The Best No Medical Life Insurance in Canada: Company Reviews

Verified by Ivana Govedarica, Certified Life Insurance Advisor

Many Canadian insurance companies require a medical exam because it helps them understand the "risk" they're taking on and helps them give a better price to healthy applicants.

What if you don't want to do a medical exam? That's where no medical life insurance comes in. It's a convenient alternative, but it also comes at a price (literally).

We'll review the best no medical life insurance companies in Canada with the help of Certified Life Insurance Advisor, Ivana Govedarica.

Not sure what no medical is? Learn more about what it is and the pros and cons of no medical life insurance here.

Best no medical life insurance companies in Canada

Canada Protection Plan

For Canadians, Canada Protection Plan (not to be confused with the Canada Pension Plan), is the leading insurer for no medical life insurance. They have a variety of no medical and simplified issue life insurance products with both term and whole life policy options

It’s a privately owned company that’s based in Toronto and has been around for about 25 years. This makes it younger than most Canadian life insurance companies on the block. But it’s a solid option for older adults and people who haven’t been able to get coverage before.

Here’s what you can expect to pay for no medical life insurance from Canada Protection Plan:

Coverage Amount Canada Protection Plan Simplified Elite No Medical Life Insurance 20 year policy for a man, aged 35
$100,000 $22/month
$200,000 $38/month
$300,000 $54/month
$400,000 $70/month
$500,000 $86/month
Pricing based on publicly-available rates as of March 2022. Terms and conditions may apply.
Canada Protection Plan

Canada Protection Plan is a leading provider of no medical and simplified issue life insurance in Canada.  That means that they do not require the extensive medical telephone exams needed with the other insurers in Canada.

Shopping for a life insurance policy can be especially intimidating for anyone recently diagnosed with a severe health condition such as a heart attack, cancer, or a stroke.

Simplified issue or guaranteed issue products are life insurance products that do not require medical exams (or sometimes even medical questions) to qualify.

The trade-off is that no medical life insurance policies are much more expensive than traditional term life insurance and usually cap you on the total amount of coverage you can buy. But if you are unable to purchase regular term insurance, a simplified issue or guaranteed issue life insurance policy could be an excellent way to get some life insurance coverage and a small death benefit for your family.

You can read our full review of Canada Protection Plan life insurance.

Pros and cons of Canada Protection Plan:

  • Need to apply over the phone: Application must be done over the phone, not online. You can a quote online.
  • Not for everyone: Canada Protection Plan offers many options for elderly customers and those that have not been able to get insurance in the past. However, if you are young and healthy, this is probably not the right insurance provider for you.
  • No medicals required: A Canada Protection Plan application requires no fluids, no doctor’s notes, and no medical exams. 
  • Fast time to approval: Given there are no fluids or medical tests, Canada Protection Plan has some of the fastest approval times in the industry. Often, customers will be approved within as little as 48 hours.
  • Limited coverage options: They only offer up to $750,000 in coverage for no medical and $1M for underwritten products.
  • Permanent and term life insurance: You can get either whole life or term options, with permanent options for even hard-to-insure applicants.

When asked about CPP, Certified Life Insurance Advisor, Ivana Govedarica, explains: "The good thing about them is that they have a huge range of products and coverage amounts to choose from. They might not grant you the coverage you're looking for or the terms you want, though."

PolicyMe Term Life Insurance

If you want minimal health questions, PolicyMe's Term Life Insurance is a good option. Our data-driven underwriting (risk assessment) approach assesses your risk with a 26 question online application process that most eligible applicants complete in 20 minutes or less.

We'll only ask additional health questions (online) if one of the 26 base questions requires more detail.

In comparison, most fully underwritten (risk assessed) life insurance policies in Canada require an extensive application process, including a 45 minute medical interview with a nurse.

When you're done, all applicants get an instant decision. You'll know instantly if you're approved, declined or we require further information. This may include a note from your doctor and it may require a health exam (we pay for and set this up for you).

PollicyMe's term life insurance is also more affordable because it's fully underwritten, with backing from insurance giant Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company.

No medical or simplified life insurance is more expensive because the insurance company takes on more risk by not asking all medical questions. So they pass on this risk by increasing the price of their monthly premiums.

Pros and cons of PolicyMe Term Life Insurance:

  • Ease of application: Fully online process, with licensed no-commission advisors standing by 7 days a week to answer your questions via phone, chat or email. PolicyMe uses a dynamic online application form to only ask for medical information we need, no more, no less.
  • You may need a health exam: 36 per cent of our applications were referred for medical follow-up (in August 2021). Not all of these applications needed a medical exam; some required a doctor's note or other information.
  • Fast time to approval: All online applications get an instant decision. In August 2021, 43 per cent of eligible applications were instantly approved with no additional requirements.
  • Affordable: PolicyMe offers some of the best life insurance rates in Canada. We've cut unnecessary steps in the application process and pass on the savings to you, while still offering a same-quality policy.
  • Great coverage options: $100,000 to $5M in coverage, for terms from 10 to 30 years in length.
  • Term life insurance only: We believe most Canadians only need life insurance for a specific time in their lives, usually when the kids are young and debts are highest (like a mortgage). That means we don't sell whole life policies.

Ivana says, "Start with applying for a policy with a solution like PolicyMe. It's kind of like doing your due diligence.

There is no cost to apply and it will not impact your applications elsewhere if you don't get approved. You'll know in — at most — 48 hours what your options are." 

Sun Life Go Guaranteed Life Insurance

Sun Life Go Guaranteed Life Insurance is a no medical life insurance product much like Canada Protection Plan's Express Elite Term Insurance, but it's much more expensive.

