Claim a death benefit

When a plan member dies, we will send information about next steps to their beneficiary (or beneficiaries) and/or executor.


When a member of BC's Public Service Pension Plan dies, we will share important information about death benefits with named beneficiaries and/or the executor of the plan member's estate.

If you are entitled to a death benefit as beneficiary or you are executor of the plan member’s estate, we will send you an information package explaining the death benefit and how it will be paid.

The package also includes one of the following forms you will need to submit:

  • If the plan member died before retiring – Pre-retirement death benefits statement
  • If the plan member died after retiring – Survivor pension benefit application

Before processing any death benefit, we require a copy of the plan member's death certificate.

We may also need other information before we can finalize the payment of death benefits:

  • If you are a beneficiary   – proof of your identity, such as a copy of your driver’s licence or passport
  • If you represent an organization named as a beneficiary – the organization’s Canada Revenue Agency number
  • If the plan member had not yet retired – a copy of a document showing proof of their age
  • If the plan member’s current name is different from what's on the proof-of-age document – a copy of a change-of-name document, such as a marriage certificate, adoption paper, passport or legal name-change document

The package and statement that we send you will clearly explain what information you need to submit to the plan.

Once you return the Pre-retirement death benefits statement or Survivor pension benefit application form, along with any required documents, we are authorized to pay the death benefit.

We will deduct income taxes from both monthly pension payments and lump-sum payments.

Health coverage

If the plan member died before retiring and you choose to receive a monthly pension (rather than lump-sum payment), as a surviving spouse or dependant, you may be eligible for group retirement benefits. If the plan member died after retiring, you may be eligible for continued coverage. You must meet specific criteria. You are responsible for paying the full benefit premiums, which will be deducted from your monthly pension payment.


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The plan recently announced changes, effective October 1, 2019, that may affect your decision on when to claim a death benefit. If you do so before this date and the pensionable service is between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2018, inclusive, you will not benefit from the improvement. For more information, see the Board Communique: March 16, 2018.

IMPORTANT plan changes:

Board Communique: March 16, 2018