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How much claims costs decreased for one insurer

September 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is reporting a 27% decrease in claims costs in the first quarter of 2021 compared to a year ago, primarily as a result of less vehicles on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Claims costs

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Grasshopper infestation affecting Prairie agriculture sector

August 11, 2021 by Brittany Hobson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A pattern of dry, hot weather across the Prairies over the past few years has resulted in a grasshopper infestation of epic proportions, with some experts saying the nuisance is negatively affecting every part of the agriculture industry. For several

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Did loosening COVID restrictions contribute to more serious accidents?

July 21, 2021 by Jason Contant

Statistics from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) show a definitive link between the lifting of COVID-19 public health orders and an increase in serious collisions and fatalities on roads in the province. Throughout the pandemic, Canadian Underwriter has reported auto insurer

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Drought ravages crops and pastures across the Prairies

July 19, 2021 by Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Farmers are calling for emergency disaster relief as drought ravages crops and pastures across the Prairie provinces and beyond. Scorching temperatures and little to no rainfall have left crops in poor condition across wide swaths of Alberta, Saskatchewan

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How many of your clients asked their auto insurer for premium relief?

June 22, 2021 by Jason Contant

Many Canadians have been driving far less during the COVID-19 pandemic, but more than half of them did not reach out to their auto insurer to inquire about discounts or changes to their policies, according to a new survey from

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B.C. deploys crews to Manitoba to assist with several aggressive wildfires

May 27, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A crew of firefighters is heading to Manitoba to help with wildfires in that province. B.C.’s Forests Minister Katrine Conroy says 41 firefighters and two support staff were deployed on Wednesday. A statement from Conroy’s office says the

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COVID’s effect on Canadian auto and property rates

April 22, 2021 by Jason Contant

Endorsements to auto policies as a result of changing driving habits from COVID-19 are resulting in average premium rate renewal decreases across most of the country, according to Applied Systems’ latest rating index report. Personal property rates, on the other

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Adjuster’s fine halved on appeal in a replacement cost dispute over a tractor

April 15, 2021 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba insurance adjuster has been fined for failing to carry out instructions from an insurer to inform a claimant about how to replace their tractor under the terms of the insurer’s Limited Waiver of Depreciation. The adjuster, Douglas Boyd

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Explain how AI leads to underwriting decisions, report urges

March 31, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers who use big data and artificial intelligence to make underwriting decisions must be prepared to explain to clients and regulators exactly how they arrived at those decisions, an Insurance Institute of Canada researcher suggests. “A challenge in the application

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Brokerages snapped up coast-to-coast in latest M&A deals

March 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian brokerage acquisitions continue coast-to-coast with the recent purchases of four brokerages in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Navacord, B.C.-based brokerage Waypoint Insurance, Archway Insurance and Westland Insurance Group (which bought two brokerages) all made acquisition announcements at

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Public auto insurer to issue pandemic rebate cheques

February 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the latest public auto insurer to announce customer rebates for drivers resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced rebates in January and

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How to avoid turning the mishandling of a claim into a six-figure bad faith award

February 3, 2021 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba court decision ordering the province’s public auto insurer to pay a bad faith award of $350,000 serves as a cautionary tale to the industry that bad faith awards for mishandling a claim can be made even after a