Disability Insurance: Resources for Union Representatives

Disability Insurance Information for PSAC Members  

Disability Insurance Plan (Treasury Board) – Member Booklet.   This Treasury Board Secretariat document helps members understand the federal disability insurance plan.

Disability Insurance Plan

Disability Insurance Plan: Information Notices.  Lists recent changes to the DI Plan.

Disability Insurance Plan Tools and Forms Once the potential claimant or her/his health professional realizes a health problem may prevent them from performing the regular duties of their job they should complete a claim and distribute it according to the instructions that accompany it. The form must be completed in full within 8 weeks of the claimant becoming disabled.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Disability Claim Process

Form Letter to Attending Physician/Specialist - Sun Life Insurance Plan

Guide to Third Party Medical Evaluation – This is a document produced by the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators. It provides a rule of ethical conduct to be used by CSME members for the purpose of third party medical evaluations. Members are often instructed to attain third party evaluation as a condition of their claim. We include this document simply to highlight the role of a doctor who is doing third party medical evaluations compared to the role of your family physician or attending specialist. The medical evaluator’s role is quite different as is his/her mandate. Members and member advisors should be aware of those differences.

Authorization for Release of Information  If a member’s disability insurance claim and their appeal to the insurer is rejected the member’s claim can be referred to the Disability Insurance Plan Board of Management. To make this referral an Authorization for Release of Information form needs to be filled. This form authorizes the Insurer (Sun Life) to release all necessary confidential information to the Board, including medical reports which Sun Life has at its disposal. The form is available from the Human Resources section of the department with whom the member is employed. Components and PSAC regional offices should also have copies of this form on hand.

Duty to Accommodate

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits.  Members may qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits during their elimination period while they are on Leave without pay and waiting for their disability insurance to begin. If members do not have enough sick leave, they may need to depend on EI, or a combination of EI and their earned sick leave.

Information for Members Covered under the Public Service Management Insurance Plan (PSMIP)

This information applies only to PSAC members who previously occupied excluded positions and elected to maintain their PSMIP coverage when they became represented employees.

Public Service Management Insurance Plan (PSMIP) – Treasury Board

Form Letter to Attending Physician/Specialist (PSMIP) – Public Service Management Insurance Plan



September 22, 2013