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How auto dealership closures affected the industry

June 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry saw a steep drop this past April in the number of auto clients seeking policies for new vehicles, and it’s not clear how long a more recent rebound will last, the head of LowestRates.ca

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How long it’s taking now to approve Ontario auto rate filings

June 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The average Ontario auto insurance filing now takes less than two weeks to get approved, the provincial regulator told Canadian Underwriter. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority announced this past October a “file and use” system for private passenger auto. For

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Which vehicles will cost your clients the least to insure?

June 18, 2020 by Adam Malik

Car shopping includes finding out how much insurance costs for one vehicle over the other and clients with a Mazda CX-3 will see the lowest insurance rates, according to a recent report. California-based online insurance quote aggregator site Insure.com annually

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What a politician says he’ll do if insurer rebates don’t measure up

June 17, 2020 by Adam Malik

Threats are being lobbed at auto insurers by an Ontario member of parliament who indicated that insurers not offering satisfactory relief measures could be called out and face repercussions. In the latest salvo from Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips —

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How the economic recession changed the game for Canadian brokers, insurers

June 16, 2020 by Adam Malik

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed broker to be more than just advisors of insurance coverage — they’re offering broader financial guidance and services to their clients. Meanwhile, the economic recession resulting from the pandemic shifted the carriers’ focus towards “operational

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B.C. report says condo insurance market ‘unhealthy,’ premiums up 40 per cent

June 16, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A report commissioned by the B.C. government says insurance premiums for condominium buildings have increased by as much as 40 per cent year over year while deductible costs have tripled. Blair Morrison, chief executive officer of The B.C.

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Are you sure you are not violating Ontario’s ‘take all comers’ auto rule?

June 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you fail to renew a client’s Ontario auto policy, even if that client missed a payment, you could attract close scrutiny from the provincial regulator. Ontario law prohibits insurers from declining to issue, terminating, or refusing to renew an

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CU Webinar: Industry execs to discuss impact of economic recession on Canada’s P&C industry

June 12, 2020 by David Gambrill

Way back in 2020 Q1, before the world turned upside down, the Canadian property and casualty insurance results were on the rebound from a difficult prior year. But on Mar. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus

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There’s UBI for auto, could it work for home?

June 11, 2020 by Adam Malik

If the more you drive means the likelier you are to have an auto claim, the same thinking could apply to home insurance claims, as people adhere to shelter-in-place guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, says a risk expert. If people

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How to make tenant insurance applications more user-friendly

June 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you think it is easy for clients to apply for tenant insurance, you might want to consider how much trivia those tenants actually know about the property they occupy. “Every insurance application has questions that aren’t user-friendly and they

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Editor’s Note: Underwriting for the next pandemic

June 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

The social and economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020 is truly horrifying, saddening, and staggering. Many of us have lost loved ones, or know people who are out of work because of the potentially lethal virus moving

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How much insurers paid out for Fort Mac’s spring flood

June 2, 2020 by Adam Malik

Insurers paid out more $228 million in insured damage for spring flooding in Fort McMurray, Alta., that occurred a little over a month ago. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) released the numbers this week, noting that commercial properties took