About Us: A Different Kind of Insurance Company

“We don’t create insurance products and services to make money. We make money to build better insurance products and services.” Doug Baker, former President and CEO

Insurance Technology Innovator

As an industry-recognized leader in insurance innovation, we have transformed from a traditional insurance company into a digital enterprise. Teachers Life is proud to have won a 2016 Model Insurer Award from global research firm Celent.

Our Fraternal Roots

We are a fraternal benefit society: a not-for-profit organization that helps members provide financial security to their families through insurance. Founded in 1939 by teachers for teachers, Teachers Life is dedicated to giving back to the communities our Members live and work in.

Sponsorship 2018: Kids’ Mental Health

As a not-for-profit company, we work to protect and enrich the personal and professional lives of all those in the education community. In 2017, Teachers Life is the lead sponsor of two programs aimed at eliminating the stigma surrounding youth mental illness.

OHL Talk Today

Teachers Life is the proud sponsor of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Talk Today Program. Talk Today is a mental health education program designed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to help identity and deal with kids’ mental health concerns.

CMHO Change the View Video Contest

Teachers Life invites you to Change the View with Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) and its annual student video contest. Change the View celebrates Ontario’s students and their quest to take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues.

Trusted Expertise for Over 75 Years

Teachers Life is a federally regulated fraternal insurance company and North America’s largest educator-owned fraternal insurer. Our Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the world of finance and members of the education community.

Innovative Leadership

We have had six years of continuous business, technological, operational and marketing transformation and we are an industry-recognized leader in insurance innovation.

Mark Cummings, Teachers Life President & CEO

Mark Cummings, Teachers Life President & CEO

Mark Cummings joins Teachers Life as President and CEO, effective October 1 2017. He brings to Teachers Life a wealth of insurance expertise and a successful track record in leadership roles. He joins Teachers Life from Cummings & Company Consulting, where he was CEO. He was previously with Scotiabank, where he was President and CEO of Scotia Life Insurance Company. Prior to Scotiabank, Mr. Cummings held leadership roles at RBC and the Canada Life Insurance Company in Wealth Management, Creditor Insurance and Human Resources. Mr. Cummings is the Chair of the Board of Linbrook School in Oakville and a Board Member of the National Sanitarium Association.


Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan OTIP also offers flexible health, dental and travel insurance programs through RTIP (Retired Teachers Insurance Plan) that are available to all members coming up for retirement or who are already retired. Because when you retire, you want insurance coverage that is tailored to you. Why choose RTIP?
  • No age restrictions*, no membership fees.
  • Three health care plans.
  • Coverage for trips up to 95 consecutive days.

About Teachers Life

Teachers Life is a federally regulated fraternal life insurance company and North America’s largest educator-owned fraternal insurer. Founded in 1939 by educators, Teachers Life offers a full suite of insurance products to address the unique needs of over 30,000 members of the education community. Providing insurance for the whole education community, Teachers Life serves educators, administrators, support staff and their families. Teachers Life is the first insurance provider in Canada to fully underwrite life insurance products online at the time of purchase, often in less than 15 minutes. As a not-for-profit fraternal insurer, community commitment is a core value for Teachers Life.

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