Ten Canadian co-ops receive $125,600 from The Co-operators

GUELPH, ON, Aug. 17, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, The Co-operators announced a total of $125,600 in grants to support 10 Canadian co-operatives that are addressing social and economic needs in their communities. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation Co-operative Development Program.

“These organizations are working on a wide range of issues, from homelessness to helping seniors remain in their homes, from building sustainable local food systems to promoting local biofuels,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. “We are pleased to support the work of these co-ops, which are helping to enhance the sustainability of their communities.”

The following organizations are receiving the grants announced today:

Coopérative de solidarité l’Autre-Toit – Sherbrooke, Que.
Coop l’Autre-Toît offers people experiencing homelessness an opportunity to improve their situation. The co-op currently runs 22 housing units, and will provide housing for 24 new members with construction that is nearing completion.

Coopérative de solidarité Temps libre – Montreal
Temps libre provides open spaces conducive to interaction, incubation and dissemination of cultural, social and digital projects rooted in the Montreal area. Its building accommodates organizations dedicated to the transformation of cities and neighbourhoods, community life, urban ecology and social innovation.

Elevations Co-operative – Toronto
Elevations is an initiative launched by leaders of the East African community in the GTA to support their community members in small business development and to promote East African products and services.

The Karma Project Community Food Co-operative – Simcoe County, Ont.
The Karma Project is a community-owned co-op transforming the local food system in Simcoe Country. The co-op manages five farmers’ markets, the local Good Food Box program, an Edible Classroom school program, fresh food donation drives, two community gardens and two retail food stores.

Western Manitoba Seniors Non-profit Housing Cooperative – Brandon, Man.
This co-op enables seniors to age in place and to live in a community by providing affordable housing options that support physical and mental health, social engagement and personal independence.

Peg City Car Co-operative – Winnipeg
Peg City Car Co-op’s mission is to support its members to walk, bike or bus for most of their transportation needs by providing occasional access to a car when needed. This allows members to avoid or reduce the financial burden and responsibilities of personal car ownership.

Calgary Aging in Place Co-operative – Calgary
Calgary Aging in Place is a unique co-operative aiming to support seniors to stay in their own homes and neighbourhoods, including an innovative option for a home retrofit program for rental opportunities. The co-op co-ordinates a variety of home support services such as cleaning, property management, shopping and transportation.

BC Eco Seed Coop – B.C.
The BC Eco Seed Co-op is a producer co-operative committed to growing and providing seeds that are ecologically grown, open-pollinated, regionally adapted, held in the public domain and not genetically engineered.

Coast Car Co-operative – Sechelt, B.C.
Coast Car Co-op is a member-owned car sharing co-operative established to create options for individuals and businesses looking for alternatives to vehicle ownership while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-operative – Duncan, B.C.
Cowichan Bio-Diesel is dedicated to the local production, use and promotion of biofuels in order to achieve an environmentally sustainable local economy and to provide an alternative to existing fuels.

The Co-operators created the Co-operative Development Program 24 years ago. Since that time, it has provided more than $2.2 millionto 162 emerging or expanding Canadian co-operatives that respond to local unmet needs.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $44 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.

SOURCE The Co-operators

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Severe summer storm in the Prairies causes more than $48 million in insured damage

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports a severe storm that swept through Alberta,Saskatchewan and Manitoba during the second week of July has resulted in more than $48 million in insured damage according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).

From July 8 – 11, a low pressure system caused severe thunderstorms in the Prairies. The storms produced strong winds, hail, lightning, heavy rainfall, and funnel clouds. This system also caused significant flooding in Estevan, SK and produced a brief tornado touchdown in Humboldt, SK on July 10.

“Severe storms have been happening more often and with greater intensity across the Prairies,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC. “It is important that Canadians understand their insurance policies and what’s covered. It’s also essential to have an emergency preparedness plan and know what to do before, during and after bad weather strikes.”

Most property damage were reported to have occurred in Saskatchewan. The most severe isolated thunderstorm cell over Estefan produced up to 130mm of rain in a short period of time. The heavy rains overwhelmed the local storm water systems causing streets to flood and sewers to backup.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at www.ibc.ca.. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

About CatIQ
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and man-made catastrophes. Through its online subscription-based platform, CatIQ combines comprehensive insured loss indices and other related information to better serve the needs of the insurance and reinsurance industries, public sector and other stakeholders. To learn more, visit www.catiq.com.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

Severe summer storm in southern Ontario causes $30 million in insured damage

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports a severe storm that swept through southern Ontarioduring the second week of July has resulted in more than $30 million in insured damage according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).

On the evening of July 8, a passing cold front caused severe thunderstorms in areas north of Toronto including Orillia, Markdale andBradford. The storm produced winds of up to 100 km/hr, intense lightning, heavy rain and hail.

Property damage was caused primarily by hail. Large hail coupled with strong winds damaged roofs, siding and windows on homes. The hail dented cars and broke windshields. Significant crop damage was also reported.

“Severe storms have been happening more often and with greater intensity across Ontario,” said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President,Ontario, IBC. “It is important that Canadians understand their insurance policies and what’s covered. It’s also essential to have an emergency preparedness plan and know what to do when bad weather strikes.”

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_Ontario If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

About CatIQ
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and man-made catastrophes. Through its online subscription-based platform, CatIQ combines comprehensive insured loss indices and other related information to better serve the needs of the insurance and reinsurance industries, public sector and other stakeholders. To learn more, visit www.catiq.com.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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Another industry first – Aviva Canada to offer 3-in-1 solution for claims and loss prevention

Aviva Canada continues to respond to evolving customer needs with the launch of its Home Protect Bundle product. Aviva is the first to offer an insurance solution to help Canadian homeowners prevent claims from reoccurring, repair damages before a claim occurs, and provide unlimited professional assistance.

Available in Canada beginning of August, the 3-in-1 bundle can be easily added to an existing Aviva home or condominium policy. The Home Protect Bundle (Prevent, Fix, Assist) offers:

Claim Prevent: customers receive up to $2,500 to install an approved loss prevention device to prevent reoccurring claims. Examples of devices include: fire and suppression systems, security systems, sump pumps and more.

Home Repair Assure: provides professional services for minor repair needs, before they become major issues. This access to trusted professionals is ideal for customers who value saving time and research.

Halo Assist: an added benefit to the Home Protect Bundle, Halo Assist is a one-stop service for customers seeking unlimited expert advice by telephone from qualified lawyers, health professionals and housing specialists for legal, health, home repair, real estate and mortgage assistance.

“The Home Protect Bundle is another industry first from Aviva to assist customers in proactively reducing and preventing claims,” saidSteve Cohen, Executive Director, Personal Lines, Aviva Canada. “We are committed to creating innovative solutions that are cost effective and add value for consumers.”

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About Aviva Canada

Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees, 27 locations across Canada and approximately 1,500 independent broker partners.

Aviva Canada invests in positive change through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online community funding competition. Since its inception in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund has awarded $6.5 million to over 222 charities and community groups nationwide.

For more information visit avivacanada.com

SOURCE Aviva Canada Inc.

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