Tell us if your spouse dies

If your spouse was not a plan member, contact us using Message Centre in My Account or by phone.


When you contact BC’s WorkSafeBC Pension Plan, we will guide you through actions you might need to take with your pension.

Send us a copy of the death certificate

You will need to send us a copy of your spouse’s death certificate. Attach a copy to a message using Message Centre in My Account. If you prefer, you can mail or fax us a copy.

If you’re receiving your pension

If your spouse was covered under your voluntary extended health care or dental plans, we will adjust your coverage. If needed, we will refund any premiums.

Your ability to name a new beneficiary may be restricted. It depends on:

  • The pension option you chose when you applied for your pension
  • Whether your spouse was your current beneficiary

Using My Account is the quickest and simplest way to see and update your beneficiary. To find out if you can name a new beneficiary, sign in to My Account. If you are able to name a new beneficiary, you can do so immediately in My Account.

If you cannot access My Account, look on your annual statement to see if you are able to name a new beneficiary. If so, submit a Change of beneficiary (for retired member) form to the plan.

If you aren’t yet receiving your pension

Using My Account is the quickest and simplest way to update your beneficiary.

If you cannot access My Account, submit a Nomination of beneficiary (pre-retirement) form to the plan.

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.


External link in the event of a death

Go to Service Canada for more information