Canadian flooding may leave homeowners paying out of pocket

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Heavy rains soaked huge portions of Ontario and Quebec as well as British Columbia and New Brunswick. The Canadian flooding from last week’s record level rains caused water levels to rapidly rise and enter thousands of homes. The lack of flood insurance among homeowners now means that many Canadians will be paying for cleanup and repairs out of their own pockets. Residential flood insurance only recently became available to homeowners in the country. Only between 10 and 15 percent of insured homeowners have overland flood insurance, says Insurance Bureau of…

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Natural disaster damage is causing the insurance industry to struggle

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Insurers are facing growing challenges with the cost of environmental catastrophes from fire to flooding. A new statement from the Insurance Bureau of Canada has underscored the challenges caused by natural disaster damage to insurers. The insurance companies in Canada are struggling with a rising number of environmental catastrophes. The statement pointed out that the most at-risk property owners will likely find themselves paying more for coverage. This situation is hardly one that is exclusive to the country as insurance companies worldwide face costly challenges. The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s…

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Fort McMurray wildfire insurance costs will be highest in the history of Canada

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The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates a total insured loss of approximately $3.58 billion. The tremendous Fort McMurray wildfire that ripped through the region in Alberta, Canada was the costliest in the country’s history. No other disaster brought such great expense to insurance companies. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) estimates a total cost of $3.58 billion. Canadian insurance companies have never faced an cost that large from any single disaster in history. The IBC issued a report based on information collected through a survey of insurance companies. With this…

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First mobile units with insurance adjusters head to Fort McMurray, Canada

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As the wildfire that has eaten much of the city begins to move in a new direction, insurers are sending in teams. On Sunday, the massive wildfire nicknamed “the beast” started to stabilize after causing catastrophic devastation in the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and insurance adjusters are now being deployed in mobile response units being flown in from across the country. This will be the initial wave of experts who will start to assess the widespread damage to Fort McMurray. The majority of insurers have natural disaster and crisis…

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Climate change extremes force the insurance industry to form new strategies

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As the weather breaks away from historical trends and reaches record breaking highs and lows, insurers face increasing costs. Now that climate change has become a measured and broadly accepted occurrence – despite the ongoing controversy surrounding its cause – the insurance industry is finding itself facing the brunt of the costs generated by the damage caused by extreme weather and it is seeking new strategies to reduce those expenses. In order to do this, insurance companies are hoping that efforts can be made to reduce damages in the first…

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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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Canadian Uber drivers may need to check their auto insurance policies

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Insurance Bureau of Canada wants Uber drivers to make sure they are properly insured The Insurance Bureau of Canada is advising drivers that work for ride-share company Uber to check their auto insurance policies. The agency suggests that drivers should ensure that their insurance policies provide coverage for their vehicles that are being used for commercial purposes. In most cases, however, conventional policies do not provide commercial coverage for most drivers, as these policies only provide coverage for vehicles being used for personal purposes. As such, they may be exposed…

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Auto insurance rates continue to rise in Ontario

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Despite government efforts, premiums are on the rise in Ontario Auto insurance premiums in Ontario, Canada, continue to rise, despite promises being made by the government. In April of this year, the government had announced that insurance rates were down by 0.95% during the first quarter of the year, which is a far cry from the average 15% reduction that it had promised to achieve by next month. In Ontario, premiums continue to rise, and government action may not be enough to mitigate the issue. Several companies seek to raise…

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Auto insurance question raised about Uber coverage in Toronto

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The ride share company may not be providing adequate protection to its drivers to operate in the Canadian city. The Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a statement that has said that it is concerned that Uber, a ride share company in the country, is not providing its drivers with the auto insurance coverage that is required for them to be adequately protected for operations on the roads of Toronto. Uber Canada has assured the public that its drivers are providing the safest transportation experience in the city. In Toronto,…

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Insurance industry in Canada sends warning to Uber

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The ride share program is entering into more cities, but standard auto coverage may not be enough. The top regulator in the Canadian insurance industry has now issued a warning to the popular ride share program, Uber, to warn the company, its drivers, and its customers that personal auto insurance will not be adequate for their purposes. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has cautioned that personal auto won’t provide the needed coverage. The warning from this national insurance industry association has said that if an Uber driver is involved…

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