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Term Life Insurance [ Temporary Coverage ]

A popular choice if you want affordable coverage until you meet a certain financial milestone, such as putting your kids through college or paying off your mortgage.

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RBC Simplified® Term Life Insurance

Get affordable protection for your short-term needs with a path towards lifetime coverage.

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  • Coverage from $50,000 to $1,000,000 for a term anywhere between 10 to 40 years3
  • May be eligible for coverage without undergoing a medical exam, with an online application that only takes minutes to complete
  • $10,000 accidental death benefit included
  • Future flexibility with the option to change from term life insurance to permanent life insurance in the future without medical evidence, up to age 71

RBC YourTermTM Life Insurance

Customize your coverage with higher coverage limits, more flexible options and additional benefits to protect what is most important to you.

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  • Coverage from $1,000,001 to $25,000,000 for a term anywhere between 10 to 40 years4
  • Future flexibility with the option to change from term life insurance to permanent life insurance in the future without medical evidence, up to age 71

Why Consider Life Insurance?

Planning ahead with life insurance is a reliable way to meet your financial goals with safety, certainty, and ease, backed by the knowledge that you will:

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Protect your loved ones

Help safeguard the people closest to you by replacing lost income to help support your family.

Protect your loved ones

Help safeguard the people closest to you by replacing lost income to help support your family.

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Keep your home

Let your home remain their home by paying off large expenses, like a mortgage.

Keep your home

Let your home remain their home by paying off large expenses, like a mortgage.

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Plan ahead for their stability

You can offer a more certain future for your loved ones by helping cover education costs and providing future income.

Plan ahead for their stability

You can offer a more certain future for your loved ones by helping cover education costs and providing future income.

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Grow your investment

Enhance your planning with tax-deferred savings, investing and borrowing opportunities.

Grow your investment

Enhance your planning with tax-deferred savings, investing and borrowing opportunities.

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Meet your needs affordably

Choose from a wide range of life insurance options that are designed to fit your lifestyle affordably, at every stage of your financial journey.

Meet your needs affordably

Choose from a wide range of life insurance options that are designed to fit your lifestyle affordably, at every stage of your financial journey.

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Get expert advice

We’re here to help—no matter what question you may have, our friendly advisors are here to help you achieve your goals.

Get expert advice

We’re here to help—no matter what question you may have, our friendly advisors are here to help you achieve your goals.

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Start planning for the future by understanding how much coverage could support your goals.

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Compare Your Options

There’s a life insurance plan to suit your unique situation—let’s help you find it.

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COVERAGE & PREMIUMS
Applying For Life Insurance: Why You Should Be An Open Book

When you're applying for life insurance, you may be asked questions that can sometimes come as a surprise, so let's prepare for them.

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Do you think you're too young for life insurance? The optimal time to buy a policy may surprise you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply put, life insurance is a legal agreement or a policy between you (the insured) and an insurance company (the insurer). When you purchase a certain amount of life insurance (let’s say a $200,000 policy) and remain in good standing on your policy, the insurer promises to pay that $200,000 to your beneficiaries, who are the people you choose to receive this money (the death benefit) if you pass away.

It’s also important to note that life insurance can be very affordable, no matter how much money you make. That $200,000 policy might be as low as $20 a month for a 30-year-old woman who doesn’t smoke with coverage for the next 20 years.

In general, most life insurance policies work the same way: in exchange for a fee that you typically pay monthly or annually (your insurance premium), an insurance company provides a certain amount of coverage on your life and will provide a tax-free benefit to your beneficiaries if you pass away while you have coverage. Learn more about how life insurance works.

While there are many reasons to get life insurance, the main reason people buy it is to make sure that their family won’t struggle financially if they pass away. That means if you have someone who counts on you for financial support, life insurance is a must-have.

If you can check off one of the boxes below, you probably need life insurance:

  • We’re having a baby!
  • I have kids (or others who depend on me)
  • My spouse/partner and I share finances and responsibilities
  • I have a mortgage, car loan, student loans, etc. that my spouse/partner couldn’t afford without me
  • I want to leave some money to help my family pay for my funeral
  • I want to be able to leave something to my favourite charity
  • I want to leave my family a cottage or other assets when I pass, and I want to ensure there is no tax liability for them when I do
  • I run a business and need to protect some of the key employees

That depends. There can be benefits to getting coverage now while you’re young and unattached. Check out Six Reasons Why Now May be the Best Time to Get Life Insurance.

