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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Régimen no contributivo de pensiones por monto básico (Non-contributory pension scheme by basic amount) (1974-)



Date: 1974-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: This non-contributory pension aims to support those who are excluded from Costa Rica`s social protection system in order to reduce poverty among older people and / or people with disability.


Target population: 1) Older people over 65 years old or older
2) People with disability
3) Abandoned widows
4) Orphans
5) Indigents
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical
Instrument of selection: Social Information Record (FIS)
Registry of recipients: Targeted Population Information System (SIPO)
Exit strategies or criteria: Loss of eligibility
Comments: As part of the measures to face the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and social isolation, the payment of pensions for both the Non-Contributory Regime and the Disability, Old Age and Death Insurance (IVM) were advanced and allow financial institutions to have the resources in advance so that they can organize their service platforms and avoid crowds in their offices. For certification of persons with disability, they must prove the loss of 66% of their income because of their physical and / or mental disabilities. Abandoned widows correspond to women with children under 18 years old that as a result of the death of the spouse were left in an situation of economic vulnerability.


Legal framework: Law Nº 5662 of December 23, 1974
Responsible organization(s):
Executing organization(s): Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Costa Rican Social Security Fund) - CCSS
Source of funding: Fondo de Desarrollo Social y Asignaciones Familiares (Fund for Social Development and Family Allowances)

1) Bono (Allowance)

Recipient(s): All households recipients of the programme
Mode of transfer: Monetary
Mode of delivery: Check/cash delivery/withdrawal
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Maximum per household: One per household
Sanctions: The component is canceled when the recipient gets a paid job or receives another type of pension, has a favorable economic situation, provides false information, overcomes disability or transfers his/her residence abroad.
Comments: In case of death of the recipient, the pension will be automatically canceled without any formality by the family.
Amount : The ordinary pension corresponds to CRC $82,000 monthly, in 2020; see data Excel format.


Non-contributory and welfare pensions. Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Costa Rica y Uruguay

Author: Bertranou, F., C. Solorio and W. van Ginneken.
Date: 2002
Publication info: Publication of the International Labor Organization (ILO)
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information, impact on poverty reduction


Reglamento del Programa del Régimen no contributivo de pensiones

Author: Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Costarican Social Security Fund)
Date: 2007
Publication info: Official diary "La Gaceta"
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information




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