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Planning for your loved ones

January 18, 2017

Ensuring your affairs are in order will help us to assist your loved ones should you become incapacitated or upon your death. Here are three things to consider today to ease what will undoubtedly be a difficult time: 

  1. Designate a power of attorney (POA), and let us know about it. You’re not required to have a POA, but doing so will ensure that in the event you’re not of sound mind, decisions made on your behalf will be made by someone you trust. Check out the Ministry of the Attorney General’s tool kit for information on how you can go about designating a POA.
  2. If your spouse predeceases you, please let us know and provide a copy of the death certificate. We’ll update your profile and when your survivors notify us of your death, it’s one less step that they’ll  have to worry about.   
  3. Create a contact list for your survivors that includes our Member Hotline (1-800-668-0105) and the Canada Pension Plan. Our Pension Benefits Specialists will guide your eligible spouse or dependent children through the survivor benefit or pension application process.