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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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Q1 combined ratio ex-MYA 101.6% for Desjardins General Insurance

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group reported Thursday an underwriting loss, excluding market yield adjustment, of $17.2 million during the three months ending March 31, while premiums dropped 11% from the same period of last year. Direct premiums written dropped from $1.04

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IBC board recommends Ontario, Atlantic Canada members voluntarily align home policies to protect innocent co-insureds

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) board of directors is recommending that IBC’s members operating in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces voluntarily align their home insurance policies with other jurisdictions when it comes to protecting “innocent co-insureds.” Current legislation in

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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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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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Cyber security a ‘key aspect’ of risk management for medical professional liability insurers: A.M. Best

May 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Medical professional liability insurers who retain cyber risk need to limit their exposure “through strong policy language,” A.M. Best Company Inc. warned in a report released Wednesday. The ability to “identify emerging risks in areas such as cyber security,” is,

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Too early to confirm costs from flooding in B.C., Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes: Aon

May 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Persistent recent heavy rainfall falling across several Canadian provinces has led to increasingly rising rivers, streams and lakes this week, as communities “raced to protect from water inundation,” Impact Forecasting said on Thursday in an Aon cat alert. Financial losses

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Non-approved Ontario auto forms do not always render insurance contracts void: Court of Appeal

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

If an Ontario auto insurer uses a form that is not approved by the province’s Superintendent of Financial Services, this does not necessarily render the contract of insurance void, the province’s appeal court suggested in a ruling released Wednesday. On

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McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers announces acquisition of Callister Musico Insurance Group

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

London, Ont.-based McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers announced on Wednesday that it will acquire Callister Musico Insurance Group of Sarnia, Ont. Located at 1315 Michigan Ave. in Sarnia, the Callister Musico office will become McFarlan Rowlands’ 15th branch in Ontario, allowing

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce endorses major changes to auto insurance rate regulation

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is calling on the provincial government to put an end to its existing auto rate filing system, a system the chamber describes as “one of the most costly, onerous, and restrictive in North America.”

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Flooding in Ontario and Quebec in April and May estimated to cost “well into the millions” in U.S. dollars: Aon Benfield

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Flooding in multiple communities in southern Ontario and Quebec in April and into May is estimated to cost “well into the millions of dollars (USD)” in economic losses, Impact Forecasting said on Tuesday in its Global Catastrophe Recap report for

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City loses argument that nine-year-old contributorily negligent after being hit by car

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an application from the City of Hamilton for leave to appeal a finding that a nine-year-old boy was not contributorily negligent after he was hit by a car at a location where a