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Insurance benefits for employees

Expecting the unexpected

Help your employees plan for life’s hardest moments.

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  • Customize your plan

    You can set the levels and types of coverage.

  • Can be offered at no cost

    Improve your employees’ lives with no added expense.

  • The right thing to do

    Insurance can offer financial safety to your workforce.

What insurance can you offer?

  • Life insurance

    Following a death, a lump sum is paid to the policy holder’s beneficiary. This money can be a lifeline as families struggle with funeral costs, outstanding debts or loss of crucial income.

  • Critical Illness Insurance

    This lump sum is paid out following a life-altering diagnosis, and can reduce the financial burden of fighting a devastating illness.

  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance

    A one-time payment, this can pay out specific amounts related to catastrophic injuries, or help a beneficiary financially following the accidental death of the policy holder.

Why would you offer insurance?

42% of Canadians have less than 6 months of living expenses saved – but 53% of plan members would be willing to pay more for extra coverage.  

Helping your employees to purchase insurance that eases the financial burden of these life events – at a lower rate than if they’d purchased it individually – is 1 way you can support them through challenging circumstances

How can you offer your employees insurance?

Canada Life offers 3 ways to make sure your employees are covered if the worst happens. 


Group life, accidental death and dismemberment and critical illness insurance can be offered at no cost to employees. You can customise your plan – and contain costs – by choosing from various levels of coverage.

Voluntary / Optional

Your plan members can choose to purchase additional coverage, at a group rate that is generally more affordable than purchasing it individually. 

You select the products (optional life, optional critical illness and/or voluntary accidental death & dismemberment) and features to offer your plan members. 

Members can enrol in these products using our traditional paper-based enrolment form and you coordinate payroll deductions for their premiums. This coverage terminates when their plan ends.

Portable Benefits

Administered directly by Canada Life, these are products that employees can take with them when they change jobs, while still paying a more affordable group rate – and there are no administration requirements or extra fees for you. The products and features offered are the same for all plan members. 

Members will be able to enrol in portable life, portable critical illness and/or portable accidental death and dismemberment through our online tool. Plan members pay via credit card or pre-authorized debit and the coverage stays with them even if they leave their employer plan. Portable benefits cannot be combined with plan sponsor elected optional products.

How do you know what’s right for your business?

Optional / Voluntary
Who pays for it?
Can I customise my plan?


Are premiums deducted through payroll?

No – member can pay via credit card or pre-authorized debit

Does the coverage end when an employee leaves their employer plan?

Does it require administrative work by my company?
Is it more affordable for the employee than purchasing it individually?

How do plan members enrol?

Paper evidence of insurability form

Online enrollment tool

Talk to an advisor
Learn more about portable benefits