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B.C. eases requirements, extends deadline for small business recovery grants

March 5, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has eased the eligibility requirements and extended the deadline for small and medium-sized businesses applying for funds under its $345-million pandemic recovery grant program.   Businesses with up to 149 employees must now show a 30

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Health Canada says vaccine boosters will be approved more easily

March 4, 2021 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Health Canada says it won’t require new clinical trial data from vaccine makers on booster shots being developed to target new variants of COVID-19. Instead, the regulator will rely more heavily on lab tests on blood samples, which

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February auto sales down 10% from year ago due to lockdowns and supply chain disruptions

March 3, 2021 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Canadian auto sales in February were down nearly 10 per cent compared with February 2020, the last full month before the lockdowns began due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to estimates compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants auto sales

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Lessons learned from ‘the toughest Cat season’

March 2, 2021 by Adam Malik

The COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult at times for insurers to work through natural catastrophes, said a Wawanesa executive during a recent web conference. But they’ve learned a few lessons because of it. As Cats stormed through Alberta to the

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Public auto insurer to issue pandemic rebate cheques

February 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the latest public auto insurer to announce customer rebates for drivers resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced rebates in January and

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How a shrinking office footprint can grow your company

February 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

You can grow your business by shrinking the office footprint, as long as you do it correctly, the CEO of Travelers Canada says. Several P&C insurance company executives are openly discussing how much office space they might actually need once

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Would your client actually buy a pandemic risk product?

February 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Even if insurance products were available for pandemic risk specifically, several businesses say they wouldn’t anticipate becoming more dependent on risk financing or insurance as a result, according to the results of a global survey from Aon. Few companies have

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Workplace Vaccination: Should you force your staff to vaccinate?

February 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

Enforcing a vaccination policy on staff is fraught with challenges, a brokerage expert warned. It’s a hot-button issue in the industry, according to the results of a recent online survey of more than 1,150 P&C insurance professionals conducted by Canadian

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Workplace Vaccination: A gateway to workplace wellness discussions

February 24, 2021 by Adam Malik

Discussions about workers’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic have opened the door to broader discussions about workplace health and benefits, one brokerage executive has noticed. If employers want their staff healthy and working productively, they need to make sure staff

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The future of auto claims if everyone keeps working from home

February 23, 2021 by David Gambrill

Auto insurers will be watching very carefully to see how future working-from-home arrangements will affect downtown traffic patterns — and hence, auto insurance claims — during the post-pandemic era, says an RSA Canada claims executive. Government lockdowns to avoid the

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Workplace Vaccination: Follow the leader

February 23, 2021 by Adam Malik

If senior leadership wants employees to follow their guidance on getting vaccinated, they need to set the right example, experts advise. Leaders need to be seen promoting their vaccination programs, says Gigi Acevedo-Parker, a registered nurse and Hub International’s clinical

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Canadian banks, bellwethers of pandemic recovery, to reveal key statistics this week

February 23, 2021 Anita Balakrishnan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks will report their quarterly financial results this week, and analysts say they will be listening for hints as to how bank executives view the economic recovery from COVID-19. John Aiken, head of research (Canada) at