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Governments looking at further restrictions on people and businesses

April 2, 2020 by Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – An already grim economic and employment toll looked set to worsen Thursday as authorities pondered further tightening restrictions on people and businesses aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said too many…

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Returning to profitability

April 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Stéphane Lespérance, president of commercial risk and health solutions at Aon Canada, gives his take on recent trends in pricing, cyber coverage and the use of artificial intelligence. cu | Is commercial insurance in a hard market? I would call…

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Educating yourself about flood coverage while cooped up at home

April 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Looking for a free course that will give you continuing education credits without having to leave your house? The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation recently launched a 1.5-hour online home flood risk course for brokers anywhere in Canada. “It helps…

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Why insurers can expect to see a surge in demand for pandemic BI coverage

April 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your commercial clients could start asking for business interruption insurance that includes pandemic, if they have not already, a human resources lawyer says. “I think after this pandemic, most companies would probably be well-advised to take a look at their…

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How Canada’s P&C industry will weather the economic storm from COVID-19

April 1, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s P&C insurance industry will likely not experience significant underwriting losses overall, but financial volatility due to COVID-19 will affect investment portfolios in the short-term, global credit ratings firm DBRS Morningstar said in a new report. “We consider the coronavirus…

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Intact’s take on how COVID-19 could extend the hard market

April 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Pricing relief offered to Canadians who are currently absorbing a financial hit from the pandemic could ultimately have the boomerang effect of prolonging the hard market, Intact’s chief executive suggests. “It is clear to me that this corrective action [on…

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Employers will have to show they prepared workers to avoid breaches, lawyer says

April 1, 2020 by David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Amid the mass transition to remote working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most employers are likely focused on operational issues in order to get their employees up and running in their new home offices. However, in…

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The huge price tag of U.S. political interference with COVID-19 BI exclusions

March 31, 2020 by David Gambrill

Politicians in New Jersey, Ohio and Massachusetts have all drawn up proposed legislation that would force U.S. property and casualty insurers to pay for some business interruption claims for COVID-19 retroactively. The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) says the…

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How to help commercial clients during mandatory business shutdowns

March 31, 2020 by Jason Contant

As non-essential businesses shutter across Ontario, your commercial business clients can take a few common sense preventative measures to help ensure their insurance coverage remains in place and facilities are maintained. To further contain the spread of COVID-19, Ontario Premier…

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How Trudeau’s wage subsidy package will affect brokers and their clients

March 31, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokers will likely see their incomes “relatively stable” during the COVID-19 crisis, at least for the time being, said the head of Ontario’s brokers association. “Generally, I think brokerages – if they have a spread of clients, which most of…

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The pricing relief Intact plans for commercial clients

March 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by dropping commercial premiums, in some cases, if it finds the client’s risk has gone down. “We are adjusting risk profiles for customers where it might lead to premium relief,” Intact…

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Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

March 31, 2020 by Dee-Ann Durbin - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years. Marriott said Tuesday approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have…