This information booklet insert has been prepared to give you an informal summary of the main features of your accidental death & dismemberment insurance program.
This insert is not an insurance policy, and does not grant or confer any contractual rights. All rights under this program shall be governed by the provisions of the master policy and by applicable law.
All full-time and regular part-time employees must be covered for accidental death and dismemberment insurance which provides coverage 24 hours per day while actively employed by the University, worldwide, travelling or at home, on or off the job in an amount equal to 3 times annual earnings rounded to the next higher $1,000, if not already a multiple thereof (principal sum), to a maximum of $300,000. Commencing at age 61 this maximum decreases $20,000 per year to age 65 and $30,000 per year thereafter to a minimum of $50,000 at age 70. This same level of coverage is available for employees of Associated Employers/Grant holders. However, agreement to pay 100% of the cost must be provided before coverage is extended.
Your loss of life benefit shall be payable to the beneficiary or beneficiaries designated under your basic group life insurance, or if there is no such beneficiary designation the benefit shall be payable to your Estate.
Definition of Injury: “Injury” means bodily injury caused by an accident occurring while your coverage is in force under the policy, and resulting directly and independently of all other causes in loss covered by the policy, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world.
With the exception of occupational training, child education and day care benefits all other indemnities payable shall be payable to you.
If an injury caused by an accident result in any of the following losses within one year after the date of the accident, the plan provides the following benefits:
|For Loss of:||Amount Payable:|
|Entire Sight of One Eye||Principal Sum|
|Hearing in One Ear||½ × Principal Sum|
|All Toes of One Foot||¼ × Principal Sum|
|For Loss or Loss of Use of:||Amount Payable:|
|One Arm||Principal Sum|
|One Leg||Principal Sum|
|One Hand||Principal Sum|
|One Foot||Principal Sum|
|Thumb & Index Finger or at least Four Fingers of One Hand||1/3 × Principal Sum|
|For Total Paralysis of:||Amount Payable:|
|Both Upper and Lower Limbs (Quadriplegia)||2 × Principal Sum|
|Both Lower Limbs (Paraplegia)||2 × Principal Sum|
|Upper and Lower Limbs of one Side of Body (Hemiplegia)||2 × Principal Sum|
Cosmetic Disfigurement Benefit
When, as a direct result of participating in the Covered Activities as described in the definition of “Injury”, and Insured Person suffers cosmetic disfigurement due to a burn, the Insurer will pay the Cosmetic Disfigurement Benefit, provided that such burn is classified as a 3rd degree burn.
Indemnity provided under this section for all losses sustained by any one insured person as the result of any one accident will not exceed the Principal Sum, with the exception of quadriplegia, paraplegia and hemiplegia (two times the Principal Sum for all losses sustained by an insured person as the result of the same accident, or 100% of the Principal Sum if loss of life occurs within 90 days after the date of the accident).
In no event will indemnity provided under this section exceed two times the Principal Sum for all losses sustained by an insured person as the result of the same accident. Cosmetic Disfigurement Benefit: When, as a direct result of participating in the Covered Activities as described in the definition of “Injury”, and Insured Person suffers cosmetic disfigurement due to a burn, the Insurer will pay the Cosmetic Disfigurement Benefit, provided that such burn is classified as a 3rd degree burn.
The amount of benefit payable under this section is based on the percentage of the Principal Sum, as shown in the Cosmetic Burn Schedule below, which is determined by the Area Classification Factor times the percentage of body surface actually burned.
The Maximum Allowable Percentage for Body surface Burned, as shown in the following Cosmetic Burn Schedule, is based on 100% of the specific body part that was burned. The attending Physician will determine the actual percentage applicable to each burn.
If an Insured Person suffers burns to more than 1 body part as a result of any accident, benefits payable for all such burns will not exceed 100% of the Principal Sum.
Cosmetic Burn Schedule:
|Body Part||Area Classification Factor||Maximum Allowable % for Body Surface Burned||Maximum % of Principal Sum Payable|
|Face, Neck, Head||11||9.0%||99.9%|
|Hand & Forearm (Right)||5||4.5%||22.5%|
|Hand & Forearm (Left)||5||4.5%||22.5%|
|Upper Arm (Right)||3||4.5%||13.5%|
|Upper Arm (Left)||3||4.5%||13.5%|
|Lower Leg – below knee (Right)||3||9.0%||27.0%|
|Lower Leg – below knee (Left)||3||9.0%||27.0%|
In the event benefits are payable under this section and the sections Benefit Payable of “Permanent total Disability Indemnity”, the total benefits payable will not exceed 100% of the Principal Sum or 200% for Paralysis.
