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Intact Financial Corporation announces $105 million Cat loss for 2017 Q2

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation’s (IFC) estimated catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, for 2017 Q2 is about $105 million on a pre-tax basis, reports Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty. On an after-tax basis, the estimated loss amounts to $77 million

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MSA calls for ‘sustainable solution for underinsurance’ in overland flood

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A potential solution to overland flood risk in Canada “could follow” the model of Britain’s Flood Re, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released Monday to Canadian Underwriter. Toronto-based MSA released its Quarterly Outlook Report for Q1 2017. In

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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Canadians “greatly overestimate” their financial literacy skills, including those related to auto insurance: survey

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than two-thirds (67%) of polled Canadians responded incorrectly when asked if an expensive car always costs more to insure that a cheaper car, according to a new survey on Canadians’ financial literacy. Commissioned by Toronto-based LowestRates.ca, which provides a

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Quebec homeowners face potential post-flooding woes: mosquitoes, critters, parasites

June 12, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come. For now, heavy water accumulation has created standing pools of water

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May storms in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes caused hundreds of millions in damage and damaged more than 5,200 homes: Aon Benfield

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Several low pressure systems that brought heavy rainfall to portions of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes last month caused “hundreds of millions” in U.S. dollars and damaged more than 5,200 homes, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap for

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Economical Insurance simplifies its business with changes to legal entities

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance announced on Tuesday that it is “migrating to a simpler legal entity structure while continuing to offer a wide range of products and excellent service to broker partners and customers” as it continues its journey to become a

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Cat claims out West create stress for home insurers, proactive communications can bolster customer satisfaction: J.D. Power

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A spike in major claims resulting in record losses from catastrophic disasters across Canada over the last few years has created significant challenges for insurance carriers in 2017, a situation that has had an impact on customer satisfaction with the

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The Co-operators announces acquisition of Assurance Auclair in Quebec

June 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Co-operators General Insurance Company is looking to further enhance its distribution system in Quebec with the acquisition of Assurance Auclair. The portfolio of the brokerage in Quebec City includes personal and commercial insurance policies, notes a statement Monday from

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Intact Insurance launches my Driving Discount program in Alberta

June 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Good drivers in Alberta will now have access to an Intact Insurance driving discount program that allows them to save as much as 25% on their auto insurance premiums. The my Driving Discount program uses driving data collected by a

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Source of leaks causing home water damage ‘can go undetected for years,’ warns Allstate

May 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Burst water pipes are a frequent cause of large claims in Quebec, Allstate Insurance Company of Canada suggested Monday. In a press release, Allstate shared some findings from the Allstate Insurance Safe Homeowners Study. In the study of household incident

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Most Airbnb hosts not registered in Quebec, one year after law took effect

May 29, 2017 Aleksandra Sagan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The majority of Quebecers who list their properties on Airbnb and other home rental websites are not registering with the province, just over a year since it implemented a law regulating them, new data suggests. The province’s Tourism Department says