SunUniversalLife Pro

We designed SunUniversalLife Pro for business owners, corporations and professionals. It combines the guarantees they need with the choice and flexibility they want from a universal life solution. It can help business owners maximize shareholder value and meet their long-term business planning needs. Streamlined investment account options also make it easy for Clients to choose and manage investments.

Target Client profiles: May be ideal for business owners, corporations and professionals looking to:

  • maximize shareholder value
  • address business protection or succession planning needs
  • offset the tax liabilities of a growing estate

Product overview

SunUniversalLife Pro at a glance

Coverage options

  • Single life
  • Joint first-to-die, two lives - includes - includes Survivor benefit and Automatic survivor benefit
  • Joint last-to-die COI to second death, two lives
  • Joint last-to-die COI to first death, two lives
 

Issue limits

  • Minimum: $100,000
  • Maximum: $15,000,000 - contact your Sales Director for quotes greater than the maximum.

Death benefit options

  • Insurance amount plus policy fund
  • Level insurance amount
  • Level plus adjusted cost basis (ACB)
 

Cost of insurance (COI) options and issue ages

COI   SingleJoint

Level: 
YRT to age 85: 
YRT to age 100: 

18 - 85
0 - 70
0 - 85

18 - 85
18 - 70
18 - 85

For the Level plus death benefit options, the maximum single or joint issue age is age 70.

COI bands

  • $100,000 - $249,999
  • $250,000 - $499,999
  • $500,000 - $999,999
  • $1,000,000 - $4,999,999
  • $5,000,000 and up
 

Smoking status

Non-smoker, or smoker

Surrender charges

Based on a percentage of the Target payment

  • Year 1: 100%
  • Year 2: 50%
  • Year 3: 0%

Target payment for non-rated cases is equal to100% of the level COI amount for all COI options

Policy fee

  • None

Investment account options

  • Daily interest account (DIA)
  • 10 year Guaranteed interest account (GIA)
  • Sun Life Diversified Account Pro with a minimum interest rate guarantee of 2%

Optional benefits

  • Business value protection benefit
  • Total disability waiver benefit
  • Owner waiver benefit (death, disability or death and disability)
  • Term insurance benefit
    • T10, T10 with Renewal protection, T15, T20, T30
  • Accidental death benefit
  • Guaranteed insurability benefit
  • Child term benefit

Special features

  • Access to the policy fund when disabled
  • Early death benefit
  • Living benefit
Advisor guides
Sample policy pages
Optional benefits

Business value protection benefit (BVPB)

  • Allows business owners to purchase additional insurance as their business grows without providing medical evidence
  • Issue ages: 18 - 60
  • Availability: Single Life only
  • Minimum option amount: $250,000
  • Maximum option amount: $2,500,000 across all Sun Life policies
  • Cumulative maximum equal to the lesser of $10,000,000 or 4 times the option amount
  • Options can be exercised annually within 31 days of the policy anniversary for the first 10 years
  • Expires at the earlier of the 10th policy anniversary or once the maximum amount of elections have been made
  • Not available if the Owner waiver or Guaranteed insurability benefits have been selected
  • Not available after issue or for substandard risks

Total disability waiver benefit (TDB)

  • Issue ages: 18 - 55
  • Availability: Single Life/Joint first-to-die/Joint last-to-die
  • Expires at the policy anniversary nearest the insured person's 60th birthday
  • Benefit will waive up to $50,000 of annual premium/COI across all Sun Life policies
  • Costs will be waived as long as the insured is disabled
  • Cannot be added after issue

Owner waiver death benefit

  • Issue ages: 18 - 60
  • Availability: Single Life/Joint first-to-die/Joint last-to-die
  • The owner must be different than the insured.
  • Expires at the policy anniversary nearest the owner's 70th birthday
  • Benefit will waive up to $50,000 of annual premium/COI across all Sun Life policies
  • Costs will be waived as long as costs are charged for the insurance amount and optional benefits that exist in the policy at the time of death.
  • Not available when the Business value protection benefit has been selected
  • Cannot be added after issue

