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How much did December’s ‘bomb cyclone’ cost Canadian insurers?

January 5, 2023 by Jason Contant

The ‘bomb cyclone’ that ripped through eastern Canada during the holiday season has been declared a catastrophe, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) confirmed to Canadian Underwriter Thursday. The winter storm brought heavy snowfall, strong winds and blizzard conditions to

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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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Here’s how much western Canada’s summer storms cost the industry

September 20, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Six summer storms across western Canada in July and August will cost the industry approximately $900 million in insured damages — meaning the industry is almost halfway to last year’s total insured damages of $2 billion from these events alone.

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Meet CatIQ’s new president and CEO

June 28, 2022 by Jason Contant

Laura Twidle will be the new president and CEO of Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), taking over from company founder and well-known insurance industry figure Joel Baker on July 1. Twidle has served as CatIQ’s managing director since 2019.

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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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The insured damage cost of December’s windstorm in eastern Canada

January 13, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The windstorm that swept across Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces between Dec. 11 and 14 caused more than $152 million in insured damage, according to estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).  The eastern Canada windstorm brought strong

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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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Can we blame climate change for B.C. ‘atmospheric river?’

December 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

We can’t say for sure that climate change has caused the heavy rainfall and severe floods and landslides currently affecting British Columbia, but global warming is making disasters like this more likely, a Swiss Re speaker suggested Thursday. “Warmer air

The roof of Mary Queen of Peace elementary school was torn off after Hurricane Larry crossed over Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula in the early morning hours, in St. John's, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
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Hurricane Larry will probably cost the industry this much

October 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers will probably pay out $25 million towards claims from Hurricane Larry. That is the initial estimate from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Wednesday in a press release. Hurricane Larry made landfall on

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Is it time for a public-private partnership for cyber risk?

October 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

There will be a point at which a cyber tail event will be too expensive for the insurance industry, as a whole, to cover, a speaker said Thursday during the CatIQ Connect virtual conference. “That’s where we are already starting

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Progress report: Canada-wide flood mapping is well underway

June 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A nationwide estimate of coastal, pluvial, and fluvial flood hazard is one part of the ongoing effort to come up with a national approach to insuring or re-locating homes at high risk of flood, a federal government official suggests. Flood

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Where Canada sits with national low-cost residential flood insurance 

June 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Six possible flood insurance models for homes at high risk of flood are about to go through an actuarial review, a federal government official suggests. The Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation is going to hand off those possible