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Ontario budget highlights property flood risk

March 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are applauding the Ontario government for its commitment to improve flood mapping and to provide more money for municipal water infrastructure, measures that the industry hopes will reduce the risk of water damage to insured properties. In a press

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What’s behind reduced auto risk sharing pool usage

March 11, 2021 by Adam Malik

The use of risk sharing pools for private passenger auto insurance in Ontario and Alberta dropped last year, according to Facility Association. And when it came to the overall usage of risk sharing pools across the country, there was a

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The good news and bad news about Ontario auto

September 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance rates were 3.7% lower in the second quarter of 2020, than in the same period in 2019, but were still higher than in the three months ending March 30, 2020, data released Tuesday by LowestRates.ca suggests. “COVID

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Forest fire continues to grow near town in northwestern Ontario

August 12, 2020 The Canadian Press

RED LAKE, Ont. – Residents of Red Lake, Ont., continue to flee the community as a nearby wildfire continues to grow. A spokesman for provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General says aircraft are available to help with evacuations, and about

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New boiler inspection rules coming to Ontario agriculture

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An exemption from inspection rules for boilers and pressure vessels in Ontario’s agricultural sector is coming to an end. Starting next year, boilers and pressure vessels will have to get a certificate of inspection from the province’s Technical Standards and

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to

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Briefing Note: Ontario

July 6, 2020 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Auto reform has been the province’s biggest concern over the past year, says Colin Simpson, CEO of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario. “Inflation on physical damage has been reported to be about 6% to 7% a year,” he says.

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How long it’s taking now to approve Ontario auto rate filings

June 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The average Ontario auto insurance filing now takes less than two weeks to get approved, the provincial regulator told Canadian Underwriter. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority announced this past October a “file and use” system for private passenger auto. For

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Environment Canada says tornadoes destroy barns, down trees in southern Ontario

June 11, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GLENCOE, Ont. – Environment Canada says it’s investigating after two tornadoes were reported near London, Ont., Wednesday night. The weather agency says the first happened at 7:50 p.m. in Glencoe, Ont., while the second happened 40 minutes later in Belmont,

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Why Ontario auto liability coverage should get cheaper

June 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurers may have a hard time raising rates as much as they were before May 15; a major factor could be a controversial change to the dispute resolution process that took effect four years ago. New loss trend

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Why it’s nearly impossible to figure out how profitable Ontario auto is

March 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your Ontario auto clients have probably read media reports claiming they have been “over-paying” for years, but at the same time your markets are probably telling you they either lose money or barely break even on the product. So how

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Ontario unveils new flooding strategy, but minister mum on funding

March 9, 2020 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s new flooding strategy is focusing on increasing public awareness and preparedness, but it’s not clear if it will come with any new funding. Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski announced in Minden, Ont., that the strategy builds on the recommendations