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IBC praises new towing guidelines in Ontario

February 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is applauding the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on its new towing services guidelines aimed at providing clear direction to tow operators. “These guidelines are another tool to help protect drivers and ensure that at the…

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Telematics surcharges arrive for Ontario auto

February 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario motorists who choose usage-based insurance could now be hit with surcharges if telematics data shows they have risky driving behaviour. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) removed its UBI Guidance this past November, a FRSA spokesperson told Canadian Underwriter…

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Ontario long-term care home with outbreak of COVID-19 variant faces lawsuit

February 5, 2021 by Nicole Thompson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A central Ontario long-term care home devastated by an outbreak of a highly contagious variant of COVID-19 is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit from residents’ families who allege their loved ones were neglected by those charged with keeping them safe.…

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2020 NatCats underscore need for insurers to collaborate with public sector: Aon exec

February 4, 2021 by David Gambrill

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic may not have affected insurers’ balance sheets in the same way that weather-related disasters did in 2020, but the industry is now much more aware of the impact of multiple catastrophe scenarios unfolding at once, an…

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Something new to tell drivers to help stop distracted driving

February 4, 2021 by Adam Malik

Messaging around distracted driving hasn’t worked, so it’s time to come up with a new strategy to reduce driving risk, a panellist on a recent webinar suggested. Instead of saying how bad it is to be distracted, insurers and governments…

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Deal Tracker: The latest in brokerage M&A

February 4, 2021 by Jason Contant

The number of mergers and acquisitions in the Canadian P&C insurance space (mostly involving brokerages) has hit double digits already this year, with two large brokerages contributing to the latest round of deal-making. Hub International announced Tuesday that it had…

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How much Chubb predicts COVID could cost the industry

February 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

COVID-19 could ultimately cost the global property and casualty insurance industry somewhere in the neighbourhood of US$75 billion in claims, Chubb Limited CEO Evan Greenberg suggested Wednesday. Zurich, Switzerland-based Chubb released its financial results for 2020 on Tuesday. During a…

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Two Toronto-area seniors homes limit visits over COVID-19 variant risk

February 4, 2021 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Two Toronto-area retirement homes imposed restrictions on visitors coming from an Ontario region at the centre of a more potent COVID-19 outbreak over the weekend as officials in another district said the more contagious U.K. virus variant had surfaced there…

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Joseph El-Sayegh joins Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau

February 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

The former president and CEO of reinsurer SCOR Canada, Joseph El-Sayegh, has joined Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau (LDP). LDP announced El-Sayegh’s appointment as regional vice president, commercial services and practice leader in risk management, effective Jan. 11. Among other…

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How to avoid turning the mishandling of a claim into a six-figure bad faith award

February 3, 2021 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba court decision ordering the province’s public auto insurer to pay a bad faith award of $350,000 serves as a cautionary tale to the industry that bad faith awards for mishandling a claim can be made even after a…

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Where Canada sits with high-risk flood insurance pool

February 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Industry experts are trying to calculate how much it would cost to set up an insurance pool for homes at high risk of overland flood, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official suggests. Canada’s Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation…

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Unintended M&A consequence: A shrinking carrier residual market

February 3, 2021 by Adam Malik

The number of carriers supporting Canada’s residual market for high-risk auto insureds is shrinking thanks to a combination of player withdrawal and mergers and acquisition activity. Tackling this issue is one of a number of priorities for the Facility Association…