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How to build environments that reduce staircase injuries

October 31, 2023 by By Dr. Andrew Huntley and Claire Miller, 30 Forensic Engineering

As research drives new ways to build staircases that can prevent slip-and-falls, Canada’s building codes should be updated accordingly to reflect the safer designs. The importance of code updates is illustrated by falls on stairs, which in Ontario alone led

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How Quebec’s language law may affect outside insurance providers

October 30, 2023 by Jason Contant

Quebec’s recently enacted language law is creating concerns that smaller insurance providers may consider pulling out of the province. Bill 96 (Law 14), An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, came into effect June 1. Under

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Why auto insurance concerns might hinder electric vehicle adoption

October 26, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

As governments gear up for a national push toward electric vehicles (EVs), Canadians are harbouring anxieties about their auto insurance policies.  Seventy eight per cent of Canadians are concerned about the cost of their insurance premiums on an electric vehicle,

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Where auto and home insurance rates are headed

October 24, 2023 by Jason Contant

Hard market conditions in personal lines across Canada are not slowing down in 2023 Q3, according to data from tech vendor Applied Systems. Auto and homeowner premiums are rising year-over-year in all provinces.  In 2023 Q3, personal auto premiums in

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P&C industry needs help fighting auto theft: IBC CEO

October 19, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Canada’s P&C insurance industry is doing its part to combat auto theft, but more support is needed from car manufacturers and governments to prevent this trend from worsening, Celyeste Power, president & CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC),

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New president for national brokers’ association

October 18, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Traci Boland is the new president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC). Boland is partner and manager at Ontario West Insurance Brokers and Bill Blaney Insurance Brokers. She holds more than over 20 years’ experience in the industry

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Canadian municipalities looking to become ‘spongier’ to build climate resilience  

October 10, 2023 by Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – From green roofs in Toronto to Vancouver’s rain city strategy, Canadian cities are looking to become “sponges” in order to help mitigate some of the effects of extreme rainfall events.   In Montreal, Mayor Valerie Plante announced last week

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What insurers pay to repair EVs

September 11, 2023 by David Gambrill

Although electric vehicles in Canada cost an average of $1,328 more to repair than vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE), EVs are less likely to be written off as a total loss, says a Mitchell report. The cost of the

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Brokerage merger to form Top 10 P&C firm

September 11, 2023 by Jason Contant

Quebec brokerages Fort Assurances and Gaudreau Assurances have merged to form what the two companies call one of the Top 10 damage insurance firms in the province. The new entity, which will operate under the name Fort Insurance & Group

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Auto theft’s impact on your clients’ premiums

August 29, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Premiums for commonly stolen vehicles have increased between 25% and 50% over the last two years, according to data from RatesDotCa.  Insurers are bumping up rates after the Canadian P&C insurance industry paid out a record $1 billion for auto

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Grapes of wrath: How the wildfires could burn your winery clients

August 25, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

As wildfires rage across Canada, wineries might struggle to keep smoke from tainting their crops.  Such was the case for wineries operating in and around southern Oregon in 2020, said Heidi Moore, insurance agent for U.S-based Country Financial and host

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Thunderstorms now a primary concern for insurers

August 10, 2023 by David Gambrill

Damage from secondary perils such as thunderstorms in the first half of 2023 is of primary concern to reinsurers. A series of widespread thunderstorms hitting the U.S. accounted for 68% of global insured natural catastrophe losses in the first half