Death of a spouse guide

Contact us to learn about the steps you need to take relating to your pension.

The death of a loved one is a difficult time, with many details to take care of and many decisions to make. If your spouse dies, please contact us so that we can let you know of any decisions you need to make regarding your pension benefit.

Your spouse   is automatically your beneficiary, unless they have formally waived the minimum 60 per cent lifetime survivor's benefit and their beneficiary rights to your pension.

If your spouse is your beneficiary and your spouse dies, the alternate beneficiary you named to your spouse will receive your pension benefit, if applicable, when you die.

You may want to update your beneficiary   information after the death of your spouse.

As an active plan member, please contact us to let us know your spouse has died. You can then name a new beneficiary by either:

  • Signing in to My Account to make your change immediately
  • Submitting the Nomination of beneficiary (pre-retirement) form to the WorkSafeBC Pension Plan

As a retired plan member, your ability to name a new beneficiary may be restricted, depending on the pension option you chose at retirement. Please contact us for more information. If you are able to name a new beneficiary, submit the Nomination of beneficiary (at retirement) form.