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What would a hybrid workplace even look like?

March 26, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurance professionals would like a more flexible, hybrid workplace, a recent survey shows, but the question for employers now is what such an arrangement might look like. About 87% of the more than 1,150 P&C insurance

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OSFI results: The good, the bad, and the ugly for Canada’s P&C industry

March 25, 2021 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 last year might have been the end of the world as we know it, to riff on a song by R.E.M., but Canada’s P&C insurance industry is doing fine — financially, at least. After a full year of the

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Fewer brokers in 10 years, insurance exec predicts

March 24, 2021 by Adam Malik

Brokers may not disappear over the next 10 years but their ranks will definitely thin out, an insurance brokerage executive predicted during a recent webinar. Commoditization of the insurance industry will cut out transactional procedures that many brokers find themselves

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Hardest-hit businesses call for extension of federal wage, rent

March 24, 2021 by Jordan Press and Joan Bryden - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal Liberals are facing calls from some of the hardest-hit businesses in the pandemic to use the coming budget to extend emergency relief programs beyond June, saying many will still need help even as the economy picks

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The demographic suffering most during remote work

March 23, 2021 by Jason Contant

Very young workers at your brokerage or insurance company are the “overlooked demographic” that may be suffering the most as we pass the one-year anniversary of working from home during the pandemic, according to a recent survey from Microsoft Corp.

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2020 results: Did Canada’s insurers “outrun the bear” of claims inflation?

March 23, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canada’s P&C insurance industry survived the pandemic year of 2020 in good financial health, although some insurers wound up with healthier balance sheets than others, according to financial data published in the forthcoming MSA Research Q4-2020 Outlook Report. “The Canadian

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What’s next in IBAC’s data exchange API pipeline

March 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

At least one insurer plans to offer an application programming interface (API) intended to help brokers quote and bind coverage for small businesses without the aggravation of having to log into different insurer portals or send emails or faxes. Unica

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COVID’s impact on the Canadian P&C industry’s capital base

March 22, 2021 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 may have affected the earnings of individual P&C insurers unevenly, but the industry’s overall capital base reached the unparalleled height of $52.6 billion during the first three quarters of 2020, according to the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation

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How vaccine rollout impacts commercial risk management

March 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If your commercial clients are bringing more workers back into the office, risk managers might be curious as to whether returning workers have received any of their COVID-19 vaccine shots. But before your clients ask their employees about their vaccine

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How COVID has influenced usage-based auto insurance adoption

March 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists who are driving fewer kilometres than they were before the pandemic are more likely to select usage-based auto insurance, Intact Financial Corp. observes. “COVID has pushed consumers to recognize that maybe UBI would be a tool that will immediately

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M&A report: Where Intact-RSA sits among Canada’s largest Q4 deals

March 17, 2021 by David Gambrill

Intact and Danish insurer Tryg’s $10.4-billion play for RSA Insurance Group plc topped the list of Canada’s largest deals announced in 2020 Q4, according to a recent report by corporate law firm Miller Thomson. The report defines the largest M&A

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Economical sets date for final policyholder vote on demutualization

March 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A key step in Economical Insurance’s demutualization process, the third and final policyholder vote, is scheduled May 20, the Waterloo, Ont.-based insurer announced this week. If a client had a policy – either mutual or non-mutual – with Economical in