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Tell us if a plan member dies before retiring

Please let us know if a plan member dies so we can pay the death benefit to their beneficiary or estate.

The death of a loved one is a difficult time, with many details to take care of and many decisions to make. Please contact us as soon as possible after the death of a plan member so we can make your experience as easy as possible.

When an active plan member   dies, their employer will notify BC's Municipal Pension Plan. As a spouse, beneficiary, executor or next of kin you may also wish to call us so we can help you with the details involved.

When an inactive plan member   who has left their pension contributions in the plan dies, the spouse, beneficiary or executor should contact the plan to let us know.

Send us information that:

  • Identifies the plan member using their full name and two personal identifiers such as a Person ID, date of birth, telephone number or address
  • Provides contact information for the executor named in the will
  • Includes a copy of the death certificate

We will send a declaration form to the member's spouse, beneficiary or estate to confirm any current or former spouse(s) and beneficiary(ies). This form must be notarized and returned to us, along with a copy of the will if applicable.

We will then send the spouse, beneficiary(ies) or estate a Pre-retirement death benefits statement outlining the death benefits they will receive and steps required to receive payment.

If you are the executor of the estate, we can only share information about the estate portion of a death benefit. We cannot share whether a portion of the death benefit is payable to one or more beneficiaries.


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