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What’s missing from driverless vehicle rollout plan

January 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Driverless vehicles need to have some way of communicating with police, fire and ambulance responders, an auto manufacturers’ group said in a recent report. First responders have ways of handling situations they encounter in traffic but there are no  “common

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RCCAQ reacts to Quebec curfew

January 18, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Quebec’s insurance brokers should not experience any major disruptions as a result of the province-wide evening curfew imposed a week ago, the chair of the Regroupement des cabinets de courtage d’assurance du Quebec (RCCAQ) predicts. The curfew took effect on

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Brokers negotiate major role in this province’s digital auto insurance distribution

January 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Manitoba’s brokers will provide input on designing a system for online auto insurance in the province and will be involved in every digital transaction, says the provincial broker association. A recently-signed, five-year agreement between Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and the

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Proposed rule would allow insurers to offer rebates and incentives to Ontarians

January 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s insurance regulator is looking for feedback from the public on a proposal to relax the rules prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts, allowing insurers to offer rebates and incentives to consumers under certain circumstances. “If you talk to insurance companies

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Regulator’s pilot project to start scenario-testing for climate change risks

January 7, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canada’s solvency regulator has introduced a pilot project in 2021 to conduct scenario testing of the impact of various climate-related risks on financial institutions’ bottom lines. “The first step of the pilot project is to develop a Canada-relevant set of

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The ‘strange and new opportunity’ for insurance from open banking

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If Canada proceeds with so-called “consumer-directed finance,” technology firms could potentially get access to consumers’ insurance data, a Microsoft Canada expert told brokers during a recent webinar. The federal finance department appointed its Advisory Committee on Open Banking in 2018.

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How Economical could demutualize in 2021

December 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance is aiming to have an initial public offering (IPO) of stock in 2021, making it the first ever property and casualty mutual in Canada to demutualize. “If we receive required approvals from the [federal] Minister of Finance on

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Regulator cautions brokers about sharing and storing client data

December 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

As the pandemic continues to plunge Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry deeper into the digital space, regulators are issuing ongoing reminders — and warnings — about how brokers are sharing and storing their clients’ personal data. Most recently, Peter

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Defying The Grinch may cost your clients home insurance coverage

December 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

Are your clients tempted to defy The Grinch who stole Christmas and have large holiday gatherings during the pandemic regardless of what public health orders might say? You might want to tell them about pandemic exclusions in their home insurance

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What four home insurers told the auditor general about illegal electrical work

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some Ontario homeowners could collect insurance money on property claims even if the damage was caused by illegal electrical work, the auditor general suggests in her report released Monday. Staff with the province’s Office of the Auditor General contacted four

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This customized vehicle replacement coverage is headed for the junk yard

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

This is no April Fool’s joke. TD Insurance Group plans to stop offering its non-standard five-year vehicle replacement coverage in Nova Scotia as of Apr. 1, 2021. In 2019, the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board approved TD’s application to offer

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How a South African court applied the U.K. test case in a B.I. dispute

December 8, 2020 by David Gambrill

South Africa’s Western Cape High Court has ordered an insurer to pay a retailer of luxury travel goods up to a maximum of six months’ worth of business interruption coverage (about Cdn$1.5 million), following a dispute over losses arising from