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What the industry learned from the costliest catastrophe of 2018

February 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

The sheer volume of claims following the windstorm that swept through southern Ontario and Quebec last May led to critical service disruptions, after so many consumers called at once to report their claims to their insurers. “I’m not sure people

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Contractors know their role: Restoration contracting firms speak out

July 3, 2018 by Jason Contant

Controversy has swirled around the property and casualty industry’s response to Ontario’s May 4 windstorm, with restoration contracting firms speaking out to Canadian Underwriter recently to confirm the proper role of contractors during the catastrophe event. Restoration contracting firms made

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What the May 4 windstorm can teach the industry about catastrophe modelling

June 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

Rare events like the May 4 windstorm that primarily affected southern Ontario often cause the most damage, but are also the most difficult to generalize in catastrophe modelling predictions, according to a Canadian weather forecasting and research firm. “While the

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May windstorm largest insured event in Ontario in five years: CatIQ

June 1, 2018 by Jason Contant

The early May windstorm that struck Ontario and parts of Quebec topped $410 million, the costliest insured event since the 2013 Toronto floods, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) said Friday. The majority of the damage from the windstorm –

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Early April storm in Ontario, Quebec causes $85 million in insured damage

April 30, 2018 by Jason Contant

A windstorm in early April is estimated to have cost insurers more than $85 million, mostly from home insurance claims in Ontario, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). The April 4-5 storm brought severe rain and freezing rain,

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Tens of thousands without power in southern Ontario due to windstorm

April 4, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A powerful windstorm is sweeping through southern Ontario, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people and disrupting travel in the air and on the roads. Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the region, saying

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PERILS discloses extratropical cyclone Zeus’ third loss estimate at 284 million euros

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, has disclosed a third loss estimate of 284 million euros for extratropical cyclone Zeus, which affected France on March 6 and 7. The revised estimate of the property insurance

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Property market loss estimate for Europe’s Cyclone Egon reaches 275 million euros: PERILS

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The latest property insurance market loss estimate for extratropical cyclone Egon, which hit parts of France and Germany in mid-January, has increased to 275 million euros, Zurich-based PERILS reported on Wednesday. Representing the third of four estimates to be issued

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Red Deer cleaning up from windstorm after declaring state of emergency

June 22, 2017 The Canadian Press

RED DEER, Alta. – People in Red Deer were cleaning up Wednesday after a violent windstorm that knocked out power and prompted the central Alberta city to declare a local state of emergency. Homes were damaged Tuesday when wind gusts

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Combined ratio for Canadian insurance industry in Q1 2017 estimated at 101.3%, up from 94.7% in Q1 2016: Baker

May 24, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance industry in Canada saw a 6.6% hike in the combined operating ratio for the first quarter of 2017, from 94.7% in Q1 2016 to 101.3% in the first three months of this year, MSA Research Inc. president and

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Q1 combined ratio ex-MYA 101.6% for Desjardins General Insurance

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group reported Thursday an underwriting loss, excluding market yield adjustment, of $17.2 million during the three months ending March 31, while premiums dropped 11% from the same period of last year. Direct premiums written dropped from $1.04

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March windstorm in eastern Newfoundland caused close to $45 million in insured damage: CatIQ

April 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A windstorm in eastern Newfoundland on March 11 has resulted in nearly $45 in insured damages, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) explained in a press release on Wednesday that a low