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Partial building collapse in London, Ont. kills two workers, injures four others

December 14, 2020 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Workers sifting through the rubble of a partially collapsed building in London, Ont., recovered the body of a second victim, city officials said on Sunday of the construction mishap that also killed the father of an infant. The

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How this Supreme Court ruling impacts contractor insolvency risk

November 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling means construction clients need to be careful about contract wording that refers to insolvency or bankruptcy. With the Oct. 2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has taken away a tool that a

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How your advice can help flood-proof future real estate development

August 26, 2020 by Adam Malik

There’s not enough collaboration between stakeholders in Canada’s real estate sector and risk professionals with information about natural hazards, and real estate investments could drown as a result, an expert warned. If real estate is constantly being exposed to damage

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Despite re-openings, time is ticking on construction clients’ inactivity limits

May 14, 2020 by Adam Malik

A “snowball effect” could leave some construction companies facing major financial challenges despite the slow re-opening of some of their closed worksites, one brokerage warns. In some situations, the damage may already be done, leaving brokers scrambling to help out

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How COVID-19 impacts surety bond placement

March 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Placing surety bonds has become more challenging with the social distancing precautions underway with the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is possible to do this electronically, says an association representing insurers who write surety bonds. Surety bonds can now be placed

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Supreme Court of Canada could review ‘joint and several liability’ clause in surety bond

February 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Guarantee Company of North America wants to take a disputed claim on a 20-year-old performance bond to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced Feb. 7 that The Guarantee is applying for leave to appeal HOOPP Realty

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No insurer-based new home warranty system for this province

January 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An insurer-based model for new home warranty was under consideration in Ontario but the current government is maintaining the status quo. “Our government has been looking at the feasibility of a private insurance model for new home warranties and protections

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How oil patch woes impact surety bond losses

July 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Cutbacks in oil and gas is one reason bond claims have become more frequent in Western Canada, a surety expert for the nation’s largest insurer suggests. A slowdown in the construction market in Alberta – and to some extent in

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How construction clients could be taking on too much risk

July 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you place insurance for construction clients, they could be signing contracts that saddle them with risks that they should not be taking on. “We are beginning to see tenders coming out where not enough design work has been done

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What these brokerages bring to the table in Hub merger

January 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Quebec brokerage recently acquired by Hub International Ltd. brings expertise in construction and auto dealerships to the table. “Hub is already major player, if not one of the biggest brokers in Quebec,” Alain Giroux, executive vice president of Montreal

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Hub buys Quebec commercial brokerage

January 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Montreal commercial brokerage Forum Risques et Assurance Inc. has been acquired by Hub International Ltd., Chicago-based Hub announced Thursday. Forum Risques was founded in 2013 by François Jean and Alain Giroux. Its target markets include technology, manufacturing and construction. Jean

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Mandatory building fire risk labels proposed

October 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Fire safety can be impacted if a building is made from lightweight, prefabricated material, and legislation under debate would mandate placards for certain construction types in Ontario. “Truss and lightweight construction, when exposed to fire, can pose serious risks to responding firefighters,” Randy