If you develop a severe permanent disability that prevents you from participating in an apprenticeship program and the labour force for the rest of your life, you may be able to have your apprentice loans forgiven through the Severe Permanent Disability Benefit.

Enrolment is not automatic-you must apply for the Severe Permanent Disability Benefit. Under this benefit, you would not be eligible to receive any additional Canada Student Loans or Canada Apprentice Loans.

Note: If you have a permanent disability that does not fall under the definition of severe, you may qualify for the Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability.

Eligibility

Contact us to find out if you are eligible to apply for this benefit.

You may be eligible for the Severe Permanent Disability Benefit if:

  • you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • you have a severe permanent disability that prevents you from working and participating in technical training on a full- or part-time basis; and
  • your severe permanent disability is expected to prevent you from performing these activities for the rest of your life.

Information You Need before You Start

If you are acting on behalf of an applicant, you must provide proof of authorization to represent that person (e.g. power of attorney, trustee or guardian appointment).

If you have Canada Student Loans as well as Canada Apprentice Loans, you only need to fill out one single application to have all of your loans assessed for forgiveness. More detailed information pertaining to the Severe Permanent Disability Benefit (opens in a new window) for Canada Student Loans is available on Canada.ca.

Note: The CSLP does not reimburse any fee that may be charged to you by your physician or nurse practitioner to complete the Medical Report form.

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