Can you get survivor benefits from an ex-spouse?

Q: Your article prompted me to think about my pension lost to my ex-wife, whom I very recently learned has died in Manitoba, in January of this year.

I am 67 years old and retired from the federal government. When we divorced in 1990 after a 22-year marriage, I lost 11 years of pension to her, which reduced my 32-year pension to a 21-year pension.

Also, there was an uneven split of CPP credits as I had worked full time throughout the marriage and she had worked sporadically part-time.

She...

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