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Rising lumber, materials costs lead claims professionals to tweak their approach

May 16, 2022 by Philip Porado

With the inflation rate at a 30-year high, specialists handling home reconstruction claims are making adjustments that reflect surging prices for construction components – including lumber, finishing materials and appliances. What started as supply chain problems, some of which were

Gathering the data for underwriting a risk.
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Where have all the good underwriters gone?

May 12, 2022 by Gloria Cilliers

For years, insurers have poached commercial underwriters from one another amid M&A activity, an aging population and hard/soft markets. But that’s left the industry with less seasoned talent and slower investment in acquisition, training and retention. “Suddenly, more so than

A woman stands in the backyard of her flooded home in Calgary in 2013
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Construction to begin on flood mitigation project west of Calgary

May 5, 2022 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Nine years after a catastrophic flood caused billions of dollars in damage to parts of Calgary and surrounding communities, work is to begin on a dam to protect the area from rising water in the future. Premier Jason

Damage after a tornado in Barrie, Ont. in July 2021
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Why Barrie’s 2021 tornado damage was “largely preventable”

May 4, 2022 by Jason Contant

More than 35 years after a deadly tornado in Barrie, Ont. – the site of another strong tornado last year – the industry is still looking for modernizations to the Ontario Building Code and tornado protection construction practices. “Since before

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Beware the tax implications of unlicensed insurance

May 3, 2022 by Jason Contant

If you’re looking to place a risk through an insurer that’s not licensed to write business in Canada, it’s important to understand the requirements around filing federal and provincial taxes, as well as special broker licenses. Although direct placement with

Luxury new house in suburbs.
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How guaranteed replacement fits within a world of rising home costs

April 26, 2022 by Philip Porado

While federal budget proposals aimed at dampening home-price escalation may modestly help insurers control reconstruction costs for insureds, there’s another side to the conversation. What if it doesn’t work? Beyond price appreciation, lots of factors — like updates to building

Bombed out building in Ukraine painted in flag's colours.
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Ukraine war insured losses could outstrip 9-11

April 20, 2022 by Philip Porado

When adjusters are finally able to assess the damage stemming from the war in Ukraine, costs may exceed the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks as the largest industry-wide insured loss, across all classes of business, in history, said a specialty

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Proposal to end real estate bidding wars could affect P&C insurers

April 19, 2022 by Philip Porado

Cracking down on factors contributing to home-price escalation is a major component of the Apr. 7 federal budget document. If successful, they could affect insurers’ ability to control reconstruction costs and other claims impacts for their insureds. Proposed budget actions

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Does federal budget create new tax liability for P&C industry?

April 12, 2022 by Greg Meckbach

A federal budget proposal to forbid insurers from using a contractual service margin as a deductible reserve for tax purposes could impose a one-time tax liability on the industry. International Financial Reporting Standard 17 (IFRS 17) will “substantially change the

Rising flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2021
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B.C. mayors dealing with flooding and wildfire damage call on feds to deliver funds

April 12, 2022 by Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – British Columbia mayors whose communities were devastated by last year’s flooding and wildfires want the federal government to deliver billions of dollars in promised funding as soon as possible. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said he was among 28

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Key challenges facing your construction industry clients

April 6, 2022 by Jason Contant

An ongoing labour shortage, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of the key issues facing the construction industry in general, says the head of risk control with Travelers Canada. “I think the biggest prolonged challenge that comes around, seems

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How brokers can help clients nip construction defects in the bud

April 5, 2022 by Jason Contant

Understanding proper storage and handling of materials can help your construction clients avoid a loss later down the road. Being able to identify material damaged by ultraviolet rays or weather is a key component of a construction risk management plan,