ScotiaLife Financial is a Canadian insurance subsidiary of Scotiabank (also known as Bank of Nova Scotia). Through this brand, Scotiabank Group markets commercial insurance products to the general public, predominantly individuals and families. The company offers insurance products ranging from life insurance, health insurance, auto insurance, travel insurance, and creditor insurance.
Overview of policies
Life insurance policies sold via ScotiaLife Financial are underwritten by Scotia Life Insurance Company. In fact, Scotia Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Scotiabank and is the underwriter for all insurance policies sold by the Bank.
ScotiaLife insurance policies cannot currently be purchased in Scotiabank branches.
ScotiaLife does not offer permanent life insurance policies, only term life insurance plans. The term plans can be taken out for one, 10 or 20 years. There is a quasi-permanent term life insurance policy that will stop collecting premiums after the client turns 100 years old. The maximum total insurance coverage allowed per client is $500,000 for any combination of the long-term life insurance plans.
Accidental death insurance
Available insurance benefits range from $2,000 to $350,000 and come in $25,000 intervals. The benefit amounts of ScotiaLife clients are halved at age 75 and the Insurer will cease to offer insurance protection to 80-year-old clients and older. While ScotiaLife states that accidents are the 5th most common cause of death in Canada, they in fact only amount to 4.23% of deaths in the country.
As is common with accidental death policies, ScotiaLife's policy does not cover accidents occurring while the client is under the influence of drugs not prescribed by a doctor, illegal drugs, or alcohol. Also exempt are suicide, overdose with toxic or poisonous substances, injury of an athlete during a professional sporting event, and war-related injuries and accidents. Natural death or death due to illness are not covered either. Due to these limitations, the process of claiming the policy benefit may be relatively difficult and will likely require post-mortem medical assessment of the deceased and official investigation of the accident.
- Scotiabank Place
- Scotia Plaza
- Scotiabank Saddledome
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- Life insurance
- Term life insurance
- Financial District, Toronto
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