Critical Illness Insurance

Enables you to focus on your recovery if you're diagnosed with a critical illness - such as a heart attack, stroke, or cancer.

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What is critical illness insurance?

Critical illness insurance is designed to provide financial support in the form of a one-time, tax-free cash benefit if you are diagnosed with a critical illness. This lump sum payment offers you the flexibility to use the funds as you see fit, whether for medical expenses, daily living costs, or other financial obligations.

This type of insurance typically covers a range of serious health conditions. The most commonly included are life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, strokes, and heart attacks. Most policies cover these fundamental conditions, and many extend coverage to over 20 additional critical illnesses, reflecting the diverse health challenges that individuals may face.

In the past, a diagnosis of a critical illness often led to a grim prognosis. However, advancements in medical science have significantly increased survival rates. This progress is a beacon of hope for those diagnosed, indicating a shift towards better outcomes and longer life expectancy.

While the increase in survival rates is undoubtedly a positive development, it introduces a new challenge: financial resilience during and after the illness. Surviving a critical illness often brings with it substantial financial burdens, including medical bills, loss of income, and the need for ongoing care. Critical illness insurance aims to alleviate these financial pressures, providing a safety net that allows individuals and their families to focus on recovery and rehabilitation without the added stress of financial instability.

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Tax-free Lump Sum

Get a one-time, tax-free cash payout to use freely for any purpose.

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Expert Second Opinions

Some plans offer access consultations with top medical experts for accurate diagnoses.

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Recovery Support

Some plans offer counselling and other services from professionals during your recovery.

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Broad Illness Coverage

Stay protected against a wide range of critical illnesses, including cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and more.

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How does critical illness insurance work?

  • Selecting Your Coverage: Begin by working with an advisor to determine the amount of coverage you need, which will dictate the level of financial support you'll receive in case of critical illness.

  • Premium Payments: Regular premium payments are required to maintain your coverage. These premiums vary based on your chosen coverage amount, age, and other factors.

  • Filing a Claim: In the event that you are diagnosed with a covered critical illness, you will need to file a claim with your insurance provider.

  • Lump-Sum Benefit: Upon claim approval, you will receive a one-time, tax-free cash payout.
  • Utilization of Benefits: The cash benefit you receive can be used at your discretion, aiding in financial stability and recovery efforts. This flexibility allows you to allocate funds where they are most needed, whether for medical expenses, daily living costs, or other financial obligations.
Illness Protection

Why should you have critical illness insurance?

The chances of a critical illness occurring are greater than all other causes combined (i.e. dying before a certain age, or developing a long-term disability). Being diagnosed with a critical illness can be financially draining, and may hinder your long term financial security.

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It's common

One in three Canadians is diagnosed with a life altering critical illness.

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Cover medical costs

Use your payout to help with your medical expenses while you recover.

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Protect your savings

Your retirement savings are earmarked for retirement, not medical bills.

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Focus on recovery

Recover easier knowing you're financially secure and have cash to pay for proper care.

Get help with your critical illness insurance planning.

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How much does critical illness insurance cost?

There are a number of factors that can affect plan pricing, including:

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Generally, insurance cost less for younger age groups, and more for older age groups

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Men generally face a higher risk of critical illnesses than women.

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Coverage amount

Larger coverage amounts cost more than lower coverage amounts.

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Health history

Insurance cost can be affected by health history.

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How much critical illness coverage do you need?

The right amount of coverage depends on your individual circumstances, balancing meaningful protection with affordable premiums. Consider these key factors:

  • Income Impact: Estimate the potential loss of income if you're unable to work due to illness.

  • Spousal Income Consideration: Assess how your family's finances would be affected if your spouse or partner needs to take time off for caregiving.

  • Ongoing Expenses: Plan for covering regular financial commitments like mortgage or rent, loans, groceries, and utilities.

  • Additional Costs: Factor in potential extra expenses such as healthcare treatments, travel for medical appointments, childcare, or home care assistance.

Consulting with a professional advisor can help you accurately determine your insurance needs, ensuring you have adequate coverage tailored to your life situation.

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Talk to an advisor who can understand your situation, answer your questions and help you build an insurance plan appropriate for you and your family.

Frequently asked questions

Answers to key questions about Critical Illness Insurance

How does Critical Illness Insurance compare to Disability Insurance in Canada?

Critical Illness Insurance provides a tax-free, one-time payout if diagnosed with a covered condition, with no waiting period in certain cases. Disability Insurance offers monthly income replacement if you can’t work due to injury or illness, usually with a waiting period. Critical Illness Insurance covers life, while Disability Insurance generally ends at age 65.

Can I get my premiums back if I don’t experience a serious illness?

Yes, you can add a return-of-premium benefit to your policy.

Are Critical Illness Insurance payouts taxable in Canada?

Based on the Canada Revenue Agency's current position, benefits paid under individually-owned Critical Illness Insurance policies are generally tax-free.

Are medical questions or exams required to apply for critical illness insurance?

It depends. The necessity for a medical examination or answering health-related questions varies based on factors such as your age, the specific plan you select, and the amount of coverage. You might be required to participate in a telephone interview, undergo medical examinations, and submit relevant medical records.

What is the difference between life insurance and critical illness insurance?

The key difference lies in the benefit trigger. Critical Illness Insurance pays out when you are diagnosed with a covered illness and meet certain conditions, while life insurance pays out to your beneficiaries upon your death.

Still have questions?

Please contact our office and we'll be happy to address any questions you may have.