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Insurers applaud provincial decision to remove retail sales tax on insurance premiums

March 27, 2018 by Jason Contant

Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision to remove 5% of the retail sales tax paid on auto insurance premiums over the next four years will help return stability to the market, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said Tuesday. Tom O’Handley, manager

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Combined ratio, net loss for Economical Insurance up in 2017 Q3 over 2016 Q3

November 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The impact of strategic investments by Economical Insurance contributed to the insurer witnessing a combined ratio of 116.2% and an almost doubling of net loss in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. The combined ratio for the third quarter of

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Echelon Insurance reports near halving of net income in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The B.C. wildfires and losses related to commercial auto and motorcycle contributed to Echelon Insurance witnessing a 42% decrease in net income and an increase in combined operating ratio for 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. Net income amounted to

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Travelers reports lower net, core income in 2017 Q3 than in 2016 Q3

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A US$700 million pre-tax hit for catastrophe losses in 2017 Q3 contributed to Travelers Companies, Inc. seeing both its net income and core income drop compared to the prior-year quarter. The U.S. insurer’s net income amounted to US$293 million for

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New software could make it easier to “adopt and trust” AI systems that set insurance premiums

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New software developed at the University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) in Ontario could make it easier to adopt and trust powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems that set insurance premiums, generate stock market predictions and assess who qualifies for mortgages, the university

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Global cyber premiums to increase six- to eightfold within a decade: Fitch

September 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global cyber premium volume is set to increase six- to eightfold within a decade, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. Released on Wednesday, the report Cyber Insurance – Risks and Opportunities (Global Non-Life Insurer Underwriting Exposures Examined) found

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Standard would help enhance flood resilience of new communities: report

September 26, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Research out of the University of Waterloo recommends a Canadian standard for new flood-resilient residential communities, one that employs almost two dozen best practices, be developed to bolster protection and reduce water-related losses. Requiring that new homes not be built

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Saskatchewan Party leadership candidate proposes rolling back PST on insurance products

August 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Jeremy Harrison, a candidate for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party and MLA for Meadow Lake, said on Tuesday that he would roll back the charging of provincial sales tax (PST) to insurance products as announced recently as part of

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Making ICBC a co-op one option for B.C., competition must be part of any option selected: taxpayers federation

August 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has options at its disposal to address auto insurance problems in the province – ranging from leaving the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) to shuttering the insurer – but all should include reintroduction of competition, concludes a new report commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). CTF argues that “fast and furious changes” are needed in light of the “looming 30% hike to car insurance,” a figure noted in an Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) report made public last month. Among its many observations, the…

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Collaboration leads to milestone achievement to define data exchange standards between companies, brokers

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The long-standing objective of standardized real-time data exchange between insurance brokers and companies has taken a big step forward with Tuesday’s announcement that initial testing of the process has been successfully completed. A team of players in Canada’s p&c insurance

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Allstate Canada expands UBI program Drivewise into Nova Scotia after “great success” in Alberta and Ontario

August 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Allstate Insurance Company of Canada announced on Monday that it is expanding its usage-based insurance (UBI) program Drivewise in Nova Scotia “after experiencing great success in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario.” Drivewise rewards those who exhibit safe driving

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More vehicle crashes, increased injury payouts and higher vehicle repair costs contributing to proposed rate hike: ICBC

August 15, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

A greater number of vehicle crashes, increased injury costs and higher vehicle repair costs are all contributing to the increase in proposed insurance rates for drivers in British Columbia, the province’s Crown corporation responsible for auto insurance said on Monday.