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What’s smoking hot in cannabis insurance claims trends

February 24, 2021 by Jason Contant

Nearly two-and-a-half years after recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada, the country’s P&C insurance industry is starting to get a sense of the type of claims arising from the October 2018 legalization. The big issue right now is vaping, said

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Property restoration space has ‘big capacity’ issue: Brindamour

February 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is aiming to build capacity in what CEO Charles Brindamour calls the “super-fragmented” restoration contractor industry. “Our thought process with On Side [Restoration] is very much consistent with what we tried to do with BrokerLink a decade

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Canada’s hardest-hit commercial lines — and a reason for optimism

February 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

Commercial lines market hardening in Canada — and globally — should continue through the early half of 2021, with some possible easing of rate increases during the second half of the year once vaccine rollout is widespread, an Aon report

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What’s making it harder to estimate property Cat claims

February 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Recent price increases in building materials means it is harder than normal to predict the cost of repairing property damage, restoration experts say. Restoration contractor Peak Services handled several thousand claims after the June 13, 2020, record hail storm in

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One knock-off effect of rising condo deductibles

February 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A large increase in deductibles on condo corporations’ insurance is starting to put pressure on individual condo owners’ premiums, a new report from LowestRates.ca shows. “When a deductible goes up – say from $20,000 a year to $100,000, or $200,000

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How COVID-19 has affected repair of vehicles from hail

February 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some barriers to repairing vehicle and property damage – including a shortage of auto body parts, and a labour shortage impacted by Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) recipients who are reluctant to return to work,

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Final outcome of The Co-operators’ surface water commercial property coverage dispute

February 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released Thursday means The Co-operators cannot appeal a $429,000 court decision against it over “surface water” coverage on a commercial property policy. In Co-operators General Insurance Company v. Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre

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Where Canada sits with high-risk flood insurance pool

February 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Industry experts are trying to calculate how much it would cost to set up an insurance pool for homes at high risk of overland flood, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official suggests. Canada’s Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation

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Get ready for a ‘multi-year correction’ upwards in commercial insurance pricing

February 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Despite consecutive quarters of double-digit increases in specialty lines, commercial insurers are likely to continue raising your clients’ premiums even further in the coming years, a Bermuda insurance CEO warns. “While the pricing momentum we are seeing in both insurance

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COVID’s impact on aviation insurance could be worse than you think

February 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The drop in international air travel is not causing a corresponding decline in aviation insurance claims costs, a Calgary-based commercial specialty expert warns. Meanwhile, airlines will not see sales return to pre-pandemic levels even after most Canadians get their COVID

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Will NatCats cause your business clients to leave hot spots?

February 1, 2021 by Adam Malik

After going through a wildfire and multiple flooding events over the last few years, it’s reasonable to believe that businesses are re-thinking about being in Fort McMurray, Alta., says a Canadian P&C insurance executive. The executive’s comment applies to more

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Hard-hit businesses get rules, Feb. 1 start date for Liberals’ $1-million loan fund

January 26, 2021 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Companies that want in on a new federal loan program will have to show sharp revenue declines during the pandemic and that they have already applied for other business aid. The new loans, from the Highly Affected Sectors