Certificate of existence for pensions [fr]

If you are retired and receive a pension paid by a French pension fund, you must regularly prove your existence by submitting a certificate of existence (or certificate of life, certificat de vie/certificat d’existence in French)

Before paying your pension, your pension funds (public and private) must ensure that you are still alive. You must therefore prove your existence by providing a certificate to the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse (CNAV, national pension fund) and / or any other supplementary pension fund.

Who can sign your certificate of existence (or life certificate)?

To filla certificate of existence, a notice from the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse (CNAV) specifies that the persons concerned must present themselves in person to the local authorities (see below for Ontario and Manitoba) in order to have the multilingual form signed and then send it back to their managing body.

Once signed, send the form to your pension fund in France as well as the certificate of the consulate downloadable here.

In Ontario and Manitoba, you must contact the local authorities which are:

- a town hall (City Hall, with a Deputy City Clerk);
- a notary (Notary public),
- commissioner of oaths. To find the commissioner for oaths closest to you, you can consult the following websites:

You must go to one of these local authorities with your pre-filled form and a piece of identification.

IMPORTANT: Consulates are no longer authorized to sign these documents.
Thus, as of May 1, 2019, the Consulate General of France in Toronto (in Toronto but also on consular tours in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Sudbury and, if applicable, other cities), as well as the Honorary Consul in Sudbury and the Honorary Consul in Winnipeg, will no longer be able to sign your life certificates.

Certificates of existence issued by authorized local authorities are admissible by all pension funds. The pension funds were informed that consulates are no longer authorized to issue such documents.

Last modified on 15/04/2019

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