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Public auto insurer to issue pandemic rebate cheques

February 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the latest public auto insurer to announce customer rebates for drivers resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced rebates in January and

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How a shrinking office footprint can grow your company

February 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

You can grow your business by shrinking the office footprint, as long as you do it correctly, the CEO of Travelers Canada says. Several P&C insurance company executives are openly discussing how much office space they might actually need once

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Letter to the editor: Best Terms — the buyer’s point of view

February 26, 2021 by BC Risk & Insurance Manager’s Association

To the Editor, We would like to respond to your editorial titled “Regulators, leave subscription policies alone,” dated Dec. 7, 2020. It is true that these are turbulent times in the insurance market, and that insurers have been experiencing losses

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Meet Zurich’s new chief risk officer for Canada

February 25, 2021 by David Gambrill

Sonia Kundi is Zurich North America’s new chief risk officer for Canada. She has joined the Zurich North America group risk management team, effective immediately, and reports to North America Chief Risk Officer Colleen Zitt. In addition to being a

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Workplace Vaccination: Should you force your staff to vaccinate?

February 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

Enforcing a vaccination policy on staff is fraught with challenges, a brokerage expert warned. It’s a hot-button issue in the industry, according to the results of a recent online survey of more than 1,150 P&C insurance professionals conducted by Canadian

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When Economical plans to hold final demutualization vote

February 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An all-policyholders’ vote on demutualization is scheduled this spring, Economical Insurance announced this week. “The process for getting this meeting on the calendar is on track,” said John Bowey, chairman of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical, in an update posted Feb. 22

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Condo corporation insurance? Unit insurance? Too many condo owners don’t know the difference

February 24, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers in Quebec have ample opportunity to educate their clients about how condo insurance works, according to the results of a recent survey commissioned by Insurance Bureau of Canada. One key source of confusion may sound familiar to brokers elsewhere

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Workplace Vaccination: A gateway to workplace wellness discussions

February 24, 2021 by Adam Malik

Discussions about workers’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic have opened the door to broader discussions about workplace health and benefits, one brokerage executive has noticed. If employers want their staff healthy and working productively, they need to make sure staff

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Intact CEO’s forecast for auto rate relief in 2021

February 24, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

It could be up to a year before driving habits return to normal, but don’t expect many of your clients to pay less for auto insurance. Those were a couple of key takeaways from a recent Intact earnings call. “It

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The future of auto claims if everyone keeps working from home

February 23, 2021 by David Gambrill

Auto insurers will be watching very carefully to see how future working-from-home arrangements will affect downtown traffic patterns — and hence, auto insurance claims — during the post-pandemic era, says an RSA Canada claims executive. Government lockdowns to avoid the

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Workplace Vaccination: Follow the leader

February 23, 2021 by Adam Malik

If senior leadership wants employees to follow their guidance on getting vaccinated, they need to set the right example, experts advise. Leaders need to be seen promoting their vaccination programs, says Gigi Acevedo-Parker, a registered nurse and Hub International’s clinical

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Why business interruption lawsuits against Aviva got ‘carved off’ from Ontario class action

February 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is facing two proposed class-action lawsuits in Ontario from clients whose business interruption claims were denied during the ongoing pandemic. Allegations that Aviva has breached insurance contracts by denying BI claims have not been proven in court. Nordik