In releasing public data ratings on 44 Canadian p&c companies, eight faced downgrades, while only two saw their ratings go up, states New Jersey-based A.M. Best. Public data ratings are based on more limited information than interactive ratings, but does take into account publicly available data on operating performance and balance-sheet strength. It also uses comparisons with peer companies and analysis of markets in which the company operates. Facing ratings downgrades are: Algoma Mutual Insurance Company (B-) CAA Insurance Company, Ontario (B) CUMIS General Insurance Company (C++) Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Company (C++) Peace Hills General Insurance Company (C++) BCAA Insurance Corporation (B-) Maritime Insurance Company Limited, Canadian Branch (B) West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance Company (B) The two upgraded companies are Security National Insurance Company (B++) and Antigonish Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance (B++). As well, initial ratings were assigned to Clare Mutual Insurance Company (B-) and Saskatchewan Motor Club Insurance Company Limited (B+). The full listing, including companies whose ratings were affirmed, is at www.ambest.ca.