Canada: Insurance – New Business Tool Kit

13 October 2020

Business insurance, like many types of expenditures, is one of those items which business owners typically do not like to pay. You must remember that sufficient insurance can be as critical to the success of your business as a good product or service. Without proper insurance you could lose all the money, time, and effort you put into your company. The types and amounts of coverage you purchase must be evaluated on a cost-benefit basis like any other commodity that you purchase.

Your insurance agent can help you review the amount of coverage you may wish to purchase for various purposes. Usually, you will want to insure against risks that could have significant detrimental impact on your business. This normally would include such items as fire, storm damage, theft, general, and product liability. Depending on the nature and size of your business, it is often a good idea to self-insure for all or a portion of certain losses. Self-insurance can be accomplished by not buying coverage for incidental risks or increasing the deductions on policies that you do buy. Often, raising the deductible can have a very favorable impact on policy premiums. The administrative cost to the insurance company to process small claims is quite high. The rates typically go down substantially if they are relieved of this expense by insuring for losses in excess of a sizable deductible amount. An insurance broker can provide you with comparative costs for various types of coverage with varying degrees of deductible amounts.

Required Policies

Very little insurance coverage is mandatory. For most industries, workers’ compensation coverage is required by law. It covers injuries to employees while on the job. Premiums for this coverage are payable as a specific assessment against your business payroll, based upon industry-wide claim experience.

You must also be aware that the terms of your building, office lease, or mortgage may require you to carry certain kinds of insurance coverage in specified minimum amounts. If you have leased equipment or have borrowed money from a bank or other lenders, there will usually be insurance requirements in the agreements relating to these transactions. There are many other types of policies that you may wish to consider. The specific coverage provided by each and their related costs can be explained in depth by a qualified insurance broker.

Some types of Insurance coverage you may consider for your business are:

Business Interruption

This coverage, as the name implies, covers the loss of revenues your business would have generated if it were forced to shut down for reasons beyond your control. While this is obviously valuable insurance, the policy premium must be carefully considered relative to the potential profits your business might lose during a short shutdown of operations.

Employee Fidelity Bond

This type of insurance typically covers the risk of loss from theft by employees. If your business deals in large amounts of cash, negotiable securities, or similar types of assets, you may be well advised to consider this coverage. Certain industries are required to carry this insurance by regulatory authorities.

Umbrella Coverage

This type of insurance covers losses above and beyond the limits of other policies that you carry. Umbrella policies usually pertain to liability of various sorts, and are usually valuable if your business, or you, have a higher net worth, which requires protection in the event of a catastrophic loss.

Accounts Receivable Coverage

Also referred to as credit coverage, reduces the risk of doing business, because it covers you against customer bankruptcy, refusal of delivery, or other non-payment.

Insurance is like any other product you purchase. Before purchasing it you should consult with more than one broker. You should discuss insurance needs with acquaintances in the same or related business as yours.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Source: Mondaq News

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Hub International Acquires Certain Assets of Ontario-Based Mumby Insurance Brokers Inc

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today that it has acquired the property and casualty and employee benefits businesses of Mumby Insurance Brokers Incorporated (Mumby Insurance). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Mumby Insurance has decades of expertise in working with professionals throughout Canada, with special focus on architects, landscape architects, engineers and specification writers. Douglas Pinnell, Vice President of Mumby Insurance, will join Hub International Ontario Limited (Hub Ontario) and report to Matt Lievers, President of Employee Benefits in the region. Anthea Mumby, President of Mumby Insurance, will remain directly involved in the business as a consultant and will report to Gerry De Lauro, President of Personal Insurance, Hub Ontario.

About Hub’s M&A Activities
Hub International Limited is committed to growing organically and through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and strengthen industry and product expertise.  For more information on the Hub M&A experience, visit WeAreHub.com.

About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading full-service global insurance broker providing property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services. With more than 12,000 employees in offices located throughout North America, Hub’s vast network of specialists provides peace of mind on what matters most by protecting clients through unrelenting advocacy and tailored insurance solutions. For more information, please visit www.hubinternational.com.

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Toronto hospital network says 150 patients affected by data breach

By Denise Paglinawan

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO _ A Toronto hospital network says about 150 patients have been affected by a data breach in which their medical records were allegedly used in an extortion attempt involving a third-party provider.

Unity Health Toronto said the incident involved a former employee with Nuance Communications, a company that transcribes clinical notes dictated by doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital.

The hospital network said it learned of the matter in May and notified patients last week.

“We take this matter seriously and have notified all impacted patients,” Unity Health Toronto said in a statement.  “We apologize for any distress this may cause to the roughly 150 patients affected.”

The worker with Nuance Communications allegedly held on to patient records after leaving the company, Unity Health said.

In March, that person then allegedly attempted to use the records to get Nuance to pay him money, the health network said.

The records contained patient names, medical history, diagnoses and treatments, according to the network. It noted that no financial or health insurance information was included.

Nuance reported the matter to police in India, where the alleged incident is believed to have taken place, Unity Health said. Officers seized a computer believed to contain the patient information, the network said.

A court injunction was also issued to prevent the former employee from further accessing or sharing any information from the patient reports, the health network said.

Unity Health added that Nuance Communications had said it took steps to improve their information security practices.

St. Michael’s Hospital said it was conducting its own investigation and had reported the matter to Ontario’s privacy commissioner. It also said it was working with Nuance Communications.

Nuance Communications did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

 

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