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Why the basics count in construction loss prevention

August 9, 2022 by Philip Porado

Inflated materials costs, and a need for brokers and insurers to see to it that valuations for commercial structures closely track replacement costs, are frequently mentioned in conversations about risks for the building sector these days. But site safety is…

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Newfoundland’s largest wildfire in 60 years: what the P&C industry needs to know

August 8, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

A long-burning forest fire in Newfoundland has charred over 10,800 hectares, but one claims professional says they’ve yet to see any claims come through, since the affected areas are not densely populated.  The fire has been burning for close to…

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Inflation creates opportunities for brokers to revisit risks with clients

August 8, 2022 by Philip Porado

Recent inflation trends notwithstanding, data from the past few quarters indicate premiums are stabilizing as the P&C industry eases out of the hard market, said Celyeste Power, executive vice president, strategic initiatives and advocacy at the Insurance Bureau of Canada…

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Are car rental shortages affecting loss of use endorsements?

August 5, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The car rental shortage isn’t only impeding on Canadians’ travel plans—it could also affect policyholders’ loss of use endorsements. Luckily, there are alternative options for insurers to reimburse customers on their loss of use policies, says one of Canada’s largest…

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Will inflation reboot the P&C hard market?

August 5, 2022 by Philip Porado

Although the commercial insurance market shows signs of gradually shifting toward more stable conditions, the hard market isn’t yet in the rear-view mirror and a soft market hasn’t arrived. “I would say we are more in a transitioning market [and]…

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Auto insurers had it right in accident benefits HST case, Appeal Court rules

August 3, 2022 by David Gambrill

Auto insurers that paid catastrophically impaired accident victims attendant care benefits prior to a regulatory clarification in 2019 do not have to pay provincial sales tax above and beyond the benefit limits outlined in law, the Court of Appeal for…

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2021 Cat frequency ties 2008 for second place

August 3, 2022 by Glenn McGillivray

Severe weather cost Canadian insurers $2.25 billion in 2021, placing the year in the Top 5 for losses according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Last year, 14 events with $25 million in claims or higher were declared nationwide,…

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Intact’s game plan in personal auto

August 2, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Intact’s personal auto insurance premiums grew by 28% in 2022 Q2, but the company says its auto game plan is “not only pricing-driven,” the CEO reported during Intact’s recent earnings call.  “Equally important is how we manage claims and our…

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Inflation and higher interest rates may alter P&C market

August 2, 2022 by Glenn McGillivray

A one-two punch delivered by inflation and the resulting interest-rate increases could have several impacts on Canada’s P&C sector, including on claims costs, expense ratios, investment returns and the continued viability of the current hard market. Nearly all major industrialized…

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Why Marsh is optimistic about the cyber market

July 27, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Global brokerage Marsh is cautiously optimistic cyber’s hard market will eventually stabilize and insurers will soon be able to reward clients who have strong cyber controls with lower increases. “Market conditions are expected to remain challenging for the foreseeable future…

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Brokerage E&O 101: How to win lawsuits against evasive clients

July 27, 2022 by David Gambrill

Taking notes and attaching them to a client’s file as part of an everyday business practice allowed a veteran broker at Wyatt Dowling Insurance Brokers to win a lawsuit launched by her client over two cars that burned up in…

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Don’t forget to serve, even if the insurer already knows about the lawsuit

July 26, 2022 by David Gambrill

A claimant in a product liability case must still go through the formal process of serving notice in China of intent to sue a Chinese manufacturer, even if the defendant manufacturer was aware of the claim since 2019, had a…