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New Ontario auto insurance product targets infrequent drivers

May 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario brokers will have a new auto insurance option for their auto customers this July with MyPace, a product intended for vehicles driven fewer than 9,000 kilometres per year, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) officials said Wednesday. MyPace, which measures distance

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How one brokerage helped out a competitor during ‘biblical’ flooding

May 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

Recent flooding in Grand Forks, B.C. has not only brought a community together, it has brought two local competing brokerages together as well. Sam Cowan, vice president of sales and marketing with RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd., said that the brokerage’s

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One way for a mutual insurer to “own the pace of its transformation”

May 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

A mutual insurer in Alberta has partnered with software provider Mutual Concept Computer Group (MCCG) to “own the pace of their transformation.” By incorporating MCCG’s Online Quoting Solution, Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. (MMI) will be able to simplify

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How the privacy commissioner aligned with mutuals on Bill C-74

May 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian privacy law as it currently stands may not be enough to protect Canadians if banks are allowed to disclose their customer data to fintechs, Canada’s privacy commissioner told the Canadian Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce Wednesday. “Financial

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Do sophisticated water models select against smaller insurers?

May 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

The sophistication of technology for rating overland flood could conceivably lead to smaller insurers ending up with a disproportionate share of flood risks on their books in the event of a cat, which could spell trouble for consumers. Insurance Brokers

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Multiple fires burn through downtown Brandon, Manitoba

May 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

BRANDON, Man. – A blaze that Premier Brian Pallister called “massive” has burned through several buildings in downtown Brandon, Man., including one with dozens of apartments managed by community groups. “It’s just devastating. We’re thinking of all the families that

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The challenge with insuring autonomous ships

May 20, 2018 by Jason Contant

The large body of regulations known as maritime law should be addressed before or in concert with insurance considerations when it comes to autonomous vessels, British Columbia-based author Blake Desaulniers told Canadian Underwriter last week. “That large body of regulations

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What Fairfax’s CEO is saying about interest rates

May 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

As Canadian insurers struggle with auto claims and weather-related losses, relief may be in sight in the form of interest rate increases. “We think interest rates will go up over time because the economy of the U.S. is doing very

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The latest home insurance product for brokers to figure out

May 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With equipment breakdown and other new coverages available from homeowners’ insurance carriers, brokers need to make sure their clients or prospective clients are aware of their options, a Regina-based broker warns. “There are so many new products” available in homeowner

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Province sees flurry of P&C insurance legislation

May 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

Quebec is seeing several proposed legislative changes that will – or could – impact property and casualty insurance in the province, the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) director of communications and public affairs told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. Pierre Babinsky was

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New index measures quarterly premium rate trends in Canadian personal lines

May 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

Applied Systems has released its Applied Rating Index, measuring the quarterly premium rate trends being experienced by consumers, brokerages and insurers across the Canadian market. Stephane Lacasse, vice president of product management for Canada and rating products with Applied, told

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90% of drivers in this province think that insurance companies are “profitable”

May 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

Nine out of 10 drivers in Newfoundland and Labrador believe insurance companies operating in the province are profitable, according to a new poll commissioned by Aviva Canada. “I cannot speculate about why people seem to believe this, but I can