Individuals & Families

Mortgage Insurance vs. Individual Disability Insurance: What's Best for Homeowners? (2024)

Garrett Agencies Team
March 9, 2024
5 min read

For homeowners and working professionals in Canada, understanding disability insurance is critical. This insurance is a key component in ensuring financial stability in the face of unforeseen health challenges.

Homeowners (both prospective and current) are presented with two primary insurance options: Mortgage Disability Insurance, typically offered by banks or lenders, and Individual Disability Insurance, often offered through insurance advisors or brokers, each with its unique features, benefits, and drawbacks. This article delves into what each type entails, their pros, and cons, and why Individual Disability Insurance often stands out as the more advantageous option for Canadians generally.

What is Mortgage Disability Insurance?

Mortgage Disability Insurance is designed to cover your mortgage payments if you become disabled and are unable to work. This type of insurance is directly tied to your mortgage, ensuring that, in the event of a disability, your most significant financial obligation is taken care of.


  • Ease of Qualification: Often, this insurance comes with less stringent health examinations or requirements, making it accessible to a broader audience.


  • Limited Coverage: The coverage is strictly for your mortgage payments, leaving other financial responsibilities unaddressed.
  • Decreasing Benefit: As you pay down your mortgage, the benefit of the insurance decreases, but the premiums typically do not.

What is Individual Disability Insurance?

Individual Disability Insurance, particularly Long-Term Disability Insurance, offers a broader safety net. It provides a percentage of your income if you are unable to work due to a disability, covering a wide range of expenses beyond just your mortgage.


  • Comprehensive Coverage: This insurance covers a portion of your lost income, not just mortgage payments, helping with living expenses, debts, and savings.
  • Customizable Policies: The coverage amount, period, and even the definition of disability can be tailored to suit your specific needs.
  • Portability: The policy is not tied to any debt or employer, offering continuous protection regardless of changes in your employment or living situation.


  • Stricter Qualification Criteria: Obtaining coverage can require medical examinations and health history reviews.
  • Higher Premiums: For the more comprehensive coverage it offers, individual disability insurance may come with relatively higher premiums compared to mortgage disability insurance.

Why Individual Disability Insurance is Often the Preferable Choice

While both types of insurance play roles in financial planning, Individual Disability Insurance frequently emerges as the superior choice for several reasons:

  • Broader Financial Protection: It provides a safety net for more than just your mortgage, covering a significant portion of your income to help with various financial obligations and lifestyle maintenance.
  • Flexibility and Customization: The ability to customize your policy allows for a more tailored approach to disability insurance, ensuring that the coverage meets your specific needs.
  • Long-Term Security: Individual policies offer long-term protection, making them a reliable component of your financial plan, regardless of changes in your mortgage or employment status.


Choosing the right disability insurance involves weighing the immediate benefits and convenience against long-term security and flexibility. While Mortgage Disability Insurance can provide a quick solution for covering mortgage payments in the event of a disability, the comprehensive coverage and adaptability of Individual Disability Insurance, make it a cornerstone of financial planning for many Canadians.

Consulting with an insurance advisor can help you navigate these options and select the best policy for your unique circumstances, ensuring that you and your family are well-protected against the financial implications of disability.

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