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How IBC plans to help restaurants find insurance

October 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Clients in the hospitality sector who cannot find affordable coverage can now go directly to the Insurance Bureau of Canada for help. IBC has hired a risk manager to help commercial clients improve their risk profile, said Jordan Brennan, IBC’s

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Insurers pledge small business help as pressure mounts to address rising rates

October 29, 2020 by The Canadian Press

A group representing Canadian insurance companies say it is launching a team that will help small businesses find affordable coverage as rates rise because of the pandemic. The Insurance Bureau of Canada, an association that represents the industry, says the

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Bank of Canada holds rate steady, says COVID-19 economic recovery likely by 2022

October 28, 2020 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is keeping its key interest rate on hold as it says the country’s economy won’t fully recover what was lost to COVID-19 until 2022, with the road to there dependent on the path of

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What this Vancouver plaintiff’s lawyer says about pandemic business interruption coverage

October 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia lawyer suggests at least half the business interruption insurance policies he has reviewed should cover a client who lost business because of emergency measures imposed to contain the novel coronavirus. “People who have ‘all-risk’ policies should be

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Ontario promises action to address rising commercial insurance rates, critics urge regulation

October 26, 2020 by Shawn Jeffords - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Under pressure to address rising commercial insurance rates blamed on the pandemic, Premier Doug Ford promised this week to take action to stop what he called “gouging” by some companies in the sector.   Ford twice this week has

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Digital brokers: Should you build your own tech, or buy someone else’s?

October 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Okay, so your brokerage is going digital: Should you build your own technology, or buy someone else’s? The answer is largely situational, with panellists at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario’s 2020 virtual convention offering their best advice to brokers

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Why reinsurers are now ‘hesitant’ to support some Canadian insurers

October 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One lesson from the economic disruption from COVID-19 is the importance of telling clients exactly what risks are and are not covered, an Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario panelist suggested Thursday. “Business interruption class action litigation does not attract capital

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Experts say counterfeit hand sanitizer recall is a lesson for retailers

October 22, 2020 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Dollarama Inc. is removing a counterfeit and recalled hand sanitizer from its shelves, which experts say should serve as a reminder of how important it is for retailers and consumers to do their due diligence when shopping. “Since

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How auto insurers are promoting National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Teenagers are 3.1 times more likely to follow too closely than drivers older than 45, Manitoba’s auto insurer is warning. Teens are also 3.6 times more likely to lose control or drive off the road than drivers aged 45 and

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How a smart phone can drive efficiency in the claims process

October 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Using a smart phone to take pictures of property damage as soon as it happens could speed up the claims process and reduce fraud risk, the head of a Canadian claims technology vendor suggests. “The best way to drive efficiency

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How COVID-19 has changed cyber underwriting

October 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With loss ratios in the Canadian cyber insurance market skyrocketing, purchasing cyber without having to answer a whole bunch of questions may become a thing of the past. In the recent past, if a client was not very large, or

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Watch for governments to transfer financial risk from natural disasters to insurers: Swiss Re

October 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

There is growing awareness that governments can transfer the financial risk of natural disasters to both insurance and capital markets, a Swiss Re expert observes. In Asia, Africa, the United States and Britain, there are examples of national and sub-national