Insurance boost for Canadian expats

by Paul Lucas19 Feb 2016
With the number of Canadians living abroad rising rapidly over the last decade, a new partnership is aiming to ensure they get all of the insurance benefits they deserve.

The Empire Life Insurance Company has teamed up with MetLife Expatriate Benefits to administer its new Voyageur Global Benefits program for expatriate medical, disability, and life insurance.

With recent reports estimating that 2.8million Canadians are living abroad – to put that in context, if they were all living together in Canada they would collectively make up the fourth largest province in the country - it is hoped that the partnership will help bring local expertise around the world.

“Working abroad can be both exciting and challenging for expatriates and their families,” said Dan DeKeizer, senior vice president, Global Employee Benefits, MetLife.

“With Voyageur Global Benefits, customers will have access to more than a million healthcare providers in over 180 countries, which helps deliver peace of mind no matter where they are in the world. We are very pleased to be working with Empire Life, and together, look forward to bringing innovative solutions to the Canadian market.”

The aim of Voyageur Global Benefits is to offer world-class benefits for Canadians working abroad.

A key feature of this new suite of benefits is the MetLife Regional Service Centre model. Located in key areas around the world, this puts local resources closer to members while on assignment. Experienced staff will provide local expertise and understanding of regional differences, making it easier to obtain quality medical care, get services paid, and receive local support.