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ICBC says COVID-19 rebate cheques delayed after cyberattack on third party

March 18, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia says it’s temporarily delaying the delivery of COVID-19 rebate cheques due to a cyberattack on a third-party vendor contracted to provide printing and distribution services. ICBC says in a statement the vendor

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Are you offering insurance products that your clients want during the pandemic?

March 16, 2021 by Jason Contant

Seven in 10 consumers and small business owners want home protection and usage-based insurance policies for the current remote working environment, a recent survey from Ernst & Young found. “With consumers spending more time at home and online, new concerns

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Feds seek post-pandemic ideas to prepare for next major disaster

March 16, 2021 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal government is looking beyond COVID-19 to prepare for the next large-scale calamity – be it another pandemic, a tsunami or cyberattack. In a notice posted today, Defence Research and Development Canada seeks proposals for studies, technology

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How COVID changed claims adjusters

March 12, 2021 by Adam Malik

Although the claims adjusting profession has undergone a lot of change over the last decade, last year was unlike any other, CRU Group executive vice president Skip McHardy said during a recent web conference. In particular, COVID-19 highlighted the need

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Proposed class action filed in Saskatchewan over COVID-19 outbreaks in long term care

March 11, 2021 Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed in Saskatchewan against a long-term care operator alleging it lacked proper resources to handle COVID-19. Documents filed Thursday at Regina’s Court of Queen’s Bench say the novel coronavirus spread through different

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Going phishing with COVID as the lure: How many Canadians rose to the bait

March 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian cyber insurers take note: Canada ranked within the Top 20 countries for COVID-themed cyber threat detections last year, according to cybersecurity company Trend Micro. Globally, Trend Micro detected nearly 16.4-million cyber threats over the course of 2020, including malicious

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RBC CEO sees inflationary pressure building as economy bounces back

March 9, 2021 Anita Balakrishnan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Royal Bank of Canada chief executive David McKay said Tuesday he foresees inflationary pressure building in the economy as it rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic. With rising input prices for labour and commodities, it could create a challenge

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How to handle three made-in-COVID client situations

March 8, 2021 by Adam Malik

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a series of unique risk exposures for Canadian policyholders, and industry experts gave a crash course on how they would handle these newly common scenarios. Three made-in-COVID situations presented themselves to clients over the past

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By how much productivity for restoration firms dropped in the pandemic

March 6, 2021 by Adam Malik

The head of a claims restoration company says it’s reasonable to believe that productivity in his company and the industry as a whole has dropped by nearly 20% due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. That would be on par with

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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