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Why Facility Association is reducing its trucking deductibles

March 17, 2021 by Adam Malik

Facility Association has announced a reduction in deductibles for the trucking industry. In her remarks at Facility Association’s recent annual general meeting, FA’s president and CEO Saskia Matheson said the 25% deductible rule for high-valued commercial vehicles will be dropped

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RSA Canada approved for credit scoring in auto

March 16, 2021 by David Gambrill

Nova Scotia’s insurance regulator has approved RSA Canada’s proposed introduction of a “Quality Rating Factor” (QRF), which uses credit scoring for rating auto insurance. RSA Canada’s proposed QRF, obtained with the client’s consent, will only apply to writing new auto

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Why auto rates are increasing despite fewer drivers on the road

March 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average auto insurance rates rose in Canada during the second half of 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns that led to fewer drivers on the road, a new report from LowestRates.ca found. The average auto insurance premium climbed by

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Why size matters to Western Financial Group

March 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Some brokers are entering into mergers or partnerships so they can more easily place hard-to-find coverage, according to one brokerage executive. “We just feel that some brokers who do not necessarily have our volume are struggling to find market support

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How Western Financial made its presence known in Atlantic Canada

March 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Western Financial Group is taking a non-controlling interest in Saint John, N.B.-based Huestis Insurance Group. The exact terms of the deal, announced Feb. 23, were not disclosed, other than it will give the High River, Alta.-based Western Financial a “significant”

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Regulator allows Co-operators to use credit score for rating auto

February 9, 2021 by David Gambrill

Following in Aviva Canada’s footsteps, Co-operators General Insurance Company has received approval from the Nova Scotia auto insurance regulator to use credit scoring as a rating factor to help price auto insurance rates for private passenger vehicles. “The company proposed

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Punishing winter storm belts East Coast with heavy snow and high winds

February 8, 2021 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Most of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are being pounded by heavy snow and high winds Monday, creating whiteout conditions in many areas. The storm moved into the Maritimes overnight heading west to east and is

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Messy winter storm slams into the Maritimes

February 2, 2021 by Michael MacDonald - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A winter storm lashed the Maritimes with strong winds, snow and ice pellets on Tuesday, causing power outages and forcing the closure of schools and businesses. Snowfall and winter storm warnings were issued for much of the region,

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Canadian auto and property insurance rates headed in opposite directions

February 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average personal auto premium rates in Canada decreased 2.6% in 2020 Q4 compared to the same period in 2019, but some provinces did see an increase, according to the latest results from Applied Systems’ premium rate index. On average, both

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Winter storm churning out powerful winds expected to slam into Atlantic Canada

February 1, 2021 by The Canadian Press

Environment Canada has issued a series of weather warnings for the Atlantic region, as a winter storm is expected to deliver an ugly mix of snow, rain, ice pellets and strong winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. Snowfall warnings are in

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Heartland Farm Mutual proposes merger with The Kings Mutual

January 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

Heartland Farm Mutual Inc. and The Kings Mutual Insurance Company have reached an agreement to merge under the name Heartland Farm Mutual Inc. Waterloo, Ont.-based Heartland Farm Mutual and Berwick, N.S.-based The Kings Mutual Insurance Company announced the proposed merger

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The role of digital transformation in Westland’s acquisition strategy

January 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Expanded opportunities for digital transformation are one of the key reasons behind Westland Insurance Group Ltd.’s recent acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, Westland told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. British Columbia-based Westland closed its acquisition of Storm Jan. 7. Storm operates under