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Brokerage M&A round-up: Which four were bought?

November 9, 2020 by Jason Contant

British Columbia-based Westland Insurance Group Ltd. has moved into the Ontario market, announcing that it has acquired Gillons Insurance Brokers Ltd. The “significant and substantial milestone” supports Westland’s expansion strategy to become a national insurance brokerage, the brokerage said when

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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 COVID could change adjusting for good

October 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the way property insurance clients want their claims handled, a technology vendor suggests. “COVID has been the awakening for many companies,” said James Swayze, Toronto-based executive for Canada at CoreLogic Inc. After COVID-19 was

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What brokers are looking at to help condo corporations reduce deductibles

October 29, 2020 by David Gambrill

Brokers working in the condo insurance class of business are looking at creative ways to help their condo corporation clients shoulder the burden of much higher deductibles — including preliminary discussions around the option of “buy-down” deductibles. “As a broker,

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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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Gushing over oil storage

October 18, 2020 by Michael Freill, President, Mark 1 Engineering

How Canada’s P&C insurers plugged a regulatory hole that exposed the industry to millions of dollars in claims every year

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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