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Ontario budget highlights property flood risk

March 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are applauding the Ontario government for its commitment to improve flood mapping and to provide more money for municipal water infrastructure, measures that the industry hopes will reduce the risk of water damage to insured properties. In a press

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COVID’s impact on insurance fraud

March 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Fraudsters are taking advantage of anxieties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic to exploit victims in the Canadian P&C insurance space in novel ways, speakers said during a fraud webinar Wednesday. For example, some body shops are charging drivers extra cleaning

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OSFI results: The good, the bad, and the ugly for Canada’s P&C industry

March 25, 2021 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 last year might have been the end of the world as we know it, to riff on a song by R.E.M., but Canada’s P&C insurance industry is doing fine — financially, at least. After a full year of the

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How COVID has influenced usage-based auto insurance adoption

March 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists who are driving fewer kilometres than they were before the pandemic are more likely to select usage-based auto insurance, Intact Financial Corp. observes. “COVID has pushed consumers to recognize that maybe UBI would be a tool that will immediately

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Hospitality cover? This is a job for the Business Insurance Action Team

March 15, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Hospitality clients are starting to get coverage from multiple carriers on a subscription basis through the Business Insurance Action Team, says the CEO of one of the participating insurers. Cambridge, Ont.-based Gore Mutual is participating in the BIAT, launched in

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Why these B.C. strata owners didn’t have to pay the corporation’s $5,000 deductible

March 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia strata unit owner is not liable for their strata corporation’s $5,000 deductible on a property claim arising from a fire, the province’s civil resolution tribunal has ruled. Mei Sum Leung and David Leung own a strata unit

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Why home insurance was so profitable for Intact in 2020

March 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The hard market in home insurance is helping Canada’s largest P&C insurer make a healthy profit. But insurers need to maintain pricing discipline in personal property because weather catastrophe costs are increasing over time, suggests the chief financial officer at

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Advice from the U.S.: Canada needs exit strategy from national flood

March 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canada needs to proceed with caution if it wants to establish a taxpayer-supported program to write flood insurance for high-risk homes, an American speaker warned the Canadian P&C industry during CatIQ Connect. “Be very careful with a federal flood insurance

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Why reinsurers are watching how UK top court defined ‘occurrence’ in business interruption dispute

March 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The British Supreme Court’s interpretation of the word “occurrence,” in its recent COVID-19 business interruption ruling, should not be applied to reinsurance excess of loss treaties, Guy Carpenter experts argue in a recent paper. In a decision released on Jan.

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What’s smoking hot in cannabis insurance claims trends

February 24, 2021 by Jason Contant

Nearly two-and-a-half years after recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada, the country’s P&C insurance industry is starting to get a sense of the type of claims arising from the October 2018 legalization. The big issue right now is vaping, said

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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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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