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Will IFRS 17 make insurers’ results harder to compare?

January 25, 2023 Philip Porado

At best, it will be difficult to make initial comparisons to insurers’ IFRS 17 results, due to differences between companies’ approaches under the new accounting standard, said a report this week from Fitch Ratings. A stated objective of the insurance

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Claims denials on their way down, regulator reports

January 23, 2023 by David Gambrill

Claims denial ratios for the stressed business lines of aircraft, liability and marine — which spiked during the pandemic in 2020 — are starting to return to their pre-pandemic levels, according to the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR). “For

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OSFI’s third-party guidance to include insurer-broker contracts

October 12, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s solvency regulator is preparing guidance that legal experts say will shift the scope of the regulator’s concerns about outsourcing data and technology to a much broader inquiry about insurers’ arrangements with third parties generally — including with broker partners.

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Regulating business culture. A “solution in search of a problem?”

October 4, 2022 by David Gambrill

In what lawyers are calling a “solution in search of a problem,” Canada’s solvency regulator is seeking input from the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry on how to regulate business culture. “I feel like this culture conversation in Canada

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Global climate disclosure standards will take time and money, P&C industry warned

September 22, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s solvency regulator is seeking to harmonize climate risk disclosures with international standards, which some Canadian P&C insurers are viewing as akin to a climate-related IFRS 17 initiative. Some contend OSFI’s forthcoming guidance on harmonizing companies’ climate-related risk disclosures with

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How OSFI proposes to regulate the P&C industry’s cryptocurrency risk

August 22, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s solvency regulator is seeking comment on its proposed approach for regulating P&C insurers’ cryptocurrency risk exposure. In a proposed advisory to take effect in 2023 Q2, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) defines and categorizes two

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OSFI’s capital guidelines include new 2.5% charge for risk-sharing pools

August 9, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s federal solvency regulator has released its final capital guidelines for the P&C insurance sector, and one new wrinkle includes a fresh approach to handle the provincial risk-sharing pools administered by Facility Association — a new 2.5% capital charge. The

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What the regulator’s focus on digital risk means for you

June 27, 2022 by David Gambrill

Expect Canada’s solvency regulator to become more active in overseeing the P&C industry’s digital risks. “Insurers have become more digital with changes in business models and service delivery,” OSFI superintendent Peter Routledge said in prepared remarks to insurers attending the

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Why this broker was fined $700 after an acquisition

March 3, 2022 by David Gambrill

An Alberta broker has been fined $700 for failing to transfer her broker’s license when the Co-operators General Insurance Company took over the ownership of her brokerage. Brokers in Alberta and other provinces must have a license that is connected

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OSFI softens stance in new reinsurance guidelines

February 14, 2022 by David Gambrill

OSFI has softened its stance on two of the Canadian P&C industry’s key concerns in the solvency regulator’s final published guidelines on Sound Reinsurance Practices and Procedures (B-3) and Property and Casualty Large Insurance Exposures and Investment Concentration (B-2). Revised

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Regulation: A threat or benefit to innovation?

February 8, 2022 by Jason Contant

While there is a perception that regulation is a threat to innovation in the Canadian financial services space, that’s not the case, say executives from a fintech hub.  “[For] any start-up here in Canada, I think there’s a bit of

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MGA regulatory regime unveiled: What you need to know

November 16, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s association for managing general agents (MGAs) has unveiled a regulatory regime that will codify minimum business operating standards for these P&C intermediaries in Canada. The Canadian Association of Managing General Agents (CAMGA) announced the voluntary measures and membership requirements