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Ontario government pledges $100 million to help tourism sector recover from COVID-19 

September 27, 2021 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario is investing $100 million in the province’s tourism sector to help it recover from the impact of COVID-19. Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod says the money will be distributed through the new Tourism Recovery Program. McLeod says the

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Small businesses continue to be hard-hit by rising premiums this year, CFIB reports

September 24, 2021 by Jason Contant

Insurance has become the top operating cost concern for small businesses, with seven in 10 reporting their premiums have increased since the beginning of the year, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reported. The ongoing hard commercial insurance market,

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Business interruption class action against Aviva Canada now fully certified in Ontario

September 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario manufacturer shuts down its factory for several weeks in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Factory managers re-configure the facility to allow workers to socially distance. Can that manufacturer get business insurance coverage if its policy wording

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How the hail peril is changing

September 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Once confined mostly to “hail alley” regions such as south and central Alberta, Texas and Colorado, hailstorms are now doing damage across North America in plenty of regions considered low-risk, says a new white paper from RIMS, the risk management

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The ‘Triple A’s’ to successfully navigate your company through the pandemic

September 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

The ‘Triple As’ of strategic agility — avoid, absorb and accelerate — are distinct ways that successful companies navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent blog from Harvard Business Review. Companies such as Airbnb that not just survived by

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Ontario court certifies class-action against insurers related to COVID-19

September 1, 2021 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has certified a class-action lawsuit against fourteen insurance companies that denied business interruption claims related to COVID-19. The class action, launched by several small businesses including a suit store, a smoothie shop and

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How Lloyd’s Canada says the industry can better prepare for the next time a pandemic causes business interruption

August 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lloyd’s is talking to Canadian government authorities about how business interruption risk, arising from a pandemic, can be transferred in the future. “In Canada, Lloyd’s has talked to the federal finance department and different provincial government regulators,” Lloyd’s Canada president

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How Fairfax is reserving for COVID-19 business interruption reinsurance charges

August 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The uncertainty around business interruption insurance coverage and the impact of a United Kingdom Supreme Court are among the reasons Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings has put aside more than US$80 million this year in COVID-19 reserves. Fairfax reported July 29

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UFO sightings: Are your clients covered for an alien invasion?

June 24, 2021 by David Gambrill

Recent talk about UFOs during the pandemic has caused the most conspiratorial among us to wonder if Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry is prepared for the most secretive of risks: An alien invasion of Earth. Film footage has emerged

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‘Unavoidable delay’ lease clause does not mean retailer can delay paying rent during lockdown: Court

June 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Hudson’s Bay Company cannot use an “unavoidable delay” clause in a mall lease agreement to stop paying rent to the landlord during the COVID-19 pandemic, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11,

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Insurers faced with barrage of COVID-19 coverage disputes

June 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen coverage disputes arising from business interruption from lockdowns and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic are making their way through Ontario courts. Law firm McCarthy Tetrault has served 17 individual statements of claim with the Ontario Superior

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Coverage that you should be discussing with your commercial clients

May 17, 2021 by Adam Malik

Brokers exploring new ways to protect their commercial clients should be making “malicious attack” coverage part of the conversation, a risk expert advises. But it can be a tricky conversation for brokers to have. Clients may think they can’t afford