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Quebec’s largest brokerage grows with latest acquisition

June 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

Large Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau has acquired the assets of Petrela, Murray, LeBlanc Inc., another brokerage in the province. With the acquisition, Lussier Dale Parizeau now totals $475 million in premium volume, the brokerage said in a press release

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How Ontario got it right on surety

May 30, 2019 by Jason Contant

The federal government should follow Ontario’s lead in addressing contractor insolvency before the federal budget bill becomes law, says the Surety Association of Canada (SAC). The federal budget bill, Bill C-97, was tabled in March and passed second reading on

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Is wind “the new water” for Canada’s insurers?

April 25, 2019 by Jason Contant

High winds contributed in part to most catastrophes in Canada over the past few decades, prompting the need for a new national standard on wind resilience, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said Thursday. A report released by ICLR

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Online basement flood course coming soon

January 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An online version of the Home Flood Risk Assessment Training will be available Canada-wide this March, Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, said in a recent interview. The course is geared towards insurance brokers, home inspectors,

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The ‘tough decision’ Alberta made to reduce flood risk

January 30, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The Alberta government has now acquired one fifth of the land it needs for a controversial reservoir west of Calgary that would help protect the city from another massive flood. Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Tuesday the province

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Insurer involvement urged in the building code process

January 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) want to restore direct insurance industry involvement in the building code process. “At some point in the distant past, perhaps four decades ago or more, the Canadian

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Cars submerged in flooded Montreal tunnel

November 21, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A broken water pipe has flooded a tunnel on a major Montreal artery, submerging three cars. The west-end Atwater tunnel connecting downtown and neighbourhoods to the southwest flooded Tuesday morning after utility workers accidentally punctured the pipe. It

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Condo deductible dispute arises from 60-gallon flood

November 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When a store on the main floor of a condo building suffered $25,000 in losses from a flood, the strata corporation was on the hook for the $5,000 deductible. The strata corporation tried to recover the $5,000 deductible from a

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Navacord continues to expand its construction practice with latest partnership

November 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Effective Nov. 1, commercial brokerage Navacord Corp. continued to expand its construction practice with the addition of Westmount Guarantee Services Inc. as a broker partner. Founded in 2011, Markham, Ont.-based Westmount Guarantee provides Tarion bonds (developers’ surety), condominium deposit insurance

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Were the Ottawa-Gatineau tornadoes the costliest in Canadian history?

October 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

The tornadoes that struck the Ottawa-Gatineau area on Sept. 21 cost the industry $300 million in insured damage, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said Wednesday. Of that, $200 million was for insured damage on the Ontario side, and $100

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Mandatory building fire risk labels proposed

October 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Fire safety can be impacted if a building is made from lightweight, prefabricated material, and legislation under debate would mandate placards for certain construction types in Ontario. “Truss and lightweight construction, when exposed to fire, can pose serious risks to responding firefighters,” Randy

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Paid Steering the Course: Course of Construction (COC) Insurance Options

August 28, 2018 Neil Jeanson, Senior Class Underwriter, XL Catlin

All it takes is a spark.  From a sander. Or errant cigarette.  And POW!  Igniting common, flammable construction materials like wood, solvents, packaging, and gasoline and turning a work in progress to a pile of ash.  It’s a powerful blow