Life insurance protects your family financially if you pass away, but it can offer other benefits too. Certain types of insurance can help you save up for whatever the future holds, whether it’s paying for your child’s education, protecting and growing your assets or achieving another goal. Check out 4 Reasons to Get Life Insurance at Any Age.

Life insurance is there to protect your loved ones under most circumstances, but there are a few considerations to be aware of. The death benefit will not be paid if the life insured commits suicide within 2 years from the coverage date or from any reinstatement date. The death benefit will also not be paid if the policy is declared null and void due to material omission, misrepresentation, or fraud. Being honest and truthful on your application is of the utmost importance to ensuring your benefit will support your loved ones.

We understand how stressful it can be to deal with a significant life event like a loved one’s passing. We’re here to give you the support you need and make things as easy as possible. Check out Insurance Claim Essentials.

To file a claim:

  • Locate the insurance policy, if possible. Having the policy number handy when you call will help us give you faster service. If you can’t find it, don’t worry—we can still support you. Check out All Of Your Important Documents. All In One Place.
  • Call us as soon as possible. You will need to make your claim within a certain period of time. This varies by coverage type and is outlined in your policy.
  • Complete and send in all required documentation. We will guide you through the claims process and the documentation you need. What you need to make a claim depends on the type of coverage you have. In general, you will need to provide:

    • a completed claim form
    • the death and birth certificate
    • possibly other documentation.
  • If you are claiming on a life insurance policy worth up to $100,000, you may be able to use express service if the policy:

    • has been continuously in force for ten or more years
    • has a named beneficiary (a policy with an Estate listed as the beneficiary is not eligible).

Life insurance comes in many forms, but all coverage essentially falls under two main buckets: term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Within those buckets, you have flexible options to help you get the specific coverage you need.

Term life insurance is the most affordable and is intended to cover short-term needs between 10 to 40 years. The majority of Canadians find that term life insurance is the suitable option for their needs. Many people choose to buy term life insurance when their kids are young and they’re carrying debt, such as a mortgage. It costs less than permanent insurance, has consistent premiums for the length of your chosen term, and is usually easy to buy. For example, you may not have to take a medical exam if you’re young and healthy, and could even be eligible for an instant approval. After your chosen term length, the premiums increase year over year until age 100, when it is considered paid up.

Permanent life insurance typically comes at a higher cost — however, the reason for this is that it provides coverage for your entire life and, in some cases, the opportunity to grow wealth and build savings. Term 100, Universal and Whole Life Insurance are all different types of permanent coverage.

Universal and Whole Life options have the added benefit of combining lifelong insurance coverage with savings opportunities within your policy (called cash value or accumulation value). One of the perks of a cash value policy is that you may be able to access the cash value to supplement your retirement income, help your kids pay for post-secondary education and more.

To learn more about term and permanent life insurance, as well as specialty products, check out The Types of Life Insurance Explained.

The answer to this question is unique for everyone, however, you probably need more life insurance than you think. How much you earn, your debt obligations, how many dependents you have and other factors should all be considered as you choose what’s right for your needs.

Try our life insurance calculator to get a quick estimate or learn more about the factors that can affect how much life insurance you need.

That depends on your needs. If you’re considering term life insurance, you can get a cost estimate pretty quickly with a life insurance quote. Your premiums may be different from another person’s premiums—that’s because premiums are based on many things, including risk factors that are unique to you. Check out I Need To Adjust My Budget, How Can I Get Insurance To Fit?

In general, here’s what will figure into your cost:

The type of insurance you choose

Term life insurance is intended to cover short-term needs and is more affordable than a permanent life insurance policy that offers lifetime coverage, such as Universal or Whole Life insurance. Some permanent life insurance policies may also have an investment component and legacy-building benefits. See Types of Life Insurance Explained or check out Can I Personalize My Insurance?

How much coverage you buy

A million-dollar policy is going to cost you more than a $250,000 policy (for the same term length).

Your age, health and gender

The younger and healthier you are when you buy life insurance, the less it will cost. And men typically pay more than women do based on life expectancy.

