What is a long-term disability insurance policy?

Long-term disability policies exist to protect individuals who are unable to work due to a disability or illness by providing an income replacement benefit after regular sick leave and short-term disability benefits are exhausted. If you cannot work due to illness, accident, or injury for an extended period, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits through your employer's insurer or through your own private policy. Every long-term disability insurance policy is different.

To qualify for long-term disability benefits, you will have to meet the eligibility criteria outlined in your policy. This will include meeting the definition of “disability” that is described in your insurance policy and whether your disability prevents you from returning to your job or "any job".