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Difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry: IBC’s McGown

April 4, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The Fort McMurray wildfire and other large weather events combined with the lowest return on investment (ROI) in decades to produce a very difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry in 2016, David McGown, senior vice president of strategic initiatives

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Measuring Extremes

April 1, 2017 Caterina Lindman, Chair, Climate Index Working Group; and Doug Collins Chair, Climate Change Committee

An updated North American climate index shows an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events in Canada. A number of Canadian regions are among those with the highest index values, indicating the largest deviations in extreme weather events and sea levels from historical values. How can this information help inform the risk management strategies of Canadian insurers and others?

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Standards Council of Canada, Intact Centre on Climate Adaption to study flood resiliency for new residential communities

March 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) at the University of Waterloo have announced that they are joining forces to develop a new report on best practices for making new residential communities

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Openness to making homes, businesses resilient to severe weather encouraging: OMIA’s John Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

There are encouraging signs from government, municipalities and builders that resiliency needs to become part of building code conversations given that severe weather shows no signs of abating, suggested John Taylor, president and CEO of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

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Global insured losses from disasters up 42%, economic losses almost double in 2016 over 2015: Swiss Re

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Both economic and insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2016 were the highest since 2012 – reversing a four-year downtrend – amounting to US$54 billion and US$175 billion, respectively, notes the latest sigma study from the Swiss

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a

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TransCanada gets U.S. State Department’s OK for Keystone XL pipeline

March 24, 2017 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – TransCanada has been granted a presidential permit from the U.S. State Department that allows it to move forward on building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, the latest turn in fortunes for the controversial project. In granting the permit,

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Landmark federal investments for disaster-proofing communities, enhancing resilience: IBC

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has voiced the property and casualty industry’s strong support for the federal government’s move to beef up investments aimed at enhancing resilience by better disaster-proofing communities. As part of the 2017 Federal Budget tabled Wednesday,

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Earth had second warmest February on record this year: NOAA

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

February 2017 was the second warmest February in the 1880-2017 record-keeping period, behind 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported recently. February 2017’s average global temperature was 1.76 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 53.9 degrees

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Risk to U.S. property from severe convective storms as high as from hurricanes: Willis Re

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe convective storms (SCS) posed as much risk to property in the United States as hurricanes between 2003 and 2015, with the average annual loss from SCS amounting to US$11.23 billion compared to US$11.28 billion from hurricanes. So concludes a

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IBC supports regional platform for disaster risk reduction outcomes, vows to continue working with government

March 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has voiced the property and casualty industry’s continued support for efforts by the federal government to enhance disaster risk reduction and make communities more resilient. “Our industry remains committed to being a full partner with

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Desjardins Insurance offers new flood coverage for low-, medium-risk areas

March 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Customers of Desjardins Insurance, The Personal and State Farm Canada who live in low-risk flood areas will now automatically be covered by a new flood endorsement while those in medium-risk areas can choose to purchase an additional premium. Endorsement 16d