Owner waiver disability benefit

  • Issue ages: 18 - 55
  • Availability: Single Life/Joint first-to-die/Joint last-to-die
  • The owner must be different than the insured.
  • Expires at the policy anniversary nearest the owner's 60th birthday
  • Benefit will waive up to $50,000 of annual premium/COI across all Sun Life policies
  • Costs will be waived as long as the owner is disabled
  • Not available when the Business value protection benefit has been selected
  • Cannot be added after issue

Owner waiver death and disability benefit

  • Issue ages: 18 - 55
  • Availability: Single Life/Joint first-to-die/Joint last-to-die
  • This optional benefit combines the coverages provided by the Owner waiver death and Owner waiver disability benefits, at a discount when compared to their individual benefit premiums.

Term insurance benefit (TIB)

Issue agesBase LifeAdditional life

T10:
T10 with RPB:
T15:
T20:
T30:

18 - 75
18 - 65
18 - 70
18 - 65
18 - 55

0 - 75
0 - 65
0 - 70
0 - 65
0 - 55

  • Availability: Single life/Joint first-to-die/Joint last-to-die
  • Expires on the policy anniversary nearest the insured person's 85th birthday, or 85th birthday of the oldest insured
  • Minimum benefit amount: $50,000
  • Maximum benefit amount - Base life: $15,000,000 minus the basic insurance amount per insured
  • Maximum benefit amount - Additional life: $15,000,000 per insured
  • All or part of the TIB death benefit is convertible to permanent life insurance without additional medical evidence, up to the policy anniversary nearest the insured's 75th birthday
  • Available after issue, subject to underwriting requirements
  • Optional Renewal protection benefit (RBP)
    • Available with T10, allows the client to pay additional costs today in exchange for lower renewal costs, compared to T10 without RPB.
    • Cannot be cancelled or added after issue.

Accidental death benefit (ADB)

  • Issue ages: 18 - 65
  • Availability: Single Life/Joint first-to-die/Joint last-to-die
  • Minimum benefit amount: $10,000
  • Maximum benefit amount: Lesser of two times the insurance amount, including Term insurance benefits, and $1,000,000 ($250,000 for ages 0-17)
  • Expires at the policy anniversary nearest the insured person's 70th birthday
  • Costs are level and are payable until expiry of the benefit.
  • Can be added after issue at the policy anniversary only

Guaranteed insurability benefit (GIB)

  • GIB allows policy owners to purchase additional life insurance for insured persons at their attained age without providing evidence of insurability.
  • Issue ages: 18 - 45
  • Availability: Single Life only
  • Minimum option amount: $20,000
  • Maximum option amount: Lesser of insurance amount (including Term insurance benefit and
  • Enhanced insurance amount) and $300,000 across all Sun Life life insurance policies
  • Elections are available every 3 years and within 31 days of a special event (marriage, birth/legal adoption of a child)
  • A maximum of 8 elections up to a maximum face amount of $2,400,000 are available
  • Expires at the earlier of the policy anniversary nearest the insured person's 55th birthday or once the maximum amount of elections have been made
  • Not available if the Business value protection benefit has been selected
  • Not available after issue or for substandard risk

Child term benefit (CTB)

  • Issue ages: 18 - 55
  • Availability: Single Life/Joint first-to-die/Joint last-to-die
  • Child eligibility: 0-18 based on age nearest birthday
  • Covers any child named on the application (born, adopted and stepchildren) and automatically covers children born or legally adopted after the date of application. Stepchildren may be added after issue through an application
  • Minimum benefit amount: $10,000
  • Maximum benefit amount: $30,000 total across all CTB coverages with Sun Life
  • Costs are payable to the earlier of 20 years and the policy anniversary nearest the insured person's 70th birthday
  • Benefit expires at the policy anniversary nearest the base insured person's 70th birthday
  • Between the child's 18th and 25th birthdays, the owner will have the right to buy additional life insurance on the life of the child for up to 10 times the amount of the benefit
  • Can be added after issue at policy anniversary only
Investment accounts

SunUniversalLife Pro offers three investment account options to help Clients design an investment mix that helps meet their risk profile and savings goals.

