1 For the purposes of this Agreement:
“benefit” means, as regards a Party, any cash benefit, pension or allowance for which provision is made in the legislation of that Party and includes any supplements or increases applicable to such a cash benefit, pension or allowance; however, for the purposes of Articles VIII, IX and X, “benefit” does not include a grant payable under the legislation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines;
“competent authority” means, as regards Canada, the Minister or Ministers responsible for the application of the legislation of Canada; and, as regards Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Minister responsible for the subject of National Insurance;
“competent institution” means, as regards Canada, the competent authority; and, as regards Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the National Insurance Board;
“creditable period” means, as regards a Party, a period of contributions, whether paid or credited, or a period of residence used to acquire the right to a benefit under the legislation of that Party; as regards Canada, it also means a period during which a disability pension is payable under the Canada Pension Plan;
“legislation” means, as regards a Party, the laws and regulations specified in Article II(1) with respect to that Party.