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CAA Life Insurance FAQs

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about CAA Insurance Plans. If you are uncertain about the meaning of certain words, you'll find definitions for many of the most commonly used insurance terms in our Insurance Glossary


How do I apply?

Applying is fast and easy. You can apply for life insurance online and follow the simple instructions or call 1-888-334-4561 to apply over the phone. You can also request a brochure on any of our products. If you haven't already done so, click here to get a free, no-obligation insurance quote or contact us to get a quote over the phone.

What should I do if I'm having issues with the online application?

Please contact us. Or call 1-888-334-4561 to speak with a licensed advisor and they will help you complete your application over the phone.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. You can also email us.

What are my payment options?

You have three convenient payment options to choose from:

  • Annually by cheque
  • Monthly or annually by Visa or MasterCard
  • Directly from your chequing account by monthly pre-authorized debit

How do I change my payment method?

To change your payment method, simply complete our online change of payment form, complete the form on the back of your Premium Notice or contact us. If you would like to update your credit card information, please contact us.

How do I change my mailing address, email address or telephone number?

Please contact us if you would like to make changes to your mailing address, email address or telephone number, or complete the online change of address form.

How much does life insurance cost?

The life insurance premiums you pay are based on a number of things, including how much coverage you need, your smoking status, your sex and your age. Apply for life insurance online now before your next birthday and you will save by locking in at a lower premium. To get a free, no-obligation quote, simply answer a few simple questions online or contact us.

Do I have to pay to get a quote?

No. To get a free, no-obligation quote, simply answer a few simple questions online or contact us.

Are there savings for non-smokers?

Yes. CAA Life Insurance offers non-smokers significant insurance premium savings, compared to those for smokers.

What if I smoke occasionally?

Non-smoker rates apply to people who have not used any form of tobacco, tobacco cessation products or marijuana in the past 12 months. Smoker status is determined when your insurance coverage is approved (and, in the case of Term Life Insurance coverage, if you meet our health standards). If you apply for additional coverage, your smoking status as of that date will apply to your insurance coverage in its entirety.

What if I quit smoking after I am covered?

Notify us after a 12-month period during which you have not used any form of tobacco, tobacco cessation products or marijuana. We will mail you a non-smoker declaration to complete and return to us. You can also download a non-smoker declaration now. If you meet our health standards and your application for non-smoker rates is approved, your lower non-smoker rates for coverage will begin on the 1st of the month following the date of your non-smoker application.

I have received my premium notice. What do I need to do?

If your payment method of choice is either by credit card or pre-authorized debit (automatic bank withdrawal), and the credit card or account number shown on your premium notice is correct, you don't need to do anything. We will charge your insurance premium payment to your account in the month in which your premium is due, and apply it to your insurance coverage. If your payment method is by cheque, send a cheque for the full amount to us by the anniversary date of your insurance.

When are my insurance premiums due?

Your premium is due on the date indicated on your insurance premium notice or on the first day of each month if you are paying monthly. A 30-day grace period is granted for submitting your insurance premium after the due date. Your insurance will be cancelled if you do not pay the insurance premium within the grace period.

How do I increase the amount of my insurance coverage?

To apply for increased coverage, simply complete another application for the additional insurance coverage amount, then send it to us. Your spouse may also be covered under certain CAA Life Insurance Plans. If you prefer, contact one of our experienced customer service representatives and we'll send you an application form through the mail.

How do I change my beneficiary?

You can change the individual or institution you choose to receive your benefit by downloading, completing and signing a change of beneficiary form and mailing it to us. To request a change of beneficiary form to be mailed to you, contact us. If your beneficiary is irrevocable, you will need your beneficiary's consent to make this change.

What if I change my mind after applying for coverage?

Once you receive your policy or certificate of insurance, examine it carefully. If you are not completely satisfied, simply return it to us within 30 days, indicating that you would like to have your coverage cancelled and your insurance premiums refunded in full. We'll be happy to do this for you – no questions asked.

How do I cancel my insurance coverage?

Please contact us.

Why should I buy insurance from Manulife?

Established over 128 years ago, Manulife is a leading Canadian-based financial services group, serving millions of customers in 21 countries and territories worldwide. Our vision is to be the most professional financial services organization in the world, providing strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for our clients' most significant financial decisions.

