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The Alberta hail cat has not stopped biting

November 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are still receiving new claims from the June 2020 Alberta hail storm that is estimated to have cost the industry more than $1 billion. “We are actually still seeing some new losses reported from the June storm today,” said

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For insurance purposes, if it’s not managed as a strata, it’s still a strata: Tribunal

November 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

The owner of a strata lot in a duplex that was not managed as a strata — for example, there was no strata board of directors, annual board meetings, etc. – must nevertheless pay for her half of the strata

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Adjusters monitoring Ontario windstorm as a “potential” Cat event

November 16, 2020 by Jason Contant

Claims adjusters are watching to see if an overnight Ontario windstorm will meet the $25-million threshold of a natural catastrophe (NatCat). As of September, Canadian P&C companies had paid out $2.1 billion for insured NatCat events this year. For now,

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Westland brokerage moves in an easterly direction

November 13, 2020 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance’s mergers and acquisition strategy continues in an easterly direction from its roots in British Columbia. Just days after closing its first-ever brokerage acquisition in Ontario, Westland Insurance Group Ltd. announced its second acquisition in Manitoba. On Nov. 10,

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Today’s cat losses ‘unimaginable’ even 10 years ago: mutual CEO

November 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The increase in cat losses over the past 10 years alone is high on the radar for Canada’s mutual insurers and has the industry calling for measures to help adapt properties to severe weather. “We have seen weather and wildfire

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‘Surface water’ commercial coverage dispute could reach Supreme Court of Canada

November 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $429,000 commercial property coverage dispute involving overflow from a body of water could reach Canada’s top court. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Nov. 6 that the Co-operators wants to appeal Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre Ltd. v.

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Alberta farmers file what may be first class-action lawsuit over unpaid oil leases

November 11, 2020 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Two Alberta landowners have filed what a lawyer says could be the first class-action lawsuit against an energy company for not making its lease payments. “It’s a pretty clear contract,” said lawyer Matthew Farrell, who is representing Reinhold

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IBC talking to feds about future pandemic risk transfer

November 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is starting to look for a national approach to transferring pandemic risk, Ontario brokers have learned. “IBC is in the early stages of exploring what a pandemic risk transfer mechanism would look like with the

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Why further rate increases could be needed after 2021

October 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite double-digit price increases in several commercial lines, premiums will need to rise further, a Bermuda insurer CEO said Thursday. “More rate action is needed and likely it will take beyond 2021 in some lines to get to rate adequacy,”

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Sedgwick exec’s Top 4 reasons why condo claim severity is through the roof

October 30, 2020 by David Gambrill

As Canadians carry on their love affair with condos, the number of units being built — and the rapid pace of their construction — have indirectly contributed to the severity of condo insurers’ claims costs, says a senior P&C insurance

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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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This decision on a $5,000 deductible could motivate condo corporations to change their bylaws

October 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent decision by B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) may motivate strata (condo) corporations to adjust their bylaws so that they can charge insurance policy deductibles back to their strata unit owners. Based on the outcome of the CRT decision,