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What insurers pay to repair EVs

September 11, 2023 by David Gambrill

Although electric vehicles in Canada cost an average of $1,328 more to repair than vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE), EVs are less likely to be written off as a total loss, says a Mitchell report. The cost of the

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, B.C.
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Feds predict parts of Canada could see wildfires through winter

September 7, 2023 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The latest federal government forecast says Canada’s already unprecedented 2023 wildfire season could continue late into the fall or winter.   Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says there is potential for increased wildland fire activity from eastern

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Adjusters provide update on B.C., N.W.T. wildfires

September 6, 2023 by Jason Contant

Wildfires in British Columbia and Northwest Territories continue to present a mixed bag of claims for P&C adjusters. Claims adjusters are seeing a variety of both residential and commercial losses. “Major loss, total losses and less severe claims as well,”

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Adjusters respond to Kelowna fires as burn tally grows

August 30, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

After close to 200 buildings burnt around Lake Okanagan, claims adjusters in Kelowna can expect to see claims range from personal and commercial across a swath of coverage types, an adjuster tells Canadian Underwriter.  “Kelowna has a diverse geography with

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MPI employees’ job action: What it means for brokers

August 29, 2023 by David Gambrill

Manitoba brokers are reporting no issues thus far servicing their auto insurance clients, as the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) workers’ job action enters its second day. “We at IBAM [Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba] hope for a speedy resolution that’s

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What P&C industry can expect from Kelowna wildfires

August 21, 2023 by David Gambrill

In an eerie coincidence, almost 20 years to the day wildfires caused $200 million in insured damage back in 2003, Kelowna is burning once again. About 30,000 people in the southern Interior region of B.C. — about a third of

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Adjusters handling early claims from N.W.T. wildfires 

August 17, 2023 by Jason Contant

Insurance adjusters are preparing for an influx of claims as wildfires continue to burn in Northwest Territories, with the capital city of Yellowknife coming under an evacuation order as the flames are predicted to arrive at the city’s doorstep on

An evacuation order has been issued for more than 700 properties in Osoyoos, B.C.
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What it would take for Osoyoos wildfires to become a Cat

August 1, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Winds diverting a wildfire burning near Osoyoos, B.C., may have prevented a Cat-level event for the industry, adjusters tell Canadian Underwriter. A raging wildfire scorched 40 square kilometres of land and destroyed several structures in Washington, U.S., before jumping the

Buildings are seen in floodwater following a major rain event in Halifax on Saturday, July 22, 2023. A long procession of intense thunderstorms have dumped record amounts of rain across a wide swath of Nova Scotia, causing flash flooding, road washouts and power outages
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How the Nova Scotia floods compare to Hurricane Fiona

July 28, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Recent flooding in Nova Scotia has led adjusters to see damages comparable to Hurricane Fiona, but final claims totals aren’t expected to be as high as when Fiona blew through the East Coast last September, claims professionals on the ground

Buildings are seen in floodwater following a major rain event in Halifax on Saturday, July 22, 2023. A long procession of intense thunderstorms have dumped record amounts of rain across a wide swath of Nova Scotia, causing flash flooding, road washouts and power outages
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Claims pouring in for record Nova Scotia rainstorm

July 24, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Adjusters are beginning to see claims pour in after thunderstorms dumped record amounts of rain on Nova Scotia Friday.  Torrential downpours dropped over two months’ worth of rain (between 200 and 250 millimetres) in about 24 hours on Halifax, Nova

Tornado warning issued for Montreal
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Montreal-Barrhaven storm declared a Cat

July 18, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The storm that hit Montreal on Thursday, downing trees and power lines and causing localized flooding, has been declared a catastrophe, Laura Twidle, president and CEO of Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) told Canadian Underwriter.  A ‘catastrophe’ is an

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High building materials and labour costs still slowing home repairs

July 12, 2023 Philip Porado

While inflation’s pace has eased in Canada, it’s still expensive to put homeowners back into their properties after a fire, flood, wind or other event. That’s because lingering supply chain and labour-shortage issues are extending restoration timelines. And that’s increasing