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Cross-currents

June 11, 2019 Jason Contant, Online Editor

With overland water damage claims rolling in from major floods across the country, the question still arises: are clients covered?

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How brokers personally assist during floods

May 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

The flooding last year in Grand Forks, B.C. was a prime example of how an insurance broker provides more than just policy advice and advocacy when disaster strikes. A broker could provide money upfront for additional living expenses, emotional support

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Is the industry taking a consistent approach to overland flood coverage?

April 23, 2019 by Jason Contant

Are carriers taking a consistent approach to covering overland flood? The flood waters sweeping across New Brunswick and Quebec have brought the issue to the forefront. In general, overland flood was not covered in Canada until 2015; only sewer backup

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The ‘touchy topic’ in Canadian home insurance

September 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Lack of flood coverage in high-risk areas raises the controversial question of whether owners of high-risk properties should have their insurance premiums subsidized. Overland flood coverage was generally unavailable on home insurance policies in Canada until 2015. Now dozens of

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Where Canada sits with overland flood insurance

June 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Five years after massive flooding caused more than $4 billion in uninsured losses in Alberta, more than a dozen insurers representing about three-fourths of Canada’s property insurance market are now covering overland flood. Sixteen insurers representing 77% of the market

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How new overland flood policies affect disaster assistance eligibility

May 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

Given recent flooding in Grand Forks and other areas of B.C., questions remain about the interplay between overland flood policies and how Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) in B.C. factors into the response. Various insurance coverages for overland flood are new,

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Report to government suggests hot opportunity for brokers right now

May 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers in British Columbia looking to place overland flood cover should review a recent study that found polled respondents did not have access to overland flood insurance, did not know about it, or found it unaffordable. Even more alarming, most

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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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Frustrated brokers ready to drop carriers over flood confusion

November 24, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Swirling in the eddies of confusion about overland coverage, frustrated Canadian brokers are threatening to drop carriers and are worried about errors and omission (E&O) claims related to overland flood insurance. Canada-wide, there is a “host of wordings out there”

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Buyer Beware

October 30, 2017 Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Insurers have expertise in flood risk and have access to specific property information, but municipalities, with access to infrastructure data, are in a much better position to advise owners on how to assess their land for flood risk.

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Quality of construction workmanship a major factor in water losses: RSA Canada CEO

October 27, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Aging infrastructure and deteriorating construction standards are among the “major factors” leading to the challenges Canadian property insurers face when dealing with water losses, brokers heard Thursday during the CEO Panel at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario convention. “The

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Windsor residents ‘disappointed’ with Ontario government response after August flooding: NDP

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Policy makers “need to look more closely” at government programs intended to help people recover from natural disasters, and these programs “may evolve” in the coming years, Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro said Thursday. During question period at Queen’s