa

Consulate General in Vancouver

Consulate General in Montreal

Consulate General in Toronto - available via MyConsulLive

3) On the day of your appointment you need to have the declaration with all your personal information filled out, as well as a valid photo ID (Canadian passport, Greek passport, or Greek police ID issued in the last 15 years). During your visit at the competent Consulate you will sign the declaration, witnessed by a consular employee and you will pay 10 euro in Canadian dollars according to the exchange rate of that month which is indicated at the end of this webpage.

4) Once the declaration has been completed and stamped you will mail it to the following address:

ΟΓΑ – Κλάδος Μητρώου Συνταξιούχων και πληρωμής συντάξεων

Τμήμα Ι1 Μητρώου Συνταξιούχων

Πατησίων 30

ΤΚ 10170 Αθήνα

If you receive a pension from the institution formerly known as OGA and the money is deposited into a Greek bank account, you have to come to submit adeclaration every two years following the instructions outlined below.

1) Download, print and fill out the affirmation for a beneficiary residing abroad for OGA. Do not sign it.

2) Contact the competent Greek Consular Authority in Canada to book an appointment:

Embassy of Greece in Ottawa

Consulate General in Vancouver

Consulate General in Montreal

Consulate General in Toronto - available via MyConsulLive

3) On the day of your appointment you need to have the declaration with all your personal information filled out, as well as a valid photo ID (Canadian passport, Greek passport, or Greek police ID issued in the last 15 years). During your visit at the Competent Consular Office you will sign the declaration, witnessed by a consular employee. If you have valid Greek passport or recent Greek police ID you will pay 10 euro in Canadian dollars according to the exchange rate of that month which is indicated at the end of our home page on our website. If you have a valid Canadian passport you will pay 30 euro in Canadian dollars according to the exchange rate of that month which is indicated at the end of this webpage.

4) Once the declaration has been completed and stamped you will mail it to the following address:

ΟΓΑ – Κλάδος Μητρώου Συνταξιούχων και πληρωμής συντάξεων

Τμήμα Ι1 Μητρώου Συνταξιούχων

Πατησίων 30

ΤΚ 10170 Αθήνα

If you receive a pension from the institution formerly known as PSHO (Public sector), you will have to submit a special certificate once every six months, which is issued by the competent Greek Consular Authority:

1) Contact the competent Greek Consular Authority in Canada to book an appointment:

Embassy of Greece in Ottawa

Consulate General in Vancouver

Consulate General in Montreal

Consulate General in Toronto - available via MyConsulLive

2) On the day of your appointment you need to have a valid photo ID (Canadian passport, Greek passport, or Greek police ID issued in the last 15 years), as well as your Insurance Registration Number.  The cost is 10 euro in Canadian dollars according to the exchange rate of that month which is indicated at the end of this webpage.

Last Updated Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Please note that all prices mentioned throughout the website are in Euros. The exchange rate changes once a month and the rate is valid throughout that month. This page will be updated at the first of each month.

The exchange rate for April 2021 is:
1 EURO = 1.50 CAD for Consular Service
1 EURO = 1.50 CAD for the Visa Section

Please note that we only accept cash, in Canadian Dollars.

We DO NOT accept credit cards, debit cards or personal checks.

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