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First the industry mandated fire detectors. Now should it require water detectors?

October 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

An abundance of technology is available to prevent water damage in condo buildings, but panellists of a recent Canadian Underwriter webinar questioned why it’s not being mandated or put to use as condo claims continue to increase. Existing technology such

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Appeal court spells out difference between an ‘omission’ and a ‘misrepresentation’ on an insurance form

October 8, 2020 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Court of Appeal overturned a decision Wednesday against BCAA Insurance Corporation in a case that turned on the crucial difference between an “omission” and a “misrepresentation” in a home insurance application. Ultimately, the B.C. Court of Appeal ordered a

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Intact’s plan to help you advise your client on disaster resilience

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

By the end of this year, Intact Financial Corp. is hoping that a research centre it funds will have trained more than 140,000 brokers, home inspectors, realtors, and other professionals on how to make properties resilient to extreme weather, CEO

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‘Much clearer picture’ of how Ottawa will address flood risk coming soon

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A special pool, in which high-risk properties would have caps or subsidies on premiums for flood insurance, remains a possibility in Canada, and the industry should have a much better idea this fall of what the government plans to do,

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How much these four Alberta cats cost insurers in 2020

September 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Four Alberta catastrophes this year have cost insurers a grand total of about $2 billion, the Insurance Bureau of Canada confirmed this week. A hailstorm June 13, affecting mainly northeast Calgary, topped the list as it caused about $1.2 billion

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Industry needs ‘to find a solution’ to this claims adjusting problem

September 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Something needs to be done to make it easier to let Canadian claims adjusters work outside their home province in the event of a disaster, speakers suggested on a recent webinar. “It’s generally understood that it’s easier to bring U.S.

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Why these home buyers won a $100,000 lawsuit

September 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Ontario court ruling arising from a major structural defect in a cottage country home shows why a homeowner should get the vendor to complete a seller property information sheet (SPIS) before agreeing to a purchase. “The law can

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How A.M. Best predicts pandemic could affect the Canadian P&C industry

September 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An increase of residential cooking fires and business closures arising from the pandemic are among the trends affecting the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry on the radar of A.M. Best Company Inc. Overall, personal property losses are lower so

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How brokers can help mitigate risk when clients build in risky areas

September 4, 2020 by Adam Malik

Cost management needs to become a top priority if the property and casualty insurance industry wants to slow down the rise in premiums for the real estate sector. And to do that, an expert explained, both industries — insurance and

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More than one way to define a Cat

September 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you disagree with a co-worker on exactly what a catastrophe is, both of you could be right. There is no single standard definition of a “Cat,” with the industry’s loss costs — and even media coverage — among the

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Brokerage M&A activity surges amid pandemic

September 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokerage consolidation has exploded, with at least six acquisitions announced across Canada in the past week. Most recently, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group  announced Wednesday the closing of four deals, adding new retail offices in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.

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Behind the scenes of Hub’s latest Canadian acquisition

September 2, 2020 by Jason Contant

Hub announced the acquisition of Grande Prairie, Alta.-based Elevate Insurance Brokers Wednesday. Elevate is a locally-owned, independent full-service brokerage that provides home, auto, recreational vehicle and business insurance. Elevate Insurance president Pierce Krol and partner Otilja Majewski will join Hub