Permanent Total Disability Indemnity
When, as the result of injury occurring prior to age 65, an Insured Employee becomes totally disabled within 365 days of the date of the accident and is prevented from engaging in each and every occupation or employment for compensation or profit for which he is or may become reasonably qualified by reason of his education, training or experience, the Insurer will pay in one (1) sum, provided such disability has continued for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months and is total and permanent at the end of this period, the Principal Sum, less any other amount paid or payable under the Benefit Payable Section, as the result of the same accident. Identification Benefit: In the event accidental Loss of Life is sustained by an Insured Person whose body requires identification, and indemnity for such Loss subsequently becomes payable in accordance with the terms of this policy, the Insurer will pay the reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred by a member of the Immediate Family for:
- Lodging and board while en route and/or during the stay in the city or town where the body is located (not to exceed a maximum duration of 3 consecutive nights);
- Transportation by the most direct route from his normal place of residence to such location and return to his normal place of residence, provided the body is located not less than 150 kilometres from the said family member’s normal place of residence and the identification of the body is requested by the police or a similar law enforcement agency having authority over such matters.
Payment will not be made for ordinary living, travelling or clothing expenses, other than stated above.
The maximum amount payable under this section will not exceed in the aggregate the amount of $5,000.
“Member of the Immediate Family” means a person at least 18 years of age, who is the son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, (all of the above include natural, adopted or step relationship), spouse, grandson, granddaughter, grandfather or grandmother of the Insured Person.
If you sustain accidental loss of life which becomes payable under the program, repatriation benefits up to $10,000 will be paid for expenses incurred for the return home of your body (including preparation charges for transportation). The death must occur at least 50 kilometres from your normal residence.
If you sustain any loss which becomes payable under the program and such loss requires you to participate in a rehabilitation program in order to qualify to engage in an occupation in which you would not have engaged except for such loss, the insurer will pay the reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred within 3 years from the date of the accident to a maximum of $10,000. No payment will be made for room, board or other ordinary living, travelling or clothing expenses.
Occupational Training Benefit*:
If you sustain accidental loss of life which becomes payable under the program, this benefit will refund expenses incurred for your spouse to engage in a formal occupational training program in order to upgrade his/her employment qualifications, to a maximum of $10,000 within 3 years from the date of the accident. No payment will be made for room, board or other ordinary living, travelling or clothing expenses.
Family Transportation Benefit*:
If any loss covered under the program confines you to a hospital or if any injury confines you to a hospital for a period of at least 4 consecutive days, and such hospital is located more than 150 km from normal residence, this benefit will refund expenses incurred by a member of your immediate family for hotel accommodation and transportation (via the most direct route) to the hospital bedside, up to a maximum of $1,000. Private transportation expenses are limited to $0.20 per km travelled.
Home Alteration & Vehicle Modification Benefit*:
If you sustain the loss of or loss of use of both feet or legs or become quadriplegic, paraplegic or hemiplegic, for which indemnity is payable under the policy, and subsequently require the use of a wheelchair to be ambulatory, we will pay the reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred within 3 years of the date of the accident causing such loss for:
- The cost of alterations to your principal residence; and/or
- The cost of modifications to one motor vehicle utilized by you when such modifications are approved by licensing authorities where required for the purpose of making them wheelchair accessible.
Payment by the insurer for the total of all expenses incurred by or for any insured person will not exceed $10,000 as the result of any one accident.
*The benefits marked with an asterisk (*) will only be payable under one of the policies issued to your employer by the insurer.
Child Education Benefit:
If you sustain accidental loss of life which becomes payable under the program, up to 5% of your principal sum (maximum $5,000 is in combination with the education benefit maximum provided under any other policy issued to the policyholder by the insurer) will be payable for each qualifying dependent child for post-secondary education expenses provided the child (i) is already enrolled full-time in an education program or (ii) is at a secondary school level but will enroll, as a full-time student in a post-secondary education program within 365 days of your death.
This is payable annually for each year for up to 4 consecutive years. No payment will be made for expenses incurred prior to your death nor will payment be made for room, board or other ordinary living, travelling or clothing expenses.
If your dependent child satisfies the above requirements, any benefits payable will be paid to such child. If none of your dependent children satisfy the above requirements, a lump sum of $2,500 will be paid to your beneficiary. This amount will only be paid under one of the policies issued to your employer by the insurer.
“Post-secondary education” includes any university, college, CEGEP or trade school.
Seat Belt Benefit:
If, at the time of the accident, you were wearing a properly fastened seat belt and driving or riding in a vehicle driving by a driver who was neither intoxicated nor under the influence of drugs (unless taken as prescribed by a physician), and a loss becomes payable under the program, the applicable amount of Principal Sum will be increased by 10% for those wearing a seat belt.
“Intoxicated” and “being under the influence of drugs” is as defined by the jurisdiction in which the accident occurs.
“Vehicle” means a passenger car, station wagon, van, jeep-type automobile, truck, ambulance or any type of motorized vehicle used by municipal, provincial or federal police forces.
