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Cheque is in the mail: Insurance rebates coming to Saskatchewan drivers

May 11, 2021 by The Canadian Press

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s Crown-owned insurer says it will start mailing rebates on vehicle insurance this week. Saskatchewan Government Insurance says 709,000 cheques are to be sent out. The rebates apply to all vehicles, motorcycles, trailers and snowmobiles for which insurance

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How commercial premium renewal rates are trending in Canada

April 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian commercial line renewal rates increased at a slower pace across all major lines in Q1 2021 compared to one year ago, according to the latest commercial premium rate index from tech vendor Applied Systems. Overall, the magnitude of rate

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Why IBAC foresees a national flood insurance program

April 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The recently-released federal budget gives brokers reason to be optimistic that Canada will eventually have a national flood insurance program for homeowners, the head of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada suggests. “The commitment from the federal government is clear

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What courts say about vacancy exclusion when elderly homeowner client moves to a care home

April 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An elderly homeowner’s health takes a turn for the worse, necessitating a move into a care home. The client still owns her original home, which suffers water damage. The insurer denies the claim on the grounds that the property is

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Insurers seek federal grants for homeowners to improve basement flood protection

April 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The industry is pushing to make federal grants available for Canadian homeowners to reduce basement flood risk. In the fall of 2020, the federal government announced its Greener Homes initiative. When the program rolls out, the plan is to provide

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Bank of Canada keeps rate on hold, sees brighter economic outlook

April 21, 2021 by Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is keeping its key interest rate target on hold as it raises its outlook for economic growth this year. The key rate remains at 0.25 per cent where it has held steady for more

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How the feds’ budget benefits the P&C industry

April 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are hoping it will be easier for homeowners to borrow money to raise their structures in areas at risk of flood or to replace roofs in wildfire-prone regions as a result of the federal budget announced Monday. In her

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Toilet trouble means strata owner must reimburse corporation’s $5,000 deductible

April 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia townhouse owner whose toilet overflowed and caused damage has to pay the $5,000 deductible on the strata corporation’s insurance claim, the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) has ruled. Jefferson Wu is the principal of Kwan-Wu Holdings Ltd.,

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Can insurtechs match the financial performance of traditional carriers?

April 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lemonade, Root and Metromile have a few things in common, and it’s not just their leading-edge technology. “Their performance has been consistently worse than those of their more traditional [insurance company] peers,” writes Joel Baker, CEO of MSA Research Inc.

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Why ransomware victims are deciding not to pay up

April 15, 2021 by Adam Malik

It appears ransomware victims are less willing to give in to cybercriminals and pay up, according to a recent report by ransomware incident response platform Coveware. Commercial clients are considering the tradeoffs and are increasingly opting not to hand over

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Why certain commercial sub-segments are facing pricing, capacity crunch

April 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Today’s hard market is different not only because of COVID-19 but also because insurers are more granular in their approach towards specific segments within the commercial market, experts suggested Monday during a Canadian Underwriter webinar. “In some industries [i.e. commercial

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Pandemic will cost the global P&C industry more than $250 billion: Lloyd’s

April 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The pandemic will cost the global insurance industry at least US$200 billion, Lloyd’s predicts. “We estimate that the global insurance industry will pay around US$203 billion in claims and due to a reduction in asset values as a result of