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Can Canada’s P&C industry catch up to NatCats?

December 14, 2023 Philip Porado

In much of Nova Scotia, last summer was hell. The Tantallon wildfire in May and June generated $165 million in insured damage, mostly for personal property, by the time the flames went out July 4. In a normal year, residents

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Update on Yellowknife wildfire

August 21, 2023 The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T – Firefighters battling a wildfire near the capital of the Northwest Territories shifted from defence to offence Monday after a weekend of cooler temperatures, favourable winds and some rain. “We’re in a position to move to direct attack

Rocket represents rising reinsurance premiums
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What’s the future for Canada’s reinsurance rates?

August 2, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

New risks emerging in Canada are leading reinsurers to increase premiums, industry experts have told Canadian Underwriter. Although U.S. damage losses last year far outweighed Canada’s, contributing significantly to escalating reinsurance prices, insured NatCat damage in Canada in 2022 was

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How Canada’s insured cat losses stack up globally

January 25, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Severe weather made 2022 the third costliest year on record for Canadian insurers, and the fifth costliest year globally, said a report this week from Aon.  These events point to a severe gap in insurance protection in some parts of

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Fiona officially the costliest extreme weather event in Atlantic Canada

October 19, 2022 by Jason Contant

Hurricane Fiona is the costliest extreme weather event ever recorded in Atlantic Canada, at $660 million in insured damage, according to preliminary estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). The long-lived and powerful storm on Sept. 24 is also

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The good and bad news for reinsurers

August 31, 2022 by Jason Contant

The global reinsurance industry appears to be in a “state of equilibrium,” with positive and negative factors countering each other, according to a new report from AM Best. Despite lingering economic and operational challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, AM

Damage following the Barrie tornado in July 2021
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The cheaper we build our buildings, the more they cost after an earthquake, wildfire or tornado

June 17, 2022 Keith Porter

By Keith Porter, adjunct research professor, civil and environmental engineering, Western University This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original

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Cat trends: How 2021 deviated from the norm

February 22, 2022 by Jason Contant

Last year saw a shift from “normal” catastrophic losses by quarter and even geographical location, data from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) show. Both the third and fourth quarters of 2021 had “well above average” average catastrophes in terms

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What Intact paid for Cats last quarter

January 12, 2022 by Jason Contant

Intact paid out an estimated $186 million for catastrophe losses in 2021 Q4, the company reported. “Approximately 55% of the catastrophe losses were in our Canada segment, with half in personal property,” IFC says in a press release. “This mostly

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Canadian insured Cat losses exceed $2 billion — again

January 11, 2022 by Jason Contant

Canadian insured losses topped $2 billion for the second year in a row, according to estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). “2021 saw much discussion of a ‘new normal’ for Canadians, but when it comes to insured losses,

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Why the hard market could be unsustainable

September 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Canadian industry’s combined ratio, at 81% so far in 2021, is at a historic low but this is mainly due to a 23% drop in claims and adjustment expenses, from $20.26 billion in the first six months of 2020,

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How to bring the risk of catastrophic events home to your clients

April 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry needs to ramp up its public education efforts to bring the risk of catastrophic events home to the Canadian population, speakers said Thursday during the virtual CIP Society Symposium 2021. “I don’t like to