We’re here to support you through COVID-19. Here’s how we can help you.
We know there’s nothing more important than the health and security of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re continuing to find ways to help maintain your physical, mental and financial well-being.
Our employees remain ready and prepared to help you with whatever you need. We’ll continue to get through this together.
We’re staying committed to worldwide communities. Sun Life has recently donated $1 million to support health care, elder care and address food security needs.
Your Sun Life Financial advisor can meet with you online using Zoom video chat. We use an Enterprise version of Zoom, which runs over an encrypted internet connection to keep your computer and webcam information private and secure. This version also has new security features that allow advisors to:
During the meeting, you’ll be able to see your advisor and the information they share from their computer screen. You’ll be in full control of your video camera.
Other video conference platforms will not be as secure, so your advisor will only video conference with you using Zoom.
Call or email your advisor for more information or to set up a meeting.
We keep your personal information secure no matter where our employees are located. Even though some employees are working from home, we haven’t changed the way we access, use and store your data. Our existing privacy and security controls are still in place.
Most Clients can sign up for this through their mysunlife.ca account. Other Clients will have to send us their banking information before we can send electronic payments. Give us a call at 1-877-SUN-LIFE (1-877-786-5433) and we’ll walk you through it.
No, your remaining balance will not carry over to next year.
Your HSA and PSA terms haven’t changed. We’ll carry over your account balances and expenses the way your contract tells us to. We aren’t adding any extra extensions.
There are many expenses you can claim to use up your HSA or PSA balance. You can find a list at mysunlife.ca in the Benefits section.
You can also find information in your benefits booklet.
Yes. Your health remains our top priority. We want to make it easier for you to see your health-care provider.
If your plan covers the practitioners listed below, you’ll continue to have the same coverage as non-virtual services. We’ll cover virtual services for appointments where you don’t need in-person therapies. This means we’re covering your claims for virtual services performed by:
Your practitioner must be in Canada for us to cover your claim.
We continue to review and assess all of our processes. We want to ensure we make it easier for you to continue on your health journey.
We know you want to ensure you have enough medication at home. Early on in the pandemic, health authorities recommended pharmacists provide a 30-day supply to Canadians. This helped ensure everyone could get the medications they needed. Some provinces are now beginning to relax these limits, but it depends on your province and your medication. Talk to your pharmacist next time you get a refill and they’ll explain the limits that apply to you.
If you purchased your insurance through an advisor and you’re facing financial hardship due to the pandemic, we have solutions to help you keep your valuable life and health insurance coverage in place.
Please speak with your advisor or contact us at 1-877-SUN-LIFE (1-877-786-5433) to see how we can help you.
You can rest assured that the coverage you bought through your advisor remains the same. We haven’t made any changes to your policies because of COVID-19. We’ll continue to pay claims for policies in good standing (in force), and as long as the information you provided was accurate when you applied.
Your policy includes the details about your coverage. Your advisor can help you with any questions.
If you have a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) and other registered income plan types (like LIFs), you can reduce your required minimum annual withdrawals by up to 25% in 2020. This gives you the flexibility to redeem fewer assets while their market value is low.
You don’t have to lower your minimum withdrawal if you don’t want to. This is a temporary change that applies only to the 2020 tax year. The RRIF minimum reduction will apply to the entire minimum annual payment. You cannot make a re-contribution if you’ve already made your original minimum withdrawal.
You can read more about this change on the Government of Canada website.
If you want to take advantage of this option, reach out to your advisor or call us at 1‑877‑SUN‑LIFE (1‑877‑786‑5433).
We know it’s emotional to see your portfolio go down in the short term. But if your long-term goals haven’t changed, it pays to stay the course. If your financial goals have changed, we are here for you. If you do need to make a change, here’s more information:
To change your investments in savings accounts set up through your employer:
To change the investments in accounts you set up through your advisor:
For more information, you can go to our Contributions, withdrawals and fund changes page.
Our Extended Health Care (EHC) travel benefit includes Out of Country (OOC) coverage. This benefit offers coverage in the event of epidemics or pandemics. So if you have this benefit, then you’ll remain covered for COVID-19 and any other out-of-country medical emergencies.
If you have Out-of-Country coverage and you experience symptoms of any illness (including COVID-19), then you can call Allianz for help:
These numbers are also available on your Travel Card. You can find your Travel Card on the my Sun Life mobile app.
No, standard Out-of-Country coverage under EHC does not include trip cancellation and interruption insurance.