Types of insurance

Here is an overview of the types of insurance we offer to protect you and your dependents from the financial consequences of an illness, accident, inability to work or death.

Some plans also include a health spending account (HSA) to cover additional medical and dental expenses.

Supplementary healthcare

Covers some expenses that aren’t reimbursed under public healthcare plans1, such as:

  • Hospitalization expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Fees for healthcare professionals

Vision care

Covers the most common vision care expenses1, such as:

  • Eye exams
  • Glasses and contact lenses
  • Eye surgery

Convalescent care

Covers expenses for a number of services so you or your family member can recover at home (after an operation, for example).

  • Various home care services
  • Convalescence assistance service

Prescription drug

Normally comes with supplementary healthcare insurance and covers drug costs1.

Find out how to keep your drug costs down.

Dental care

Covers expenses for common dental treatments and procedures, such as:

  • Preventive care (cleanings, checkups)
  • Restorative care (fillings, crowns, dentures, etc.)

Disability

Replaces your salary if you become disabled for a short or long period of time.

Critical illness

Pays a lump sum if you or a family member are diagnosed with a critical illness or undergo an eligible surgical procedure.

Life

Pays a lump sum in the event of natural or accidental death.

Accidental death and dismemberment

Pays a lump sum in the event of accidental death, dismemberment or loss of sight.

  • In the case of a death, this amount is paid on top of the life insurance lump sum

Optional

Lets you increase the amount of your insurance coverage or purchase coverage that isn’t included in your basic plan.

Three types of optional insurance are available:

  • Life
  • Critical illness
  • Accidental death and dismemberment

Travel and trip cancellation

Cover certain emergency medical expenses incurred when you and your dependents are travelling out of your province of residence1.

  • Emergency healthcare
  • Repatriation
  • Trip cancellation or interruption

You can also get medical, personal and financial assistance wherever you are, 24/7, thanks to our Travel Assistance service.

For expatriate employees
For temporary residents

Cover you while you’re working outside of the country or when you return after an extended absence, or if you are a foreign worker coming to Canada.

Health spending account

An HSA is an add-on to your group insurance. The idea is pretty simple: your employer deposits a certain number of credits in your HSA at the beginning of each plan year, which you and your dependents can use to pay for health and dental expenses that aren't covered.

Your HSA credits cover:

  • Certain health and dental expenses that aren't covered under your plan
  • Deductibles or co-insurance amounts
  • Health and dental expenses above the covered maximum
  • Your premium contribution

Learn more about the health spending account

1. Part of our extended healthcare benefit, which includes supplementary healthcare, vision care, home care and prescription drug insurance, as well as travel and trip cancellation insurance.