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Controversy swirls around province’s plan for ridesharing insurance

July 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

B.C.’s provincial government will introduce legislation to enable ridesharing in the province by fall of 2019, prompting the industry’s private insurers to say they can provide ridesharing insurance faster and better than the province’s public insurer. B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation

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Ontario wildfires rage as B.C. wildfire season ramps up

July 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurers are monitoring about 75 wildfires in northern Ontario this that have resulted in mandatory evacuation orders or alerts in the cottage country districts of Parry Sound and Sudbury, among other areas. “Based on what we are seeing, there aren’t

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How much it cost the industry when baseball-sized hail hit western Canada

July 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

A severe storm that affected parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in mid-June resulted in more than $90 million in insured damage, according to data released by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Strong winds and large hail – in some

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Where Canadian drivers pay the most (and least) for auto insurance

July 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

When it comes to auto insurance premiums in Canada, drivers in British Columbia pay the most, followed by Ontario, data supplied by Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) revealed Wednesday. In B.C. last year, average annual auto premiums were $1,680. The

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Where premiums actually went down in Canada

July 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

Average premiums for personal auto in Atlantic Canada decreased for the second consecutive quarter, according to Applied Systems’ latest quarterly rating index. On the other side of the country, in British Columbia, average personal property premiums also decreased for the

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Government-backed home flood insurance coming to Canada?

June 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Federal government officials are pondering a flood insurance system similar to Britain’s two-year old Flood Re, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official suggested Thursday. Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale “asked IBC to lead a working that will deliver recommendations

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May windstorm largest insured event in Ontario in five years: CatIQ

June 1, 2018 by Jason Contant

The early May windstorm that struck Ontario and parts of Quebec topped $410 million, the costliest insured event since the 2013 Toronto floods, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) said Friday. The majority of the damage from the windstorm –

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Kinder Morgan begs the question: Is civil disobedience an insured risk?

May 27, 2018 by Jason Contant

With continued legal challenges and protests surrounding construction of the proposed new Kinder Morgan pipeline, potential insurance repercussions could be just around the corner. An Insights West opinion poll released last month found that more than one in 10 British

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About 10,000 homes were in N.B. flood areas, but damage still unclear

May 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s environment minister has given a new sense of scale to the province’s record-setting floods, saying as many as 10,000 homes and businesses were within flood zones. Andrew Harvey said Thursday that precise figures have yet to

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Province sees flurry of P&C insurance legislation

May 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

Quebec is seeing several proposed legislative changes that will – or could – impact property and casualty insurance in the province, the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) director of communications and public affairs told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. Pierre Babinsky was

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Two-year deadline for Fort McMurray insurance claims extended

May 17, 2018 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Deadlines have been extended for hundreds of insurance claims that remain unresolved more than two years after a wildfire dubbed “The Beast” tore through Fort McMurray and surrounding areas in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

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CatIQ releases updated toll of April ice storm damage

May 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

The mid-April ice storm in southern Ontario and Quebec cost insurers more than $190 million, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification (CatIQ) said Thursday. CatIQ has reported more than 15,000 insurance claims, including 1,800 car collisions, due to the storm. Strong winds,