A life annuity is an insurance contract that guarantees you’ll receive income payments for life – or 2 lifetimes, for a joint life annuity. Once you’ve purchased your annuity, you never have to worry about how that money is invested or how long your income will last. Income from a life annuity may also qualify for the federal pension income tax credit (of qualified pension income).
We'll issue a policy only if the policyholder and annuitant(s) are Canadian residents. There is an exception if the policyholder has an existing Sun Life Financial policy with a contractual right to purchase a payout annuity.
*Subject to legislation
*Applications with premiums over $5 million are subject to review. Special pricing may apply.
Payments may be deferred for a maximum of 10 years, subject to restrictions based on the source of premium.
Death benefits depend on whether income has started, the source of premium and the guaranteed period chosen.
A payout annuity cannot be partially or fully surrendered and has no cash surrender value.
If you have a life-shortening condition, we'll consider issuing an enhanced life annuity. This can result in a lower premium or higher income than for someone of the same age and gender without a health impairment. You must provide acceptable medical evidence and special underwriting rules will apply.
An advisor’s job is to help you understand how different products – each with their own features and options – can best meet your individual needs. Talk to your advisor; if you don't have an advisor, find one you're comfortable working with. There’s no cost to talk to an advisor.
To get the most out of the meeting with your advisor, take some time beforehand to think carefully about what you want to achieve. To help your advisor recommend the right products for your needs, it will be helpful if you gather some basic information about your income, assets and liabilities – including your savings, investment and pension plan statements.
Your advisor will use an annuity calculator to help you understand your options and then work with you to complete the paperwork that’s required and ensure your money is transferred. Shortly after making your purchase, you will receive a policy document confirming the details of your new annuity.