It would be a decent product for someone looking for non-medical coverage. However it's much more expensive compared to fully underwritten coverage like with PolicyMe.

Their website promises no medical questions, however if you go through the application process they do ask for a health history.

Pros and cons of Sun Life Go Guaranteed Life Insurance:

  • Ease of application: Simple online application process with 20 to 30 health questions.
  • Less coverage options: You can only get $5,000 to $25,000 in coverage, and there are only 10 to 20 year term options.
  • No medical exam: You're guaranteed to qualify no matter your health (even if you have existing health conditions). No health checks, no health exams.

"The disadvantage here is that there aren't a lot of coverage options." Ivana clarifies. "When comparing this product to other no medical life insurance companies on the market, it doesn't hold up." 

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Cover Direct Life Insurance

Cover Direct Life Insurance is a life plan that renews every year. They ask about 12 health and lifestyle questions over the phone but there are no medical exams or blood tests.

Because Cover Direct's policies renew yearly, this means that you can't lock in your premiums. The premiums start off cheap and get more expensive every year.

This is because Cover Direct is not fully underwritten (not fully risk assessed) as they don't do any additional requirements. They take on more risk not knowing your full health profile, so they charge you more.

Whereas with a fully underwritten product like PolicyMe term life insurance, the monthly price you start with is locked in for the entire duration of your term, even if it's for 30 years.

Everything you do is over the phone. A licensed advisor calls you, completes the medical questionnaire (about 12 medical questions) and then gets your banking info and puts your coverage in force.

It's also got an automatic inflation benefit (+three per cent) each year.

Pros and cons of Cover Direct Life Insurance:

  • Phone-only application: Everything's done over the phone with an advisor. No online application option.
  • Decent coverage options: You can get up to $1.5M in coverage depending on your age.
  • No medical exam: No health exams or blood tests are needed to be approved.
  • Affordable ... at first: Prices start at $9.28 per month but they go up every year.
  • Fast: If you're looking for coverage ASAP, Cover Direct fits the bill.

But type of life insurance policy isn't for everyone, Ivana breaks it down:"Yearly renewable life insurance is only a good idea in very specific scenarios. Your premiums will go up ever year that you have the policy in force.

The renewal rates are determined at time of issue, but the standard company rating system are constantly changing… so there’s no way to know if you're being rated fairly year after year."

Price comparison: no medical vs. term life insurance quotes

The application process for no medical life insurance still includes a medical review component, it’s just not as thorough as a medical exam or interview. For this reason, your insurer won’t learn as much about your health and how risky it makes you as a policyholder.

So what do insurance companies do? They charge you more (sometimes much more) for coverage. If you were waiting to hear about the catch or trade-off of no medical life insurance, this is it.

Here’s how quotes for no medical life insurance compare to quotes for standard (i.e., fully underwritten) life insurance:

Age Canada Protection Plan Simplified Elite premiums for $500,000 in coverage for a man (10 year policy) PolicyMe premiums for $500,000 in coverage for a man (10 year policy)
20 years old $68 / month $21 / month
30 years old $72 / month $21 / month
40 years old $79 / month $27 / month
50 years old $157 / month $63 / month
Pricing based on publicly-available rates as of March 2022. Terms and conditions may apply.

When you apply for life insurance, your insurance company completes an underwriting process to understand how likely you are to die while holding your policy. In other words, your insurer wants to know what the chances are that they’ll have to make a payout to your beneficiary.

Most insurance companies have you undergo some form of medical review so they can learn the nitty-gritty details about your health.

Typically, this medical review takes the form of a medical exam (also sometimes called the paramedical exam) where a nurse or technician comes to your home or office.

The life insurance medical exam is usually fairly short, often taking about 30 minutes or less, and involves measuring vitals (e.g., height, weight, and blood pressure) and collecting samples (of blood and maybe urine too).

Completing the medical exam is much easier than going to your average doctor’s appointment. There’s no sitting forever in a waiting room only to get a requisition form for bloodwork that needs to be done at a separate clinic.

Some insurers just have you do a 20-minute phone interview with a health care professional about your personal and family medical history.

It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that you don’t have to pay to complete the medical review process.

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How does no medical life insurance work?

No medical life insurance (also known as simplified life insurance" works by letting applicants skip a medical exam, but they come at much greater cost when comparing quotes to traditional life insurance providers.

Although no medical life insurance might appeal to lots of people, it’s best for those who don’t qualify for a standard life insurance policy. You might fall into this category if you have a chronic illness (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, or cancer), a family history of serious medical issues, substance use problems, or a dangerous hobby (e.g., scuba diving) or job (e.g., logging).

Yup, swimming with sharks regularly can be enough to exclude you from traditional coverage even if you’re perfectly healthy.

What can disqualify me from no medical life insurance?

What disqualifies you from getting no medical life insurance differs from company to company. But before disqualifying you, most life insurance companies will first vet your application which includes a medical review. A medical review is just a questionnaire instead of an exam or interview. So you won’t automatically qualify for no medical life insurance if you apply for it.

You still need to fill out the questionnaire. And based on your responses, you can still get denied coverage from a no medical life insurance providers.

How does the health questionnaire work? Usually, it’s organized into sections. And the farther you make it through these sections without answering “yes” to a question, the better your chances are of getting more coverage for a lower cost.

Answering “yes” to certain questions will just reduce the amount of coverage you’ll be eligible for or increase the amount you’ll have to pay in premiums. But with other questions, answering “yes” could mean that you’ll be out of luck for coverage. For example, you could get disqualified for no medical coverage if you’ve had a recent health scare (e.g., heart attack or stroke), have an upcoming surgery, or been recently charged with impaired driving. In case you need it, here’s yet another reason not to drink and drive!

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