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Captive insurance programs target commercial auto in Canada

February 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

eCaptiv, which provides alternative and captive insurance solutions in Canada and the United States, will be forming two group captives through an exclusive group of independent insurance brokers to “combat commercial auto trends in Canada.” The programs are in the

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What commercial brokers are saying about the worrisome market turn

February 4, 2019 by David Gambrill

Whether the industry faces a hard market or simply a “market correction,” commercial lines premiums are definitely on the rise, Canadian commercial brokers reported in an online poll by Canadian Underwriter. And they are starting to get concerned about it.

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Fate of this province’s auto reform now in the hands of politicians

February 1, 2019 by David Gambrill

Newfoundland’s auto insurance regulator, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), has tabled a thorough, 186-page report on what ails the province’s auto insurance system – with no recommendations to fix it. The chair of the PUB told the hearings held on

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One way of devaluing cyber attacks

February 1, 2019 by Jason Contant

Financial institutions looking to verify online users should use “security layers” to help devalue attacks to extract data from legitimate consumers, a Vancouver-based security company recommends. For insurers and banks, security layers with behavioural analytics and passive biometrics can allow

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Signs of progress on national flood program for Canada

January 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Canada is making good progress on a national flood program, pending a final decision by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for emergency management. “What they are looking at is one national insurance solution to improve outcomes for high-risk

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Private flood insurance cited in new emergency management plan

January 28, 2019 by Jason Contant

Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments could “engage the private sector to develop an affordable private flood insurance model for the entire population, including clear incentives for mitigation of flood risks,” says a newly released emergency management strategy. Ministers have

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How many Ontario motorists got placed in the residual market

January 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The number of Ontario auto policies in the residual market has increased by nearly a third in little more than a year, figures released to Canadian Underwriter show. Since the fall of 2017, there has been “some uptick” in the

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Quebec’s cannabis agency cuts back expansion plans amid shortages

January 24, 2019 Julien Arsenault - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s cannabis agency generated about $40 million of sales in its first three months of operation, but supply shortages are forcing the public retailer to reduce its expansion plans. The province expects to have 40 points of sale

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Why the industry needs to focus on “accidental” disruptors

January 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

The insurance industry is used to looking for “intentional” disruptors, but it really needs to focus on “accidental” disruptors, says a P&C insurance consultant. “We all can see the real disruptors out there, the ones that are finding the ways

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How many municipalities will want to host cannabis stores?

January 22, 2019 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – More than half of Ontario’s eligible municipalities have opted in as willing hosts to cannabis stores as the first locations are set to open in a little over two months. Municipalities have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to tell

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Hard market? Not so fast.

January 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Canadian insurance industry is not at the beginning of a hard market, says Phil Cook, a P&C industry consultant and CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings. “There are some commentators out there that will say we are at the beginning

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All provinces saw rate increases in Q4 2018: Applied

January 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

Evidence of a hard market in personal lines in Canada was apparent in Applied Systems’ latest quarterly Applied Rating Index, released Tuesday. The Q4 2018 index found that average premiums for personal auto and personal property lines increased by more