Hospital Indemnity Benefit:
A daily benefit of 1/30th of 1% of your Principal Sum, to a maximum of $2,500 per month. This maximum which is in combination with the hospital indemnity benefit maximum provided under any other policy issued to the policyholder by the insurer, will be payable to you when you or your Insured dependent(s) are in hospital and under the care of a physician, but only if the period of hospitalization is uninterrupted, results from an injury and begins while insurance under the policy is in force.
Such daily benefit will be paid from the first day of hospitalization if hospitalized:
- Due to a loss payable under the program, or
- Due to an injury which requires hospitalization for at least 4 consecutive days;
but in no event for more than 365 days per injury.
Day Care Benefit:
If you sustain accidental loss of life which becomes payable under the program, up to 5% of your Principal Sum (maximum $5,000 which maximum is in combination with the day care benefit maximum provided under any other policy issued to the policyholder by the insurer) will be payable for each qualifying dependent child for day care expenses provided the child (i) is enrolled in a legally licensed day care centre on the date of the accident, or (ii) enroll in a legally licensed day care centre within 365 days after the date of your death and (iii) is under 13 years of age.
This is payable annually for each year for up to 4 consecutive years. No payment will be made for expenses incurred prior to your death, nor will payment be made for room, board or other ordinary living, travelling or clothing expenses.
If a dependent child does satisfy the requirements indicated above, the day care benefit will be payable to the surviving spouse if the spouse has custody of the child. If there is no surviving spouse or the child does not reside with the spouse, benefits will then be paid to the child’s legally appointed guardian. If none of your dependent children satisfy the above requirements, we will pay an amount of $2,500 under one of the policies issued to your employer by the insurer to your beneficiary.
Your coverage may be continued if you retire on pension or allowance from service with your employer prior to age 65, with payment of premium at the regular rate until the end of the month during which you attain age 65.
On or after the date of retirement, your amount of insurance may not be increased.
Continuation of Coverage:
If, under your basic group life insurance program, your life insurance is continued during any approved leave of absence, temporary lay-offs, maternity leave or disability leave, provided payment of premium is continued. The coverage, which is continued under this clause, will be subject to the terms and provisions of the master policy in effect as of the date of commencement of the leave, including any provision for reductions in the amount of insurance. The amount of insurance cannot be increased during a continuation period.
You are covered while riding as a passenger, but not as a pilot, operator or member of the crew, in any aircraft provided the aircraft has a current and valid certificate of airworthiness and is flown by a licensed pilot. You are also covered when boarding or alighting from or struck by any aircraft.
Exposure and Disappearance:
If, by reason of an accident covered by this program, you are unavoidably exposed to the elements and such exposure results in a covered loss, such loss will be covered.
If you are not found within one year of the disappearance, sinking or wrecking of a conveyance in which you were riding at the time of the accident, it will be presumed you have suffered loss of life resulting from bodily injury caused by an accident.
The program does not cover any loss, fatal or non-fatal, caused or contributed to by:
- intentionally self-inflicted injury while sane or self-inflicted injury while insane;
- declared or undeclared war or any act thereof;
- active full-time service in the armed forces of any country;
- riding as a passenger or otherwise in any vehicle or device for aerial navigation, other than as provided in the section entitled “Aircraft Coverage”.
Waiver of Premium:
If, due to disability, you receive benefits under your employer’s long term disability program, your premium will automatically be waived until the earlier of your attainment of age 65 or on termination of disability.
Your amount of Insurance cannot be increased while on waiver.
Termination of Coverage:
Your insurance coverage will stop on the earliest of the following dates:
- on the date the policy is terminated;
- on the premium due date if your employer fails to pay your premiums to the insurer, except as the result of an inadvertent error;
- on July 1st coincident with or next following the date you reach your 70th birthday, except if you were hired prior to July 1st, 1964 in which case your coverage will terminate on September 1st, coincident with or next following your 70th birthday;
- on the date you cease to be an eligible employee;
- on the date you cease to be an active employee of your employer on account of leave of absence, lay-off, maternity leave, disability, resignation, dismissal, pension or retirement, except as provided under the following clauses:
- Waiver of Premium
- Continuation of Coverage During Approved Leaves
If your insurance should stop, you can still file a claim under the policy for losses arising from an accident that occurred prior to the termination date.
In the Event of a Claim, you or your beneficiary must notify your employer.
In the case of claim, written notice of injury must be given to the insurer within 30 days after the date of the accident and written proof of loss must be furnished to them within 90 days after the date of such loss. Failure to furnish such notice or proof within such time shall not invalidate nor reduce any claim if it shall be shown not to have been reasonably possible to furnish such notice or proof and that such notice or proof was furnished as soon as was reasonably possible, but in no event later than one year after the date of the accident.
Your basic accidental death and dismemberment benefits are underwritten by SSQ Insurance Group (Policy No. 1PX50).