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Insurers applaud Quebec’s tougher stance on distracted driving

February 21, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurers are pleased that Quebec is proposing new distracted driving rules, including stronger penalties as a deterrent, as part of a larger package of proposals to beef up the province’s Highway Safety Act. Insurance Bureau of

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How red tape is bringing telematics to a standstill

February 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Restrictions imposed on how insurers price usage-based insurance pricing (UBIP) are hampering innovation in the insurance industry, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) told Canadian Underwriter Monday. Canadian Underwriter asked IBC on Monday for examples of red tape that could

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Outdated laws disallow insurers from offering digital insurance solutions: IBC

February 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ontario’s Insurance Act and its regulations prevent insurers from doing business and communicating with their customers through digital or mobile platforms, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) noted on Monday. Canadian Underwriter asked IBC about some of the red tape

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Look for ICBC to ‘behave more like a private sector company’: IBC

February 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With its cap on minor injury awards announced Tuesday, British Columbia’s government monopoly auto insurer is moving towards a model used by other provinces that have private auto insurance systems, Insurance Bureau of Canada says. Awards for pain and suffering

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Insurers pushing for regulatory approval of electronic pink slips

February 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Insurers understand the need for electronic proof of auto insurance, but don’t yet have the ability to share this information electronically, Steve Kee, director of media and digital communications with the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), said in an interview

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Canada starting to build a “culture of climate resilience,” insurers say

January 24, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canada is starting to create a culture of climate resilience, particularly around overland flood risk, says the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), an association of Canada’s home, auto and business insurers. “We’re encouraged and fairly optimistic that the wheels are

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What if the Alaskan earthquake happened in Canada?

January 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

A recent earthquake off the coast of Alaska, which prompted a brief tsunami warning for British Columbia, resulted in no immediate reports of damage — but what if it did strike Canada’s westernmost province? A 2013 study by catastrophe modelling

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Was Atlantic winter storm 2018’s first cat event?

January 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

A winter storm that caused storm surges and extensive power outages in Atlantic Canada in early January may not have been a catastrophe event, but it was definitely significant, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) told Canadian Underwriter Monday. CatIQ

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Guess how much a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in eastern Canada could cost insurers?

January 15, 2018 Peter Rakobowchuk - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada.

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Why Canadian insurers paid $1.33 billion for cat claims in a benign cat year

January 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian insured losses from catastrophic events in 2017 totaled $1.33 billion, CatIQ Inc. reports, the fifth time that’s happened over the past seven years. “It’s becoming increasingly common to have Canadian annual insured losses to be greater than $1 billion,”

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Politicians at odds with industry over territorial rating

December 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Using postal codes to determine auto insurance rates could come to an end if the Progressive Conservatives win the next Ontario election. “Geographic discrimination should be eliminated while not raising rates on other parts of the province,” a spokesperson for

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New Brunswick moves to protect innocent co-insureds

December 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Brunswick tabled amendments to the province’s Insurance Act Wednesday to protect innocent co-insureds in cases of intimate partner violence and property damage. Most home insurance policies exclude payment for loss or damage caused by an intentional or criminal act