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How insurers plan to advocate for climate adaptation in federal election

August 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Adapting properties and communities to be more resilient to climate-related disasters should be a federal election issue, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official told Canadian Underwriter Monday. “We will be very active throughout the federal election in advocating for adaptation

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Forest fire in northern New Brunswick still burning but now considered contained

August 17, 2021 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Fire officials in New Brunswick say a forest fire in the north of the province is now contained. The blaze has burned about 64 hectares east of Mount Carleton Provincial Park. The provincial forest fire report says 60

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Why mega-ships are mega risks for marine insurers

August 16, 2021 by Jason Contant

The blocking of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given container ship in March shows that ever-increasing vessel sizes continue to pose a disproportionately large risk, said marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS). On Mar. 23, 2021,

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How Lloyd’s insurers will react to capacity reductions in Canada

August 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

“Constant churn” helps restore some capacity withdrawn by syndicates, though not always at the same terms and conditions, Lloyd’s Canada’s new president suggests. “When capacity is scarce in one or more syndicates, other syndicates likely view this as an opportunity,”

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Hundreds of properties evacuated as wind prompts growth in B.C. wildfires

August 16, 2021 by Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

High winds intensified numerous wildfires burning in British Columbia, forcing more evacuation orders for residents in hundreds of homes late Sunday, says the BC Wildfire Service. Some of the largest and most dangerous fires are burning in the southern Interior

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How Aviva Canada fared in the first half of 2021 

August 12, 2021 by Jason Contant

A lack of catastrophic events in the first half of 2021 and decreased personal auto and commercial claims related to COVID-19 contributed to a 6.7% improvement in Aviva Canada’s combined operating ratio (COR) in the first half of 2021 compared

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All major commercial lines seeing average premium renewal increases, report says

August 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s hard market in commercial P&C is showing no signs of letting up, with all major lines seeing average premium renewal rate increases in the second quarter of 2021. “Overall, the magnitude of rate increases across all segments included in

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4 causes of social inflation and why it’s costing your clients more

August 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Social inflation is one reason your client’s commercial rates may be outpacing the insurers’ loss cost trends, a Bermuda insurer CEO suggests. “I define social inflation as including politicians, regulator, or courts re-defining wording in favour of claimants,” said Albert

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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How this year’s B.C. wildfire season compares to previous years

August 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

It looks like this year’s wildfire season in British Columbia could be one for the record books. Between Apr. 1 and Aug. 9 of this year, the province saw 1,456 wildfires and nearly 650,000 hectares of area burned. This compares

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How Lloyd’s Canada says the industry can better prepare for the next time a pandemic causes business interruption

August 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lloyd’s is talking to Canadian government authorities about how business interruption risk, arising from a pandemic, can be transferred in the future. “In Canada, Lloyd’s has talked to the federal finance department and different provincial government regulators,” Lloyd’s Canada president

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Swiss Re predicts record-high global insurance premiums by end of 2022

August 6, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

As the world economy steadily recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Swiss Re forecasts that global insurance premiums will reach a never-before-seen U.S.$7 trillion by the end of 2022. According to the global reinsurer’s recent World Insurance Sigma report, the pandemic

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How Fairfax is reserving for COVID-19 business interruption reinsurance charges

August 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The uncertainty around business interruption insurance coverage and the impact of a United Kingdom Supreme Court are among the reasons Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings has put aside more than US$80 million this year in COVID-19 reserves. Fairfax reported July 29