Tell us if your spouse dies
If you are a plan member and your spouse dies, contact us so we can guide you through the actions you might need to take regarding your pension.
The death of a loved one is a difficult time, with many details to take care of and decisions to make. If your spouse dies, contact us so we can let you know of any decisions you need to make about your pension benefit.
Who to contactIf your spouse dies before you retire, contact your employer and BC's College Pension Plan.
If your spouse dies after you've retired, contact the plan so we can adjust your health coverage and refund premiums if necessary.
Send us a copy of the death certificate
You will need to send us a copy of your spouse's death certificate.
Update your beneficiary informationYour spouse was automatically your beneficiary unless they gave up this right by signing a waiver. If your spouse did not give up this right and you also named an alternate beneficiary, when you die, the alternate beneficiary will receive your pension benefit for the remainder of the guarantee period.
If you have not yet retired, you can name a new beneficiary by doing one of the following:
- Signing in to My Account to make your change immediately
- Submitting the Nomination of beneficiary (pre-retirement) form to the plan
If you have retired, your ability to name a new beneficiary may be restricted, depending on the pension option you chose when you applied for your pension. You can find this information on your semi-annual statement. If you are able to name a new beneficiary, you can do so by sending us the Change of beneficiary (for retired member) form.
Cancel retirement health coverage for your spouse
If your spouse received health coverage through your voluntary extended health care and/or dental plan, we will adjust your coverage and refund any premiums, if applicable.
Learn about potential death benefits from other agencies
Inform Service Canada of your spouse's death. Service Canada can answer your questions about the Canada Pension Plan, old age security and related programs.