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CSIO finalizes standard set of questions for underwriting this commercial line

November 19, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations’ (CSIO) commercial lines working group has finalized a standard set of questions required for underwriting small contractor new business submissions. “This is a significant step in implementing commercial lines data standards in the

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Intact agrees to buy The Guarantee and MGA Frank Cowan

August 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, Intact Financial Corp. has agreed to buy The Guarantee Company of North America and MGA Frank Cowan Company Limited for about $1 billion from Princeton Holdings. Princeton will continue to own retail brokerage Cowan

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Simple ways to keep a roof on during a tornado

August 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and home building company Doug Tarry Homes Ltd. have joined forces for a pilot project on increasing the resilience of homes to high wind and tornado events. High winds contributed in part to

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How oil patch woes impact surety bond losses

July 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Cutbacks in oil and gas is one reason bond claims have become more frequent in Western Canada, a surety expert for the nation’s largest insurer suggests. A slowdown in the construction market in Alberta – and to some extent in

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How construction clients could be taking on too much risk

July 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you place insurance for construction clients, they could be signing contracts that saddle them with risks that they should not be taking on. “We are beginning to see tenders coming out where not enough design work has been done

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Quebec’s largest brokerage grows with latest acquisition

June 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

Large Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau has acquired the assets of Petrela, Murray, LeBlanc Inc., another brokerage in the province. With the acquisition, Lussier Dale Parizeau now totals $475 million in premium volume, the brokerage said in a press release

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How Ontario got it right on surety

May 30, 2019 by Jason Contant

The federal government should follow Ontario’s lead in addressing contractor insolvency before the federal budget bill becomes law, says the Surety Association of Canada (SAC). The federal budget bill, Bill C-97, was tabled in March and passed second reading on

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Is wind “the new water” for Canada’s insurers?

April 25, 2019 by Jason Contant

High winds contributed in part to most catastrophes in Canada over the past few decades, prompting the need for a new national standard on wind resilience, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said Thursday. A report released by ICLR

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Online basement flood course coming soon

January 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An online version of the Home Flood Risk Assessment Training will be available Canada-wide this March, Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, said in a recent interview. The course is geared towards insurance brokers, home inspectors,

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The ‘tough decision’ Alberta made to reduce flood risk

January 30, 2019 by Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The Alberta government has now acquired one fifth of the land it needs for a controversial reservoir west of Calgary that would help protect the city from another massive flood. Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Tuesday the province

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Insurer involvement urged in the building code process

January 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) want to restore direct insurance industry involvement in the building code process. “At some point in the distant past, perhaps four decades ago or more, the Canadian

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Cars submerged in flooded Montreal tunnel

November 21, 2018 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A broken water pipe has flooded a tunnel on a major Montreal artery, submerging three cars. The west-end Atwater tunnel connecting downtown and neighbourhoods to the southwest flooded Tuesday morning after utility workers accidentally punctured the pipe. It