Life Insurance Nova Scotia: Rates, Quotes, Tips

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Life Insurance Nova Scotia: Intro

Life InsuranceWelcome to your Life Insurance Guide for Nova Scotia. This page will give you an idea of Life Insurance Premiums people choose to pay in Nova Scotia and across other provinces, will inform about key factors that impact your Life Insurance Rates, and share some savings opportunities when choosing Life Insurance.

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How Much Do Others Choose to Pay for Life Insurance in NS and in Canada

The chart shows a comparison of term life and universal life insurance premiums that consumers pay for Life Insurance in Canada. Please consider that though these are are self-reported data, we found out that many consumers in Nova Scotia are underinsured. Life Insurance premiums will also strongly depend on number of factors – these are average premiums.

Overall there are several important questions to answer before choosing Life Insurance:

  • How much coverage (e.g. $100,000 or $$2,000,000) do I need and how long (e.g. for the next 25 years to insure my mortgage vs till end of my life to ensure that my family is safe)?
  • What type of life insurance product do I need (e.g. Term Life, Whole Life, Universal Life etc)?
  • What provider should I choose?

When you are getting a quote with us, we not only calculate the best rate for you based on your needs but also give an opportunity to speak with an experienced adviser who can answer all your questions, address your concerns and explain all insurance details.

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How Do Different Aspects Impact Your Life Insurance Rates?

#AspectRate Impact#AspectRate Impact
1SmokingIncrease of 200%5Your Depression HistoryIncrease of 50 - 200%
2DrinkingIncrease of 50%6Your Physical BuildDecrease of 25% to Increase of 200%
3Your Family HistoryIncrease of 50 - 250%7Your Driving RecordIncrease of 25% to 50%
4Your Medical HistoryExcludes coverage for some deseases8Your GenderDecrease of 25% for Women

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How Can You Save on Life Insurance?

  • Family history: Having a healthy family without any serious diseases lowers your life insurance premiums as you are less likely to face a critical illness. Known serious issues in your family’s medical history can increase the premiums by 50% to 250%.
  • Don’t drink excessively and reduce your low insurance rates: If you do not have any drinking issues, you can benefit from lower insurance rates – otherwise your premiums can increase by up to 50%. An intensive drinker would be considered somebody who drinks 3-4 beers a day.
  • Rounding mathematics matters: If you decide to buy a life insurance policy, make sure that your age rounds down and not up, i.e. if you are going to be 30 years old on December 31, buy the policy in the first 6 months of the year where your age is still rounded down to 29 and not 30.
  • Smoking impacts your health and insurance rates: Stop smoking well in advance (at least a year) before applying for a policy – otherwise your premiums will double. Like cigars? Well, many life insurance companies consider smoking more than 1 cigar per month and you won’t be able to get non-smoker rates.
  • Avoid insurance agents: Insurance agent is not equal to insurance broker. Agents typically work for one company only and can offer only products of this company. That does not leave too many options.
  • Got Life, Disability and Critical Illness? Cancel Mortgage insurance: Mortgage insurance is a fascinating product created by money lenders. Simply said, it is a different name of Life, Disability and Critical Illness insurance policy associated with payments for your mortgage.  Got a mortgage of $500k together with mortgage insurance for that? Well, if you have a Life policy large enough, you can save yourself mortgage insurance.
  • Annual vs. monthly payments: In comparison to monthly payments, annual payments save insurers administrative costs (e.g. sending bills) and therefore they may reward you with lower premiums.
  • Annual review: Review your policies and coverage every year, since new discounts could apply to your new life situation if it has changed. An example would be your growth of your kid (and as a consequence less funds that you need to keep as reserves) or complete payout of your mortgage.
  • Member of something? Some insurers reward it: Are you a member of a professional organization (e.g. Certified Management Accountants of Canada or The Air Canada Pilots Association)? Then some insurance companies will offer you a discount
  • Interested in more saving tips for Life Insurance? Get an insurance quote below and connect with an experienced insurance professional to get more tips.

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Life Insurance Regulation Body in Nova Scotia

Similar to other provinces there is s regulation body in Nova Scotia that regulates life insurance matters, The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. It regulates the business of insurance in the province and enforces the Insurance Act. The key objectives of The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance are:

  • License all insurers operating in the province and all insurance agents/brokers, agencies, and adjusters
  • Facilitate the interface between consumers and the insurance industry by working toward a responsive legislative framework for insurance companies and agents
  • Assist insurance consumers in dealing with insurance matters
  • Interpret the Insurance Act and regulations for insurers and brokers

Link: Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, Nova Scotia

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