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Ottawa, Ontario, June 20, 2012—The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today signed a revised Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Norway. The Agreement was also signed by Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland, Norway’s Ambassador to Canada, in Ottawa.

“Our government is committed to ensuring retirement security for Canadians whether here or abroad, and I am pleased that we are announcing increased benefits to both Canadians and Norwegians,” said Minister Finley. “This Agreement represents yet another step forward in strengthening the relationship and cooperation between our two countries.”

As a result of the Agreement, more than 1 000 Canadian residents of Norwegian descent will receive an increased pension from Norway.

The Agreement between Canada and Norway will enter into force once both countries have completed the approval procedures specified in their respective legislation. To date, Canada has concluded 54 international social security agreements, 53 of which are in force.

An Agreement between Canada and Norway first came into force in 1990. The revised social security agreement will result in added benefits to both countries.

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Marian Ngo
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

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Human Resources and
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819-994-5559

 


Backgrounder


An international social security agreement provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits to eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country, or to the surviving spouse, common-law partner or children of eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country.

Canada has signed international social security agreements with 54 countries, 53 of which are in force.

 Antigua and Barbuda
 Australia
 Austria
 Barbados
 Belgium
 Chile
 Croatia
 Cyprus
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 Dominica
 Estonia
 Finland
 France
 Germany
 Greece
 Grenada

 Hungary
 Iceland
 Ireland
 Israel
 Italy
 Jamaica
 Japan
 Jersey/Guernsey
 Korea
 Latvia
 Lithuania
 Luxembourg
 Republic of Macedonia
 Malta
 Mexico
 Morocco
 Netherlands
 New Zealand

 Norway
 Philippines
 Poland
 Portugal
 Romania
 St. Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the
 Grenadines
 Slovak Republic
 Slovenia
 Spain
 Sweden
 Switzerland
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Turkey
 United Kingdom
 United States
 Uruguay


An Agreement has also been signed with Brazil, but is not yet in force.


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