Canadian Underwriter

Segment
Consumers

News ClaimsClaims CanadaEngineeringLegalRestoration

Why your clients should do an inspection before buying a home

July 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A couple who discovered a leaking bathtub after moving into their new home cannot get compensation from the sellers. A “reasonable inspection” would have revealed a water problem before Tyler and Keva Luscombe bought their home in 2020, the British

News AdjustersCatastrophesClaimsClaims CanadaEngineeringInsuranceRestoration

Get ready for hundreds of claims from Barrie twister

July 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will probably see well over 200 claims from the July 15 tornado that hit Barrie, Ont., says a wind damage expert who has looked at the affected area. “I expect the total number of damaged houses was about

News ClaimsInsuranceRiskTechnology

Look for AI to “hyper-personalize” customer experience in 3-5 years: Aviva exec

July 20, 2021 by David Gambrill

Hyper-personalization of customer experience in three to five years’ time is a big reason why the property and casualty insurance industry is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning now, an Aviva Canada tech executive suggests. “I

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
News ClaimsClaims CanadaInsuranceMarkets / CoveragesRisk

Why your clients may not have the high ground on overland flood risk

July 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Many homeowners opt not to buy overland flood coverage and this could leave them uninsured in the event of a severe rain storm. “Overland flooding is any water that comes into your house through the windows or door or anything

News AdjustersAnnouncementsAppointmentsAssociationsClaims CanadaInsuranceLegislation / RegulationRiskTechnology

New industry anti-fraud group gets its first CEO

July 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Terri O’Brien, a former vice president at TD Bank, is now CEO of Équité Association, the anti-fraud organization announced Monday. Équité Association is a new organization that integrates Canadian National Insurance Crime Services (CANATICS) and the IBC’s investigative services division.

News InsuranceLegislation / Regulation

Threat of adverse selection prompts auto carrier to start credit checks

July 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Nova Scotia motorists who consent to a “soft” credit check from Economical Insurance will soon be eligible to get a discount on their auto premium, the province’s regulator announced Monday. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSURB) has already

News ClaimsClaims CanadaRestorationRisk

Why your clients’ basements will probably leak eventually

July 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Homeowner clients are battling the elements just by living below the ground floor, and so they will need to act quickly if they notice water pooling in their basement, a building supply vendor suggests. “Creating a comfortable living space in

News InsuranceLegislation / RegulationTechnology

Insurer ups distracted driving from minor to major conviction

July 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Nova Scotia motorists could be out of luck when they try to renew their auto insurance if they got caught more than once using a hand-held gizmo when they should be paying attention to the road. In a ruling posted

News ClaimsClaims CanadaEngineeringInsuranceRestorationRisk

5 reasons why fire sprinklers fail, and what your clients can do about it

July 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Building renovations are among five common reasons for fire sprinkler failure, according to Diana Rodriguez-Zaba, a partner for ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, in a recent article on TheBigRedGuide.com. Typical renovation incidents that can cause failure include collisions with construction equipment,

News ClaimsClaims CanadaLegislation / RegulationRiskTechnology

These highway features may encourage distracted driving

June 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Medians and wide shoulders on highways could encourage distracted driving by giving drivers a false sense of security, transportation researchers suggest in a recent paper. “The combination and presence of a shoulder, median, higher speed limit, and extra lanes could

News Claims CanadaInsuranceLegal

Here’s what can go wrong if you give away a salvage vehicle

June 24, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A couple who thought they received a written-off camper trailer as a gift are entitled to some compensation for repairs they made before the registered owner came to retrieve the vehicle, a Newfoundland and Labrador court has ruled. Sherry Drake

News Insurance

As COVID ends, watch for consumers to report changing conditions

June 23, 2021 by Jason Contant

Now that the commute back to the office is a distinct possibility in the upcoming months, insurance providers should be making sure their clients have the right level of auto insurance coverage, particularly if it changed during the pandemic, the