Administrative information

Transaction fees

Every year, the first four transactions Clients make are free. After that, the following transactions cost $50 up front:

  • investment account mix change
  • COI withdrawal order change
  • change in COI or death benefit option
  • policy loan or cash withdrawal
  • increases or decreases to the amount of insurance
  • adding or deleting an optional benefit
  • change to non-smoker rates
  • rating changes
  • change in Early death benefit percentage

The following changes are excluded from the four free transactions, and fees are required to be paid up front:

  • $25 charge for any returned PAC payments
  • $50 to reissue a replacement contract
  • $50 for accounting history for two years and over

We may charge a fee for policy transactions or policy changes other than those listed above. The maximum fee charged at any time is $50 per transaction.

Withdrawals

The minimum withdrawal amount is $250. The maximum withdrawal amount is the current policy cash surrender value (CSV), minus 12 times the previous month's total COI for the policy. A withdrawal from the policy fund causes a reduction in the death benefit by the amount of the withdrawal.

Policy loans

Cash loans

With SunUniversalLifePro, loans against the policy fund are permitted after the first policy year. The minimum policy loan is $250. All or part of any policy loan may be taxable. The maximum policy loan is determined using the following formula:

(75% X (A + B - C)) - D - (E X(1 + F)) where:
A = the policy fund value
B = any surrender charge
C = any MVAs
D= COI deductions for the insurance amount and optional benefits for the previous month X 12
E = any outstanding policy loans, including interest
F = the current loan interest rate, divided by 100
The death benefit paid is reduced by the amount of any outstanding policy loans, including interest.

The loan interest rate isn't guaranteed and is linked to the Royal Bank of Canada prime rate, plus 2%. The interest rate is set on the day of the policy loan. At each policy anniversary the interest rate is changed to the rate that would be charged for new policy loans on that day.

Cash surrender value

The policy CSV is calculated as:

  • the policy fund value,
  •  minus surrender charges,
  •  minus any MVAs,
  •  minus policy loans including interest,
  •  plus any amount in the service account.
Living benefit

This benefit is offered on Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada life insurance products and is a non-contractual arrangement that we may approve at our discretion on a case-by-case basis. If an insured person is diagnosed with a terminal illness, an application can be made by the policy owner for a lump sum advance of 50% of the insurance amount, to a maximum of $250,000. The lump sum, plus interest, is deducted from the death benefit when paid. This benefit follows the rules of the living benefit program in effect when the policy owner applies to receive the benefit.

Splitting Joint policies

We will now allow Clients to split their Joint life policies into new single life policies at attained age and current rates without providing new evidence of insurability. The following criteria must be met:

  • The request to split a Joint life plan must be received within 90 days of obtaining a signed legal separation, divorce or dissolution of business partnership.
  • Splitting of Joint plans will be available for currently sold Joint First-to-Die or Joint Last-to-Die permanent life insurance products, and for currently sold Joint First-to-Die Term life insurance products. Splitting of Joint plans will not be allowed on plans sold prior to January 1, 2017.
  • The new single life plans will be the same type of policy as the original Joint plan. If the same type of policy is not available, Sun Life will determine what type of plans can be issued.
  • The face amount of the new single life plans can be no greater than 50% of the original Joint life base plan or a proportional split if more than 2 lives were insured on the Joint plan.
  • Premiums for the new plan(s) must be received at the time of application.
  • Upon splitting of the Joint plan, a full taxable disposition will occur. Any cash surrender value or fund value, less any outstanding loans or premiums, will be paid to the policy owner(s). This may result in tax implications, including increasing taxable income.

Client information