Death Benefits and Financial Assistance

There are a number of programs which may offer financial assistance. Please select from the related links below for more information

Canada Pension Plan – Survivor & Death Benefits

The Canada Pension Plan, Income Security Programs provides the contributor both survivor benefits and a lump sum death benefit.

Crime Victim Assistance Program

Under the Crime Victim Assistance Program, immediate family members of an injured or deceased victim, and some witnesses may be eligible for financial assistance or benefits relating to crimes which occurred in B.C.

Insurance Corporation of B.C.

If an insured person is killed in a motor vehicle crash, Basic Autoplan will reimburse burial and funeral expenses of up to $2,500.

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation may pay funeral service costs for persons who die in B.C. if there are no immediate sources of funds or assets available to meet those costs.

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

The overall co-ordination of funeral and burial arrangements of currently serving members on paid service, in accordance with the wishes of the executor or personal representative named in the Will, and consistent with current regulations and orders, is usually the responsibility of the unit. Assistance may be available for funeral and burial costs as well as next of kin travel arrangements.

Public Guardian & Trustee of B.C.

The Public Guardian & Trustee administers the estates of deceased and missing persons where there is no one else able to do so.

Last Post Fund / Veteran Affairs Canada

The Last Post Fund delivers the Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral & Burial Program which offers assistance with funeral, burial and grave marking for Veterans who meet the financial and service criteria. All Veterans who served in the Cdn military (WW2, Korea, Regular and Reserve Forces) are now service eligible. Allied Veterans who served with the Allied Forces during WW2 or the Korean War and lived in Canada for at least 10 years, and was living in Canada at time of death are service eligible. To qualify financially for assistance, a means-test or evaluation of net assets of the estate must be declared. Contact the Last Post Fund at their Toll Free number: (800) 465-7113.

Work Related Death or Terminal Illness

WorkSafe BC provides a booklet presenting information on financial and other assistance available from the WCB, and lists resources that may be helpful following a work-related death.

Workers’ Compensation Board Death Benefits

Chapter 8 of the Rehabilitation and Claims Manual provides information for compensation on death of a worker including funeral and other death benefits. Where compensation is payable as the result of an injury resulting in death, an amount for funeral expenses is paid in addition to any other compensation payable.

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