Change made to insurance for B.C. condo owners amid rising premiums

VICTORIA _ Insurance companies in British Columbia have agreed to end a pricing practice that has been identified as one of the key factors in skyrocketing property insurance premiums for condominiums.

Earlier this year, the B.C. Financial Services Authority said premiums have gone up by 40 per cent on average for a number of reasons.

Finance Minister Selina Robinson says an agreement to end so-called best terms pricing on Jan. 1 is a positive step.

Insuring multi-unit properties in B.C. often sees many insurers submit bids.

Under best terms pricing, the final premium paid by owners is usually based on the highest bid, even if most quotes were lower.

Blair Morrison, CEO of the financial services authority, says the change is an important step for long-term stability in the property insurance market.

Robinson was the housing minister in June when she introduced legislation to change the Strata Property Act and the Financial Institutions Act to bring more transparency to the insurance market.

The Insurance Council of B.C., the regulatory body for insurance agents in the province, says it will work with the industry to address the practice.

Council CEO Janet Sinclair says the change will mean less price volatility.

A financial authority report released in June says price pressures will continue on buildings considered to be higher risk and the insurance market for so-called strata properties was “unhealthy.”

It says insurers were accumulating losses mostly from minor claims, especially for water damage due to poor building maintenance and initial construction.

It says new building construction, building material changes and rising replacement costs have put added strain on the industry’s profitability.

Insurers are also reducing the amount of insurance they offer in B.C. because of excessive exposure to earthquake risk, it says.

Sun Life CEO Dean Connor will retire next August, CFO Kevin Strain to replace him

TORONTO _ Sun Life Financial Inc. says its president and chief executive will retire next year.

The Toronto-based insurance company says Dean Connor, 64, will depart Sun Life on Aug. 6.

The company’s current executive vice-president and chief financial officer, Kevin Strain, will take over Connor’s presidential duties on Dec. 15.

He will become chief executive when Connor retires and will continue working as chief financial officer until the company names a replacement in the first half of 2021.

Strain joined Sun Life in 2002 as part of the acquisition of insurance company Clarica. He became CFO in 2017.

Strain launched Sun Life Global Investments Asset Management and expanded the company’s footprint to Vietnam and Malaysia, before climbing the company’s executive ranks.

ILScorp Offices Are Closed for Remembrance Day

ILScorp Offices Are Closed for Remembrance Day

The ILScorp offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11. Take the time this Remembrance Day to remember and honour those who have, and who continue to, make sacrifices for our country.

We’ll be back Thursday morning, ready to take your calls, answer your questions and register you for online insurance programs. You can reach us from 8 a.m. – 5  p.m. Pacific Time. You can also register for our insurance training programs online, anytime, at ILScorp.com

This November 11, please take a moment to remember all those who have fallen.

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Westland Insurance Expands Footprint in Manitoba with Acquisition of MIG Insurance

SURREY, British Columbia, Nov. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Westland Insurance Group Ltd. (“Westland”) is pleased to announce the closing of the acquisition of MIG Insurance Group, effective November 6, 2020. This acquisition supports Westland’s expansion strategy to serve more communities in Manitoba and across Canada.

MIG Insurance Group is headquartered in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Founded in 1995, it has eight branches throughout Manitoba. Their professional advisors provide residential, auto, life, travel, recreation, farm, and commercial insurance services. With this acquisition, Westland will be adding over 50 employees in Manitoba.

“We’re excited to be expanding our footprint in Manitoba with such a prominent and well-respected broker, and we are fortunate to be partnering with MIG’s owners, the Gilbert family, in a province that’s very important to Westland,” said Jamie Lyons, President & COO of Westland Insurance. “MIG is an innovative, digitally advanced brokerage focussed on providing product solutions that exceed customer expectations. We look forward to serving our customers in Manitoba, and would like to welcome the whole MIG team to the Westland family.”

“This is a great fit for MIG and we are thrilled to be joining Westland Insurance,” said Brian Gilbert, President & CEO of MIG Insurance Group Ltd. “Our values align and both companies share a deep commitment to our communities, and I know that our customers and employees will greatly benefit from this partnership.”

About Westland Insurance Group

Westland Insurance Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent property and casualty insurance brokers in Canada. With a national network of 150 locations and over 1,600 employees, the company continues to expand coast to coast. Westland’s brokers provide expert advice to home, business, farm, life, and auto insurance clients. Since its founding in 1980, Westland has remained a family-owned company that is committed to supporting its local communities. For more information, please visit www.westlandinsurance.ca

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