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‘Much clearer picture’ of how Ottawa will address flood risk coming soon

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A special pool, in which high-risk properties would have caps or subsidies on premiums for flood insurance, remains a possibility in Canada, and the industry should have a much better idea this fall of what the government plans to do,

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Intact warns of indirect economic impact from COVID

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest risks facing Canadian insurers, executives told a recent investors’ conference. “What can happen to us is what we call indirect losses,” Intact Financial Corp. CFO Louis Marcotte said

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Feds urged to consider backstop for ‘tail risks’ such as pandemic, quake and flood

September 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

Discussions around providing pandemic coverage in the future are highlighting the need to develop a Canadian federal government backstop for other serious “tail risk” events such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires, says the president of the Property and Casualty Insurance

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One broker’s bold prediction about contactless payment options

September 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Concerns over the risk of COVID-19 transmission could accelerate the changes that technology has been bringing to financial transactions, including contactless payment options, a commercial broker suggests. “Financial services are changing very quickly,” said Mark Morency, senior vice president and

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How Northbridge is advising clients to prepare for second COVID-19 wave

September 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One key component of preparing for the anticipated second wave of COVID-19 cases in Canada is for businesses to assess how they responded to the first wave of the disease, Northbridge Insurance is telling its commercial clients. “Many businesses that

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What’s driving D&O rate increases for privately-held firms

September 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Lawsuits from employees alleging harassment or discrimination is one reason for significant price increases in directors’ and officers’ liability rates. In Canada, commercial brokerage Gallagher is seeing an uptick in age and gender discrimination claims and workplace harassment claims under

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Canadian government named in class-action privacy breach lawsuit

September 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit over data breaches earlier this year affecting thousands of users of online service users. Criminals were able to get the user names and passwords of 9,041 users of GCKey, the federal

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What brokers can do more of to help their clients protect against flood risk

August 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canadians understand that flood damage has increased, but they don’t necessarily know to protect their homes against it, according to joint research conducted by RSA Canada and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada. The research suggests an opportunity for Canadian P&C

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The impact of MGAs getting more business

August 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is taking longer to get insurance placed through managing general agents because MGAs are getting more business in the hard market, one Ontario broker suggests. Many commercial accounts, which previously would have been handled by retail brokers, are now

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What an insurance solution for pandemic risk might look like

August 17, 2020 by Jason Contant

The P&C insurance industry has technical expertise it could bring to bear in covering future pandemics (risk management and claims adjustment experience, for example), but the financial losses would best be covered through public-private partnerships, speakers said recently during an

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Canada Revenue Agency suspends online services after cyberattacks

August 17, 2020 Lee Berthiaume - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency has temporarily suspended its online services after two cyberattacks in which hackers used thousands of stolen usernames and passwords to fraudulently obtain government services and compromise Canadians’ personal information. A total of 5,500 CRA

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Toronto strip club employee may have exposed up to 550 to COVID-19: officials

August 14, 2020 Jake Kivanc - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A Toronto strip club where as many as 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 last week was not following public health guidelines, officials said Friday. Toronto Public Health said the Brass Rail strip club in the