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Combined ratio for Canadian insurance industry in Q1 2017 estimated at 101.3%, up from 94.7% in Q1 2016: Baker

May 24, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance industry in Canada saw a 6.6% hike in the combined operating ratio for the first quarter of 2017, from 94.7% in Q1 2016 to 101.3% in the first three months of this year, MSA Research Inc. president and

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Environment and Climate Change Canada releases technical paper on proposed federal carbon pricing options

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has released a technical paper outlining a proposed federal carbon pricing option for provinces that choose not to have their own system in place in 2018. A backgrounder from ECCC referenced the Pan-Canadian approach

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Mexican resort can be sued in Alberta by tourist alleged to have accidentally ingested cleaning fluid in hotel room

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A lawsuit against a Mexican vacation resort – arising from a tourist alleged to have accidentally ingested cleaning product stored in a water bottle in a mini bar fridge – can proceed in Alberta, as a result of a ruling

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Canadian auto insurance customer satisfaction climbs despite premium increases: J.D. Power study

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Customer satisfaction with auto insurance in Canada has increased for the second consecutive year despite nationwide premium increases, according to the newly released J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Auto Insurance Satisfaction Study. The study, released on Monday, found that across all

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Alberta to conduct review of liabilities associated with old oil and gas facilities

May 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta Energy has announced that it is conducting a review of old oil and gas wells and facilities and their associated liabilities. The province is working with industry and experts to find ways to better protect Albertans and the environment

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Rebuilding after disasters should stress safer, better, Goodale says

May 11, 2017 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – As the devastating floodwaters recede in Ontario and Quebec, the key to preventing a similar disaster in future is to avoid making the mistakes that led to problems in the first place, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

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Economical Insurance posts net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1, down from $28.5 million in prior-year quarter

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Auto lines, catastrophe and weather-related losses served as a drag on underwriting results which, in turn, contributed to Economical Insurance posting net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1 compared to $28.5 million in 2016 Q1. “Higher investment income was

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‘No active deals on the table’ to sell minority interest in SGI Canada

May 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan has a new law allowing for the sale of up to 49% of crown corporations, but the provincial government will continue to have a monopoly on compulsory auto insurance, a spokesperson for Saskatchewan Government Insurance told Canadian Underwriter Friday.

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Insurance industry should look ahead to even larger losses than Fort McMurray, ICLR chair suggests

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry should start thinking about what “could have been” if the Fort McMurray wildfire had been an even larger loss, the chair of Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said on Friday at the institute’s annual general meeting.

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New FireSmart Home Development Guide targets Canadian wildfire resiliency

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

FireSmart Canada, in partnership with The Co-operators, has developed a new resource to help Canadian residents make their homes more resilient to wildfire. The FireSmart Home Development Guide, which will become part of the FireSmart Home Partners Program, outlines specific

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Two Ontario, two Alberta brokerages join BrokerLink

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

BrokerLink has welcomed four brokerages – two in Ontario; two in Alberta – to the fold in a move that expands the company’s reach while providing the four brokerages and their employees greater access to resources and opportunities. The brokerages

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The Co-operators reports net income of $34.6 million for Q1 2017, combined ratio of 102.5%

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Guelph, Ont.-based Co-operators General Insurance Company has reported a consolidated net income of $34.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, down from $39.3 million in the first quarter of 2016. The company’s combined ratio, excluding market