As an example, a 35-year-old female non-smoker can expect to pay around $23 per month for a 20-year term life insurance policy worth $350,000, while a 35-year old male non-smoker can expect to pay around $30 per month for the same policy.

Your lifestyle

If you drink alcohol or consume marijuana frequently, or enjoy more extreme activities like scuba diving or rock climbing, you will be required to disclose more information and, depending on the specifics, you may pay higher premiums. And, if you smoke or use tobacco products, you will almost certainly pay more for your policy.

Family medical history

If cancer, diabetes or other medical conditions run in your family, this could increase your rates.

Get a quick life insurance quote now to see what a life insurance policy might look like, based on your needs.

The first thing you should know is that some types of life insurance are simpler to buy than others. Depending on the type of coverage you want and how much you’re applying for, your application may need to go through underwriting.6 This is the process an insurer goes through to evaluate the risk associated with insuring you.

Before we get into underwriting though, here are the routes you can take once you’re ready to buy:

Buying coverage online

If your needs are fairly straightforward, you may be able to get a quote and buy your coverage online. At RBC Insurance, we offer a few online options:

  • Term life insurance: Depending on your age, health, the amount of coverage you are applying for and if you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident/landed immigrant, you may be able to request a quote and get an instant decision online6.

    If you don’t receive an instant decision, you may need to complete a phone interview. It’s also possible that a paramedical nurse will need to visit you to take your vitals.

  • Personal accident insurance: If you’re already an RBC® client, age 18 to 69, and a Canadian resident, you can buy personal accident insurance online. In fact, your acceptance is guaranteed. Learn more or enrol now7.
  • RBC Guaranteed Acceptance Life Insurance: If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident/landed immigrant and age 40 to 75, you can buy up to $40,000 of life insurance. There’s no medical exam or health questions to answer. Learn more or get a quote8.

Buying coverage through an advisor

Many Canadians buy life insurance with the help of an insurance advisor. At RBC Insurance, our friendly advisors can provide advice to help you make the best decision for you and your family, and help you complete your application with ease. You can call one of our advisors at 1-800-461-1413 or search for one near you. Find a checklist to help you prepare at Can I Personalize My Insurance?

Getting coverage through work

If your employer offers a group life insurance policy, you’ll want to follow up with your HR department or plan administrator. Coverage through an employer is likely capped at an amount that may not be enough for your individual needs. Additionally, benefits such as group life insurance may change in the future. Inquire about your options to maintain the policy if you decide to change jobs.

In most cases, you will need to give information about your lifestyle, health, age, personal and family medical history. You must answer all questions in your application truthfully and accurately since, if you give incorrect or incomplete information, the insurance company can deny, adjust your benefits or void your coverage.

Once you send in your application, it may go through some form of underwriting, although sometimes this isn’t required.

Underwriting is a formal process an insurer goes through to evaluate the level of risk they are taking on by insuring you. It can be very involved or it can be minimal, depending on your situation. For example, you may need to complete a phone interview and/or a medical exam.

  • Phone interview: If we need more information, you may need to complete a telephone interview. The interviewer may ask personal, financial and medical questions.
  • Medical exam: If a medical exam is ordered, a paramedical nurse may come to your house to check your vitals. This could include collecting a urine and blood sample, weighing and measuring you, and taking your blood pressure and pulse.

The time it takes to hear back varies. In some cases, you may hear back instantly. For example, if you’re under 56, have a good medical history and are applying for less than $1 million in term insurance, you may get an instant response.

In other cases, it could take 3 to 16 weeks to find out if you’re approved, and larger policies may require more time. If you applied with an RBC advisor, you can always reach out to them for an update, and if you applied online you can call 1-800-461-1413.

Once you have your life insurance policy in hand, don’t be afraid to ask your RBC advisor questions—we’re here to help, after all. If something is unclear, it’s in your best interest to understand your coverage. You will also want to store your policy in a safe place.

We’d recommend you talk to your account manager or your business advisor. We can explain the options available to you so that you can determine a plan that suits your business needs. Life and disability insurance protections for individuals in your business may be an important tool to include in your financial plan. Additionally, options like our Business Loan Insurance Plan may contribute to how you plan for the financial security of your business.

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