Allstate launches usage-based auto insurance program in Alberta

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New insurance program could net drivers savings on premiums A new auto insurance program in Alberta, Canada, could give drivers a chance to save money on their coverage. Allstate has launched a new usage-based insurance policy in the province. The policy involves the use of telematic technology, which is designed to collect data on how a vehicle is being driven. This may be good news for safe drivers, as they will be able to obtain discounts on their insurance coverage. This data is collected over six months, giving Allstate the…

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Alberta, Canada, sees 91 percent spike in employment insurance recipients

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The province that had previously had a boom in job availability is now facing astounding unemployment rates. New research from Statistics Canada has shown that the province of Alberta has reached a tremendous increase in employment insurance recipients when compared to the rate in January 2015. The Statistics Canada data has shown that the figure in January 2016 is a massive 91 percent higher. In fact, across the country, the number of people receiving employment insurance has increased by 7 percent, but the majority of that figure is actually the…

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Insurance industry needs to evolve to handle greater risks

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Canada’s insurers, and other parties, will have to adapt to the growing frequency of natural disasters Severe weather is beginning to have a major impact on Canada’s insurance industry. As powerful storms hit populated areas, claims are beginning to apply significant financial pressure on insurance companies offer coverage for property and vehicles. The Insurance Bureau of Canada believes that the time has come to address the rising costs associated with severe weather. Doing so may help mitigate the costs that consumers see and help the insurance industry become more resilient…

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Auto insurance premiums continue to rise in Ontario

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Insurance premiums in Ontario may be affected by for profit clinics Ontario is home to the highest auto insurance premiums in Canada, and rates for many drivers continue to rise, even if they have immaculate driving records. There are many factors that affect the cost of insurance coverage, but for-profit medical centers and rehabilitation clinics may be one of the reasons why premiums are on the rise. Notably, bodily injury claims in Ontario are significantly higher than they are in other provinces, perhaps due to the over-utilization of medical services…

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Employment insurance claims are on the rise in Canada

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Claims have increased by nearly 30% in Alberta The number of those living in Alberta, Canada, applying for employment insurance benefits is on the rise, according to a report from Statistics Canada. Employment insurance in Canada is similar to unemployment insurance in the United States. Those applying for benefits receive temporary financial assistance while looking for work or improving their skills. Throughout Canada, employment insurance claims have risen by an average of 6.7%. Report shows that more than 500,000 Canadians currently receive employment insurance benefits According to the report from…

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Flood insurance becomes a problematic issue in Canada

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Canadian insurers are beginning to revise their approach to flood protection and climate change Property insurance is about to undergo serious changes in Alberta, Canada. Last year, severe weather lead to widespread flooding throughout much of the province, causing an estimated $1.7 billion in insured losses. Severe weather throughout the whole of Canada caused more than $3 billion in financial damage to the country’s insurance industry. These losses are encouraging insurers to revise their approach to flood protection and the coverage they offer for severe weather disasters. Uncertain nature of…

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Homeowners insurance rates likely to spike in Alberta

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Alberta floods cause spike in insurance rates Homeowners in Alberta, Canada, are preparing to see higher insurance rates as insurers begin to feel the financial impact caused by recent floods. The Insurance Bureau of Canada notes that insurers have been weighing the impact of floods that struck Alberta in June of this year and many have found the need to raise rates in order to mitigate the financial blow of the disaster. Those that had fallen victim to flooding will likely see their homeowners insurance rates spike in the coming…

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Executives call for focus on flood insurance in Canada

Canadian insurers draw attention to issues concerning flood insurance coverage Insurance executives from 13 firms in Canada claim that access to comprehensive flood insurance protection in the country is inadequate. Executives recorded their opinions on the matter as part of a survey focused on the impact of devastating floods that recently struck Alberta and Toronto earlier this year. Flood disasters are becoming more common throughout Canada and executives believe that appropriate flood insurance coverage will not be available to consumers unless major action is taken on the matter. Alberta and…

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Homeowners insurance claims to be revisited in wake of Calgary floods

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Homeowners insurance sector sees harsh criticism come from consumers Over the past week, floods have become a major issue for the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The city has fallen victim to flash floods that were caused by heavy rainfall earlier in the week. Heavy rains caused the Bow and Elbow rivers to overflow, flooding nearby neighborhoods and causing mandatory evacuations in some parts of the city. These floods became even more problematic due to sewage backups that exasperated the issue. The disaster has put a great deal of…

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Insurance industry feeling pressure of more frequent natural disasters

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Severe natural disasters are causing problems for the insurance industry Severe natural disasters have been being reported in greater frequency around the world. Recent storms in the U.S. have put major strain on the insurance industry, but this is not a trend unique to the country. The Insurance Bureau of Canada has taken note of the increasing severity of weather-related disasters and has announced that it believes such disasters will become significantly more frequent in the coming years. Whether the insurance industry is capable of withstanding a high frequency of…

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