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Restoration firm suing DKI Canada over termination of agreement

May 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Restoration firm DKI Canada Ltd. is being sued in British Columbia by Coquitlam-based Canstar Restorations Limited Partnership, a former member of the DKI network. Allegations in the lawsuit have not been proven in court. Until 2020, Canstar was operating multiple

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What’s needed to alleviate municipal insurance pressure

May 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

Municipal insurance rates have been rising significantly and the only way to bring them down isn’t only in the hands of the insurance industry, according to a brokerage leader. It’ll take a team effort from multiple parties. Canadian municipalities have

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Why your clients could expect price reductions in home insurance

May 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If insurers can achieve combined ratios of less than 80% in personal property, homeowners should expect to see lower prices and possibly even rebates, the CEO of LowestRates.ca suggests. “For consumers, if insurance companies are making money, then it means

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Municipal insurers heading for the exits, broker exec reports

May 11, 2021 by Adam Malik

A decade of sliding down a slippery financial slope has prompted insurers to run for the exits in the municipal insurance line of business. A number of companies have exited the market, with more possibly to follow, leaving brokers with

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Where MGAs could find new capital as Lloyd’s limits capacity

May 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

With some commercial coverages becoming harder to place in the hard market, reinsurers are looking to distribute through managing general agents, Virtual Symposium B.C. attendees heard Thursday. “I had two meetings today with two separate reinsurers who are very interested

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Flames rip through Alberta retirement complex

May 7, 2021 by The Canadian Press

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex northwest of Edmonton. Officials say three residents suffered smoke inhalation but no one has died. Flames broke out at Citadel Mews West Continuing Care Facility in St. Albert

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Former RSA exec Ince joins major Canadian P&C mutual

May 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

After a 25-year stint at RSA Canada, Donna Ince has joined Economical Insurance as vice president, personal insurance, regional operations. Ince joined Economical Monday, a spokesperson for Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Ince worked at RSA Canada until

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How commercial premium renewal rates are trending in Canada

April 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian commercial line renewal rates increased at a slower pace across all major lines in Q1 2021 compared to one year ago, according to the latest commercial premium rate index from tech vendor Applied Systems. Overall, the magnitude of rate

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Why IBAC foresees a national flood insurance program

April 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The recently-released federal budget gives brokers reason to be optimistic that Canada will eventually have a national flood insurance program for homeowners, the head of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada suggests. “The commitment from the federal government is clear

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Ontario nursing homes badly prepared for COVID-19 pandemic, auditor general says

April 28, 2021 by Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario’s nursing homes were woefully unprepared for the onslaught of COVID-19 – the culmination of years of neglect and failure to address known problems, the province’s auditor general said on Wednesday. In a special report, Bonnie Lysyk took

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What courts say about vacancy exclusion when elderly homeowner client moves to a care home

April 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An elderly homeowner’s health takes a turn for the worse, necessitating a move into a care home. The client still owns her original home, which suffers water damage. The insurer denies the claim on the grounds that the property is

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Insurers seek federal grants for homeowners to improve basement flood protection

April 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The industry is pushing to make federal grants available for Canadian homeowners to reduce basement flood risk. In the fall of 2020, the federal government announced its Greener Homes initiative. When the program rolls out, the plan is to provide