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P&C leaders fire back against no-fault portrayal

July 7, 2020 by Adam Malik

Broker and insurer leaders in Alberta are speaking out against those who would paint the insurance industry as nefarious actors looking to line their pockets at the expense of auto policyholders. In particular, they dispute what they feel are negative

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How much insurers paid out for Fort Mac’s spring flood

June 2, 2020 by Adam Malik

Insurers paid out more $228 million in insured damage for spring flooding in Fort McMurray, Alta., that occurred a little over a month ago. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) released the numbers this week, noting that commercial properties took

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The impact of dire unemployment on P&C

April 15, 2020 by Adam Malik

George Hodgson was blunt in his observation of what would happen if fears of a 25% unemployment rate come true in his province. “It’ll be horrendous,” the CEO of the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta told Canadian Underwriter of the

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Canada’s P&C carriers respond to calls for major premium relief

April 8, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s property and casualty insurance companies have answered the call from brokers and customers for stepped-up relief measures to help cope with the financial impact of COVID-19. “It’s a very unusual set of circumstances, but in spite of that I

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Why it matters that insurance is declared to be an “essential service”

March 24, 2020 by Adam Malik

The insurance industry will continue to operate as an essential service after Quebec and Ontario issued orders for many companies to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And that’s a relief for consumers, brokers and insurers, say industry

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What IBC and brokers think would improve condo insurance affordability in B.C.

March 2, 2020 by Jason Contant

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has issued a series of policy recommendations to help improve the affordability of strata insurance in British Columbia, some of which touch upon suggestions made by the province’s broker association. IBC’s recommendations include: Mandatory education

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How IBC plans to keep insurance “affordable and available” across Canada

February 18, 2020 by Jason Contant

Following years of significant commercial insurance losses, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has launched a national task force to examine ways to help Canadian consumers mitigate risk and manage costs. The National Commercial Insurance Task Force will bring together insurers,

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Industry to see single entity for anti-fraud services

February 6, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s national trade organization for private insurers has combined forces with a not-for profit organization to transition anti-fraud services into a single entity. Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) board of directors said in a press release Monday it has agreed

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How to reduce a condo corporation’s insurance premiums

January 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

With condo insurance premiums on the rise – in some jurisdictions, premiums have reportedly increased by 780% — and coverage scarce, legal counsel and Canadian Underwriter readers have a few ideas for the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s forthcoming risk manager

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This auto rating factor could give brokers a headache

September 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s auto insurer has one rating factor that makes sense from an underwriting point of view, but could be onerous for brokers, an insurance defence lawyer suggests. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia requires motorists in the province to

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$30-billion sticker shock for OSFI’s proposed reinsurance rules

September 24, 2019 by David Gambrill

Canada’s property and casualty industry would have to post an additional $21 billion to $30 billion in capital to insure Canadian risks if the country’s solvency regulator moves forward with proposed new rules as currently drafted, the industry warns. On

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What the industry can do to get out of the hard market cycle

August 30, 2019 by Adam Malik

Although regulation is one significant factor in the current hardening market conditions, that doesn’t mean the insurance industry should cry “woe is me” and wait for things to get better on their own. Instead, a pro-active approach is needed, experts