Canadian Underwriter
News BrokersClaimsInsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Why your clients may not be covered when there’s an active wildfire

May 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

With wildfire season already underway in Alberta and British Columbia, brokers will be looking at how insurance can help their clients mitigate any losses. But brokers and clients alike may not know that the ability to bind coverage could be…

News ClaimsLegal

This province’s statute of limitations ‘cries out for reform’

May 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

In trying to sue construction contractors for a leaky building, a Winnipeg hospital is actually criticizing Manitoba’s Limitation of Actions Act, a provincial appeal court judge suggested in a recent ruling. In 2003, construction finished on a new five-storey building…

News CatastrophesRestoration

How province is responding to growing Alberta wildfire threat

May 17, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON –  The Alberta government has imposed a fire ban and restrictions on off-highway vehicle use in the northern half of the province. The government says the decision was made due to the growing threat of wildfires. The areas affected…

News Restoration

How this property restoration firm got in and out of trouble

May 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A restoration contractor whose employee drove a company vehicle with a suspended licence is getting its truck back from police impoundment. A man identified as “C.S.” was pulled over in Barrie late Friday evening March 15 while driving a  2017…

News CatastrophesClaims CanadaClimate ChangeLegislation / Regulation

Provinces asking feds for $138 million to help buy out flooded properties

May 16, 2019 by Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Flood-ravaged provinces are asking the federal government to provide almost $138 million to move or buy out homeowners affected by previous years’ inundations, according to new data that gives a glimpse into the national costs of helping residents…

News AdjustersClaimsClimate ChangeRestoration

The challenges of assessing seasonal home damage

May 13, 2019 by Adam Malik

Despite being told flooding in Ontario’s Cottage Country back in 2013 was one-in-100-years event, area businesses and residents are cleaning up from a second and more widespread flooding incident in less than a decade. Climate is playing a key role…

News CatastrophesClaimsInsurance

How much will the eastern Canada flooding cost?

May 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

Total economic losses from the recent flooding in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are expected minimally to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars (U.S.), Aon’s latest catastrophe report said. The flooding event has already been declared a catastrophe…

News AdjustersCatastrophes

Waters to rise again in Ottawa area, even as N.B. turns to flood recovery mode

May 10, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Water levels are expected to rise again this weekend between Ottawa and Montreal, even as New Brunswick’s floods are effectively over. Officials warned late Thursday that “significant” rainfall is expected to raise water levels in the Ottawa/Gatineau area down to…

News Restoration

What’s closed in Victoria after commercial fire

May 9, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA, B.C. – Days after flames tore through a vacant hotel in Victoria, one man is still missing and smoke lingers, forcing the closure of city hall and several other businesses. The fire in the former Victoria Plaza Hotel has…

News Claims

A major risk factor in children being hit by cars

May 8, 2019 by Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new study suggests children from poorer areas of Ontario face a greater risk of getting hit by vehicles than those from wealthier areas, possibly because they are more likely to walk to school alone. The study – conducted by…

News EngineeringTechnology

How kitty litter can impact insured property losses

May 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While spring rains and thawing have caused overland flooding of Biblical proportions, drain backups are also the bane of some insurers’ existence. In multi-storey commercial and residential buildings, drain backups are the number one cause of damage, said Adam Bartman,…

News ClaimsInsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Is sinkhole damage covered under a standard home insurance policy?

May 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to include additional comments.   Is damage from a sinkhole covered under a standard homeowner’s policy? “Earth movement” is typically excluded under a standard policy, but an earthquake endorsement may provide coverage. The…