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IBAO’s stance on electronic termination of coverage

November 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers should be allowed to terminate auto policies electronically if consumers consent, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario’s CEO says. In its budget document released Nov. 5, the Ontario government said the next phase of its previously-announced “blueprint” for auto

News BrokersInsuranceLegalLegislation / Regulation

For insurance purposes, if it’s not managed as a strata, it’s still a strata: Tribunal

November 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

The owner of a strata lot in a duplex that was not managed as a strata — for example, there was no strata board of directors, annual board meetings, etc. – must nevertheless pay for her half of the strata

News Brokers

IBAO reacts to possibility of credit unions selling insurance

November 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s broker association is keeping a close eye on a provincial government proposal to relax restrictions on credit unions selling insurance in branches. “We believe there is a public consultation that is going to take place in 2021, so we

News BrokersCommercial LinesInsuranceRisk

This Canadian insurer may want to cover your hospitality clients

November 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers struggling to find coverage for small and mid-sized restaurant and hotel clients may now have a new option available, and it’s already getting a response. CAA Club Group’s Echelon subsidiary announced Monday it is offering up to $5 million

News Brokers

How Aon sees competition regulators’ review of Willis Towers Watson acquisition

November 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is still up to regulators to decide whether Aon plc will be allowed to acquire Willis Towers Watson plc, but Aon officials seem confident there won’t be a problem. During a recent earnings call, Aon executives were asked why

News BrokersInsuranceLegislation / Regulation

Broker suspended for passing off client’s cancelled vehicle plates as his own

November 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker has been suspended for two years and fined $1,000 for passing off a client’s cancelled vehicle license plates as his own, giving the appearance that his vehicle was insured when in fact it wasn’t. Ping Hong (Gary)

News BrokersInsuranceMergers and Aqcuisitions

Intact sets 50% growth target for BrokerLink

November 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is aiming to grow its brokerage subsidiary to a $3-billion-a-year operation, CEO Charles Brindamour told investment banking analysts recently. “BrokerLink recently surpassed $2 billion in premiums as it continues to grow organically and through acquisitions,” Brindamour said

News AnnouncementsBrokersInsuranceMergers and Aqcuisitions

Why the impact of an Intact-RSA combo would vary by province

November 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Things could get interesting for brokers in Atlantic Canada if Intact takes over RSA’s Canadian operations, a Saskatchewan broker told Canadian Underwriter Friday. That being said, he felt if the proposed deal announced Thursday goes through, it would still leave

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How IBC plans to help restaurants find insurance

October 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Clients in the hospitality sector who cannot find affordable coverage can now go directly to the Insurance Bureau of Canada for help. IBC has hired a risk manager to help commercial clients improve their risk profile, said Jordan Brennan, IBC’s

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This decision on a $5,000 deductible could motivate condo corporations to change their bylaws

October 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent decision by B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) may motivate strata (condo) corporations to adjust their bylaws so that they can charge insurance policy deductibles back to their strata unit owners. Based on the outcome of the CRT decision,

News BrokersInsuranceProfessional DevelopmentTechnology

How ‘extra steps’ can make for a bad customer experience

October 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers who are concerned about carriers having “too direct” of a relationship with the broker’s customers should consider what service those customers are expecting, an industry consultant suggests. “As an industry, we have a number of places where we have

News BrokersTechnology

What carriers are telling brokers who don’t invest in technology

October 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With a week to go before Hallowe’en, Ontario brokers heard some spooky stories last week about what happens if a brokerage does not invest in keeping up to date with technology. “Technology is going to be a much more permanent