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$5.3 billion to be re-invested in Alberta economy over three years to rebuild Fort McMurray: Conference Board of Canada report

November 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

About $5.3 billion will be re-invested in Alberta’s economy over the next three years to rebuild Fort McMurray following the massive wildfire in May, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report on the economic impacts of Canada’s most costliest natural

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IBC applauds Ontario government’s decision to move forward with creation of new financial services regulator

November 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is applauding the Ontario government’s decision to move forward with the creation of a new financial services regulator. On Monday, the government of Ontario announced in its 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review

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Impact of June Ontario auto changes ‘will be something to see going forward:’ A.M. Best

November 13, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

It is too early to gauge the exact financial impact, on insurers, of Ontario auto changes that took effect this past June, and in the meantime, the mandated 15% rate reduction announced three years ago is still affecting loss ratios,

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Canadian insurers covering Fort McMurray property ‘learned a lot’ from 2011 Slave Lake wildfire: A.M. Best’s Silverthorn

November 10, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The insured loss from the wildfire in May in Fort McMurray, Alta. will be “somewhere between” $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion, with European reinsurers covering nearly half of the loss, analysts from A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested Thursday. “The reinsurers

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IBC commends federal government’s focus on infrastructure and flood mitigation in 2016 fall economic statement

November 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is applauding the Government of Canada’s focus on infrastructure investments and flood mitigation in its recently released Fall Economic Statement 2016. In the statement, released on Tuesday, the federal government proposed $21.9 billion over

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Windsor floods spur insured damage of almost $108 million to date: IBC

November 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Flooding affecting the Windsor and Tecumseh areas in southwestern Ontario is estimated to have caused almost $108 million in insured damage as of Sept. 30, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), citing figures from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc., reported Wednesday.

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Organizations must focus more on people, not just technology, to combat privacy breaches: lawyer

October 26, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The people component of privacy breaches is critically important, demanding greater focus going forward in light of an environment where both related individual and class actions are on the rise, Patrick Hawkins, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP suggested

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Insurance industry moving too slowly, must keep pace: Forgeron

October 25, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Canada’s property and casualty industry – in need of a regulatory environment that fosters the innovation and responsiveness consumers are demanding – is at risk of losing pace to new competitors, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of

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Moose Jaw, Sask. storm in July results in more than $71 million in insured damage, CatIQ reports

October 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A severe storm that swept through Moose Jaw, Sask. during the third week of July has resulted in more than $71 million in insured damage, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), which delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information

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More fairness in Ontario auto insurance needed to fix the system: IBC’s Forgeron

October 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Fairness is still lacking in Ontario’s auto insurance system and a balance needs to be struck between both lower premiums and the right level of benefits, Don Forgeron, president and chief executive officer of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), said

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Great British Columbia ShakeOut attracts record number of registrants

October 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is clearly gaining more traction, with a record 800,000 British Columbians registering for today’s “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill, joining almost 41.5 million others around the world. “This year, we saw the largest number

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IBC invites Quebecers to try out earthquake simulator

October 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

As part of an earthquake preparedness campaign, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is touring Quebec and will be inviting residents of participating cities to experience a unique sensation inside the ‘Quake Cottage,’ a mobile earthquake simulator. Starting Oct. 6,