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Some earthquake deductibles too high: IBC

April 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers are telling the Insurance Bureau of Canada that for some homeowner clients, the deductible on earthquake coverage is so high that the clients could still end up broke after a major tremor. “Right now, the deductible on some of

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How small potatoes from federal budget can help insurers

March 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government’s commitment Tuesday to spend $1 million a year on hazard awareness training – from a total budget of nearly $350 billion – will go a “long way” towards helping Canadians understand property risk, the Insurance Bureau of

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What lies behind the unexpected Alberta quake

March 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

Perhaps the largest-ever earthquake to hit a section of central Alberta caused no immediate reports of damage, but knocked out power for more than 4,000 customers. Could fracking be the culprit? In this case, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is probing

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The two main benefits of parametric insurance

February 20, 2019 by Jason Contant

Speed is one of the main benefits of parametric insurance compared to traditional forms of insurance, with the underwriting process taking just several days to two weeks, speakers from AXA Global Parametrics in France said Tuesday. Parametrics is index-based insurance,

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Executive challenges brokers regarding earthquake take-up rates in Quebec

February 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Sparks flew during a recent conference discussion about mortgage impairment and earthquake loss, when a senior reinsurance company executive drew a link between the practices of Quebec brokers and the low take-up rates of earthquake insurance in the province. Philipp

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Why CBI insurance is on the rise in Canada

January 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

Contingent business interruption (CBI) insurance is on the rise in Canada, with an increase in both demand and higher limits, says the CEO and chief agent for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Canada. “This is one of the most

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New Brunswick earthquake ‘widely felt’

January 11, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD, N.B. – A minor earthquake rattled windows and knocked dishes off shelves in a small community in southern New Brunswick on Thursday. “It felt like something ran into the building _ it was a big bang,” said Troy

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New, revised CAIB expected by fall

January 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is hoping to be able to present a new, revised Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) program to the broker community by this fall. The new content will address 10 broad broker competency areas

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What could drive reinsurers away from some markets

December 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Reinsurance is extremely important but could get too expensive in certain areas, industry leaders said at a recent event. Some insurance companies today are “dialing up their reinsurance protection – property and cat risk in particular in the United States,”

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The flood risk that might be unaccounted for

November 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers might be unintentionally covering flood and fire risks arising from computer problems, a cyber expert with a risk modelling firm suggests. “Anything that is related to a computer system could trigger non-cyber losses,” Matt Honea, cyber director for Cyence

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Study suggests bedrock stress a factor in fracking-caused earthquakes

October 29, 2018 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

New research is digging in to why fracking causes earthquakes in some areas but not in others. A paper published Monday in Geophysical Research Letters suggests the likelihood of an artificial earthquake is heavily influenced by how stable the ground

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Three strong earthquakes reported off Canadian coast

October 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.6 magnitude quake about 260 kilometres west of Tofino, followed by a 6.8 tremor and then a third measuring