Sun Life Financial Donates $15,000 to Canadian Red Cross to Assist those Affected by the Ice Storm in New Brunswick

TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("Sun Life Financial") today announced that it is donating $15,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help and provide relief for those affected by the ice storm in New Brunswick.

The recent ice storm brought down hundreds of utility poles and thousands of kilometres of wires, resulting in widespread power outages initially impacting more than 133,000 homes and businesses. The damage is the worst in the northeast part of the province where thousands of people have been left without electricity.

"Many residents and businesses in New Brunswick have been impacted by the ice storm and are facing various challenges," said Léo Grépin, Senior Vice President, Individual Insurance and Wealth, Sun Life Financial Canada. "Our thoughts are with those affected and we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the proper support is in place for anyone who needs it."

Mr. Grépin added, "In addition, we are committed to helping our clients impacted by the ice storm with their individual needs whether that is providing quicker access to funds, extension of payment terms or any other special handling that is required, whenever they need us."

Sun Life Financial and Sun Life Global Investments are encouraging impacted clients who require special assistance or have any questions to call 1-877-SUN-LIFE (1-877-786-5433), email custrel@sunlife.com, or contact their Sun Life Financial advisor.

Sun Life Financial's contribution to the Canadian Red Cross will come from the Sun Life Financial International Response Fund at the Canadian Red Cross – the first international corporate sponsorship of its kind – which enables support to be deployed rapidly to areas in need. It was established in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross in 2005 to help accelerate emergency response to large-scale international crises. Administered by the Canadian Red Cross, the Fund has helped provide immediate relief and resources to natural disasters and crises in Canada and around the world.

Canadians can also make a donation to the New Brunswick Ice Storm 2017 Appeal to support the Canadian Red Cross response efforts.

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies.

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2016, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $908 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars except as otherwise noted. 

Media Relations Contact:
Amanda Robinson
Manager, Media Relations
Corporate Communications
T. 416-204-8161
amanda.robinson@sunlife.com

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.

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