Life Insurance

Why do I need life insurance?

The purpose of life insurance is to protect your loved ones. Should the unthinkable happen, the money from your life insurance could be used to take care of living expenses, mortgage payments, outstanding debts and credit card payments, childcare and education expenses, funeral costs, and more. The money could also be left as a gift to a loved one and/or favourite charity or be used to protect the value of your estate and/or business.

What if I already have life insurance?

As your lifestyle changes, so do your life insurance needs. Major life events like getting married, purchasing a home, having a child or buying a business can all increase your need for life insurance, making it important that you review your current life insurance coverage each year to ensure it's enough to meet your needs.

How much life insurance do I need?

The amount of life insurance that's right for you depends on your unique personal and financial situation, including whether you have a spouse and/or children, your existing assets, your liabilities, etc.

Why should I consider CAA Term Life Insurance over mortgage life insurance?

There are four main reasons why CAA Term Life Insurance is a smart alternative to mortgage life insurance:

  • Mortgage life insurance typically pays the death benefit to the lender who holds your mortgage(s). CAA Term Life Insurance will pay the death benefit directly to your beneficiary, giving them more control over how that money is spent.
  • With mortgage life insurance, your coverage declines as your mortgage decreases. With CAA Term Life Insurance, your coverage amount stays the same.
  • With mortgage life insurance, you have to re-apply every time you change lending institutions or buy a new home. With CAA Term Life Insurance, your insurance is automatically renewed – with no medical questions asked – unless you want to increase your coverage. You can cancel your plan any time you wish.
  • Depending on your age and health, the premiums for mortgage insurance can also be much higher than for CAA Term Life protection.

What is a death benefit?

A death benefit is the money an insurance company will pay to your named beneficiary if you die while your life insurance is in effect. The amount paid will be equal to the insurance coverage amount you have at the time of your death.

How is a death benefit claim made?

Please contact us. We will explain which documents are needed to initiate a death benefit claim.

Will my beneficiary have to pay taxes on my death benefit?

No. Under Canadian law, your beneficiary isn't taxed on the benefit amount. They can use the lump-sum payment however they see fit.

What is a Living Benefit?

A Living Benefit means that you are eligible to receive a compassionate one-time cash advance of up to 50 per cent of your life insurance coverage if you are diagnosed as terminally ill with 12 months or less to live, provided your insurance has been in effect for two years. You can use this money however you wish. The maximum amount payable will depend on which plan you have purchased. At the time of your death, your beneficiary will receive the balance of your insurance coverage amount.

FollowMe™ Life Insurance

Who should apply for FollowMe Life Insurance?

If you are losing your group life coverage, FollowMe Life Insurance offers you a simple, affordable way to gain the confidence of knowing that the financial protection you want for your loved ones will continue uninterrupted. Specifically designed to start when your group life insurance coverage stops, it offers you guaranteed acceptance – with no medical exam or medical questions when you apply – if you apply within 60 days of your group coverage ending.

Is my FollowMe Life Insurance coverage portable?

Yes. Unlike group coverage that can change or end as you move from one employer to another or retire, you will have your FollowMe Life Insurance coverage up until age 80.

Critical Illness Insurance

Does the illness have to be terminal for me to make a critical illness insurance claim?

No. Only the diagnosis of the covered illness is required to receive insurance benefits. (Provided all other conditions of the contract are met.)

How much does critical illness insurance cost?

The critical illness insurance premiums you pay are based on your smoking status, your sex and your age when you apply. The rates are guaranteed not to change for the first 5 years and then are renewable at every 5-year duration. You will experience savings by locking in your premiums at a younger age.

If I've made a critical illness insurance claim, can I go back to work?

Yes. Any income you make will not affect your lump-sum payment. You will receive your insurance benefit amount after satisfying the conditions following a diagnosis.

What happens if I reach 75 without making a critical illness insurance claim?

Your plan expires on the policy anniversary of the year you reach the age of 75 without making a claim. On the policy anniversary after you reach 75, any unearned premium (monthly or annual premium) will be refunded to you and your coverage will end. Find out more about the benefits of a Return of Premium Rider.