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Insurers now treating distracted driving as ‘major’ conviction

November 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

In keeping with actions previously taken by Canada’s auto insurers, Northbridge General Insurance Company will start treating driving while using a hand-held communication device as a major conviction for the purpose of setting insurance rates in Nova Scotia. The change

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How COVID-19 workplace risk advice has evolved

November 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the pandemic enters its ninth month, risk managers are seeing more emphasis on the length of conversations and the importance of wearing proper masks. “The key thing now is the length of contact with somebody else. Right now, if

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The Alberta hail cat has not stopped biting

November 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are still receiving new claims from the June 2020 Alberta hail storm that is estimated to have cost the industry more than $1 billion. “We are actually still seeing some new losses reported from the June storm today,” said

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This Canadian insurer may want to cover your hospitality clients

November 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers struggling to find coverage for small and mid-sized restaurant and hotel clients may now have a new option available, and it’s already getting a response. CAA Club Group’s Echelon subsidiary announced Monday it is offering up to $5 million

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Hard market is trickling down to condo unit owners

November 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The hard market in commercial property coverage for condo corporations is having an impact on individual condo and strata unit owners, new data from LowestRates.ca shows. Personal property rates for condo unit owners increased 16% year-over-year in both Alberta and

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Winter tire use cut an auto insurer’s claims costs by this much

November 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Vehicle damage claims frequency appeared to be 6% lower for vehicles with winter tires than those without winter tires, Manitoba’s public auto insurer concluded in a recent study. “The estimated 6.3% reduction in claim frequency due to winter tire use

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Today’s cat losses ‘unimaginable’ even 10 years ago: mutual CEO

November 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The increase in cat losses over the past 10 years alone is high on the radar for Canada’s mutual insurers and has the industry calling for measures to help adapt properties to severe weather. “We have seen weather and wildfire

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Lessons for the industry from pandemic business interruption coverage disputes

November 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Massive business interruption losses resulting from COVID-19 have encouraged discussion about how governments can work with the property and casualty insurance industry to handle global disasters such as future pandemics, the CEO of an Ontario mutual suggests. “Public and private

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Intact’s message to politicians wanting more commercial insurance regulation

November 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Imposing more regulation on commercial carriers is not going to help make coverage available for clients who are having a hard time finding insurance, Intact CEO Charles Brindamour suggests. “I don’t think that scaring insurers is the way to bring

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What historical insured catastrophe losses really mean

November 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you take a deep dive into the real cost to Canadians of insured major natural disasters, even though the methodology changed around 2008, it still shows a long-term trend of claims cost increases over nearly 40 years, industry experts

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How much premium it would take for P&C insurers to absorb global BI pandemic losses

November 2, 2020 by Jason Contant

Property and casualty insurers would need to collect business interruption policy premiums for 150 years to make up for projected global output losses in 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geneva Association found in a recent study. “P&C insurers

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How much Northbridge could pay out in COVID claims

November 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Long-term care facilities accounted for a good chunk of the US$25.5 million in COVID-19 losses that Northbridge reported in the three months ending Sept. 30, officials with parent company Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. suggested this past Friday. Toronto-based Fairfax released