Life Insurance

Your UBC Life Insurance Plans include the following mandatory and optional life insurance plans:

How do I make a change to my life insurance policies?

You can make the following changes to you and your spouse’s life insurance policies in Workday:

  • Changing your Basic Life beneficiary (employee only)
  • Changing your Optional Life beneficiary
  • Applying for Optional Life/AD&D for the first time, or increasing coverage
  • Cancelling Optional Life/AD&D, reducing coverage or change in smoker/non-smoker status

Visit Making enrolment changes for more information on how to make a change to your life insurance policies. 

How do I submit a life insurance claim?

If you die, your beneficiary or executor must contact UBC Human Resources to submit a life insurance claim. We can only communicate directly with the designated beneficiary, beneficiaries or trustees that are on file. They will be asked to provide all of the following information in writing:

  • name of deceased
  • date of death
  • a copy of the death certificate certified by a lawyer, notary or Commissioner of Oaths

UBC Human Resources will then provide the necessary claim forms and help with the claim submission process.

If your spouse or dependent child dies and was covered for Optional Life Insurance, please contact UBC Human Resources to initiate a claim.

Please contact Janet McHugh at 604-822-6823 or to submit a life insurance claim.

How do I apply for a loan against my life insurance?

If you are diagnosed with a terminal illness and are expected to live less than 24 months, you may be eligible to apply for a Living Benefits loan, which can provide some financial relief.

For more information about Living Benefits loans, including details about the application and approval process, contact UBC Benefits.

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The outline above is a descriptive summary of the plan and is not a contract. All terms and conditions are governed by Contract Number 050555 with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. In the event of a discrepancy, benefits will be paid according to the official document and applicable legislation.

For complete details about your Life Insurance Plans, refer to the Sun Life benefits booklet for your employee group.


The benefits information on this website is provided as a descriptive summary only. While the University has endeavored to accurately reflect its benefit programs, policies and plans, the information on this website does not create any contractual or other rights between the University and its faculty and staff members. To the extent that there are any conflicts or discrepancies between the benefits information on this website and the benefit plan documents (including group insurance contracts and benefit booklets) or any applicable collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy, the benefit plan documents and collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy will govern in all cases.

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