What is universal life insurance?

Universal life insurance is an all-in-one way to get the protection you need and build your savings. The policy combines permanent life insurance protection for lifelong peace of mind with a broad range of investment account options for tax-preferred savings growth. You choose a guaranteed death benefit for your beneficiaries and the payments you make above the cost of insurance can grow in a tax-preferred savings account. Or you can use them to increase the amount of your death benefit.

Is universal life insurance right for you?

You may be interested in universal life insurance if you are:

  • Looking for ways to build your savings alongside your RRSPs and TFSA
  • Looking for a way to leave more money for your children and grandchildren
  • A business owner looking for a tax-efficient way to protect the value of your business

Types of universal life insurance:

SunSpectrum Universal Life II

  • SunSpectrum Universal Life II provides straightforward and flexible permanent life insurance protection to help meet your long-term needs, plus the opportunity for tax-preferred growth in savings.
  • A reduced paid-up feature allows you to stop making payments any time after age 70.
  • A guaranteed investment bonus rewards you for maintaining and growing your policy's fund value.
  • Single and joint policies are available.
  • The policy fund offers a wide variety of diversified investment account options.

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SunUniversalLife II

  • SunUniversalLife II provides our most extensive combination of insurance features and investment account options for maximum flexibility.
  • You have a choice of five death-benefit options and six cost-of-insurance options to meet your current and future protection needs.
  • Single and joint life policies are available.
  • The policy fund offers a wide variety of diversified investment account options.

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Reader's Digest Trusted Brand 2019

Why Sun Life?

For the 10th year in a row, Sun Life Financial has been voted “Most Trusted BrandTM of Life Insurance Company,” according to the 2019 Reader's Digest Trusted BrandTM Survey. Sun Life has been a winner in this category since the award’s inception Sun Life was also voted as “Most Trusted BrandTM of Health and Dental Insurance Company in 2019.”

The Ipsos Canada poll, conducted on behalf of Reader's Digest, asked more than 4,000 Canadians to name the brand they trust most in 32 product categories.

Get universal life insurance


Step 1
Find an advisor

An advisor can help you determine the right life insurance for your needs. Talk to your advisor or find one near you to help answer your questions – there is no cost to talk to an advisor.

Step 2
Meet with your advisor

To get the most out of the meeting with your advisor, take some time beforehand to think carefully about what you want to achieve. And because your advisor will need a lot of information to help recommend the policy that's right for you, get together some basic information about your income, assets and liabilities.

Step 3
Apply for coverage

Your advisor will handle the paperwork for you. You'll need to submit an application for a policy that will be evaluated by the insurance company. Depending on your age and the type and amount of coverage you want, you will need to answer a medical questionnaire. We may also ask you for additional medical or financial information.

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