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It is still believed that government plans will assist with the financial burden of long term care should the need arise. Canadians are living longer than ever before and advances in medicine mean that people are surviving illnesses that were previously life threatening. Often this results in a disabling condition requiring personalized medical care. The over-burdened Canadian health care system may not be able to accommodate or meet the demands of an aging population.

Most people want to make their own choices regarding the quality and type of care that they would receive, should they develop a chronic illness or cognitive impairment. This can prove costly. Long-term care insurance provides a benefit to cover the costs of facility care or provide home health services. This type of insurance assures quality care, dissipates fear of outliving savings and can also allow more assets to be transferred to family or charity.

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Should an illness or injury prevent you from working for an extended time, loss of income directly affects your lifestyle and ability to provide for yourself or loved ones. Concurrently living expenses continue and are likely to increase as assistance may be needed at home or higher medical expenses incurred. Disability or income replacement insurance makes a difference. As this coverage provides a monthly benefit should you be unable to work (due to illness or injury), your standard of living is not compromised.

This insurance is crucial within a financial plan. Those who are single and solely dependent on their earnings, often find it more relevant; however, couples relying on two salaries have difficulty imagining how to live on just one. Notably, disability strikes more often than we may think.

Though premiums may seem costly, it is important to understand that potential total benefit pay-outs can be significant. For example, a 40 year old earning $85,000/yr could receive in excess of $3,500,000 (benefits paid to their age 65) should disability strike!

  Personal and Business Coverage  
Disability, or income replacement insurance, is designed to replace income should you be unable to work because of illness, or injury.

Typically the insurance is designed to replace two-thirds of your regular income. This income gap is meant to encourage a claimant to return to work as soon as possible.

  Disability Business Loan Protection  
Business Loan Protection policy is designed to make funds available to pay outstanding business loans and loan interest should the business owner become totally disabled. The company must be a partnership, sole proprietorship or professional corporation in business for at least three years with a net worth of $50,000. Eligible loans include those for equipment, property and buildings used for the sole purpose of operating a business. The lump sum plan also covers lines of credit and account overdrafts.

  Retirement Protection:  
A sudden, unexpected accident or illness can dramatically affect one’s ability to earn an income and meet current financial obligations. This can also have a drastic impact on the ability to invest for the future. Not surprisingly, retirement savings are one of the first casualties of disability; funding is curtailed and often funds previously been set aside for the future are tapped.

No financial plan is complete without guaranteed funding for retirement. A Retirement Protection Plan assists in maintaining deposits to a retirement savings program while disabled.

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Everyone knows someone affected with a critical illness. You probably know colleagues, relatives, or friends you went to school with who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, or who have had heart surgery. They have survived the critical illness and may be working, traveling and enjoying life again. But their lives, and those of their families and business associates, have often been profoundly affected.

When you survive 30 days following the diagnosis of a critical illness, critical illness insurance provides you with a lump sum tax free cash benefit.

Critical Illness Insurance was developed by Dr. Marius Barnard (brother of Christian Barnard, who performed the first successful open heart transplant surgery) in South Africa in 1983. Dr. Barnard saw a need for insurance that paid a "living benefit" to those who survived a major illness to offset lost income and pay additional expenses. Critical Illness insurance is a form of protection that provides immediate funds to you upon diagnosis of a covered condition, like cancer, stroke, or a heart attack. Unlike other types of insurance that provide income replacement if you are seriously ill, critical illness insurance provides a lump sum tax-free benefit that can be used in any way you choose with no restrictions or claw-backs to benefits.

Some Immediate Financial consequence when you suffer from a critical illness include:

  Absence from work     - You may be covered under disability insurance program and receive a portion of income each month you are not able to work. Disability insurance helps you to cover household expenses, but serious critical illness could be life altering. Receiving only a portion of your income may not be enough. Critical Illness can fill the gap.

  The costs for home care during a period of illness and recovery     - Your working spouse may need to take a leave of absence to care for you or you may have to pay for private home care. With shorter hospital stays, you may find that home and private hursing care services are required to speed the recovery.

  Treatment outside of Canada or other medical costs not fully covered under the provincial health plan     - Critical Illness insurance can enable you to obtain treatment outside of Canada or pay for experimental treatment not covered under a health care plan.

  Children’s education     - A life altering illness can impact your ability to save for your children’s education. Critical illness insurance can fund your children’s education.

  Early Retirement     - If a critical illness results in early retirement or even a change in careers or reduced number of hours, your RSP savings may not be enough to support you

Critical Facts

Age to Qualify

Critical Illness insurance is available to individuals between the ages of 18 – 65

Amounts Available

Benefits range from $25,000 up to $2,000,000

Who receives the Benefit?

Most critical illness benefits are paid directly to the individuals insured under the plan and they decide how they wish to use the benefit. Payment of benefit is based on the medical diagnosis of a certified Canadian physician or specialist for the specific condition. Payment is not dependent on your inability to work

Coverage Terms

Most plans cover you until age 75, some companies also have plans available for coverage till age 100

When are benefits payable?

The Critical Illness Benefit is pay when you are diagnosed with a Covered Condition and you survive 30 days

Other Information

Other programs included in some Critical Illness Plans include: Best Doctors, and dialing living assistance



  Grouped Critical Illness Insurance     will allow the employer to put together a common plan whereby two or more employees are covered by individual Critical Illness policies. This is NOT a group insurance plan, as it does not consist of a single contract with several insured employees. As the employer, you are the owner of the plan and pay the premiums for the individual policies for your employees. These premiums are tax-deductible. Each employee is covered by a policy and is also the beneficiary. The premiums you pay are not taxable to the employee. The employer will determine the type of coverage and amount of the benefit received should an employee be diagnosed with one of the covered illnesses.


Advantages for Employers and Employees

Employer

Employee

Premium deductible as an expense

Non-taxable benefit where employer pays premium for employee

Way to reward current employees and attract new ones

Should a claim be made, the benefit is not taxed

Opportunity to offer a product not widely offered through group insurance plans

If the employee changes employer, the employee can assume the policy by continuing to pay the premiums at the same cost and with no modifications to the policy



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