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INSURANCE

Today’s insurers, reinsurers and insurance intermediaries require creative strategies, practical experience and keen sector insight to generate growth and deliver on customer expectations. Equally important, they need the assistance of insurance law firms to ensure they’re in compliance with evolving domestic and global regulatory reforms as they bring new products and services to market. Providers and marketers of insurance are facing increased competition and, at the same time, a higher burden of compliance than ever before. The industry – and those who depend upon it – requires access to lawyers who specialize in insurance regulatory law and the legal factors affecting the insurance industry.

McMillan’s Banking, Finance and Insurance Industry Group has a broad depth of experience working with a wide range of insurance sector organizations. We understand developments across the insurance sector, from the regulatory environment and risks and to opportunities such as demutualization that operating in this complex sector brings. Our lawyers have represented some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated insurers, brokers and other insurance industry participants, including adjusters, on all manner of business transactions, and regulatory compliance.

McMillan helps its insurance clients lead by:

  • Executing mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations
  • Obtaining regulatory approvals for share and portfolio acquisitions and divestitures, amalgamations, related-party and other business transactions (including Competition Bureau approvals)
  • Advising on incorporation and Canada-wide licensing of insurers, agents, brokers and adjusters as well as termination of insurance businesses in Canada
  • Advising on corporate governance and compliance matters and creating board and committee charter documents and company policies and procedures
  • Negotiating and implementing outsourcing arrangements
  • Reinsurance agreements
  • Resolving market conduct issues arising under provincial statutes, including by representing insurers, agents, brokers and others before regulatory tribunals and—where necessary—the courts
  • Advising insurers, agents and brokers on the day-to-day business of marketing and selling insurance products and on operational matters such as drafting and amending policies, privacy and e-commerce, drafting and reviewing innovative marketing initiatives and dealing with related regulatory challenges

Primary Contacts

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Darcy Ammerman
Partner, Financial Services | Banking & Finance | Insurance
Lindsay Lorimer
Partner, Product Liability & Regulation | Class Actions

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Watch as that Trust is Swept Away

Suppliers and subcontractors in the construction industry should be mindful of a recent unreported decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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Jul 30, 2021
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OSFI Issues Final Guideline E-4 Impacting Foreign Entity Branches to be Implemented by January, 2022

OSFI releases final Guideline E-4 for Foreign Entity Branches replacing existing Guideline E-4A and E-4B.

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Jul 6, 2021
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Amendments to the OHSA Consolidate Reporting Requirements for Workplace Accidents Effective July 1, 2021

The Ontario government introduced amendments to Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to consolidate accident reporting requirements.

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Jun 30, 2021
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An International Overview of Existing Climate-Related Insurance Initiatives: Finding the Right Path for Canada

Part of our ESG initiative, this article summarizes existing climate-related insurance initiatives and suggests programs that may be most successful in Canada.

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Jun 30, 2021
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Charting the Future of Insurance Regulation in Ontario – FSRA Takes Aim at Auto, and Health and Life Insurance for Increased Oversight and Consumer Protection

FSRA has set out its strategic direction and priorities for the insurance sector in its 2021-24 Annual Business Plan.

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Jun 30, 2021
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ICMA Green Bond Principles Undergo Minor Facelift

Legal news bulletin discussing recent changes to ICMA Green Bond Principles.

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Jun 17, 2021
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Canadian Privacy Commissioners Issue Joint Guidance on Vaccine Passports

Commissioners warn that privacy considerations must be “front and centre” as organizations develop and implement vaccine passports in the coming months

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May 25, 2021
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Commercial Leases During the COVID-19 Lockdown: Where are we Headed?

Ontario has also passed legislation to protect commercial tenants.

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May 17, 2021
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Stopping a Slippery Slope: Ontario Divisional Court Clarifies that Auto Insurance Coverage Applies Only to Direct Causes of Injuries

Ontario Divisional Court clarifies that automobile insurance only applies to direct causes of injury under the Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule.

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May 12, 2021
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What Are You Suing Me For? I Had No Control: Lessor Fleet Liability

The decision in Barz concerns the interplay between Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Traffic Safety Act.

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May 12, 2021
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OSFI Issues Final IFRS 17 Regulatory Forms and Instructions for Federally Regulated Insurers

On April 30, 2021, OSFI released a letter to all FRIs advising that it has issued the final IFRS 17 Regulatory Forms and Instructions (the “Returns”)

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May 8, 2021
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Upcoming Changes to Ontario’s Auto Insurance Regime

The regulation of Ontario’s auto insurance market may undergo several key changes to enhance consumer protection and foster greater competition and innovation.

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Apr 12, 2021
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OSFI Announces Proposed Amendments to the Vested Asset Regime for Foreign Insurance Companies Operating in Canada on a Branch Basis

The authors discuss OSFI's announcement of three proposed amendments to the vested asset regime for foreign insurance companies operating as a branch in Canada

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Apr 6, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Employees: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark?

There are vaccines, and there will be (at some point) enough for everyone in Canada to receive it. But what happens if your employees refuse to be vaccinated?

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Dec 23, 2020
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implementation of reinsurance security agreements: an update and new guidance from OSFI

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions ("OSFI"), Canada's federal regulator of banks, insurers, loan and trust companies and similar institutions, issued new Guidance in December 2010 (the "RSA Guidance") which requires Canadian insurance companies that reinsure with reinsurers not registered in Canada ("unregistered reinsurers") to convert their existing security arrangements governed by reinsurance trust agreements ("RTAs") into reinsurance security agreements ("RSAs") in order to continue to receive capital/asset credit in respect of the unregistered reinsurance.

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Dec 18, 2020
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Occupiers’ Liability Amendment: Ontario Shortens Notice Periods for Snow and Ice Related Claims

On December 8 2020 Ontario passed Bill 118 amending the Occupiers Liability Act and shortening the notice period in slip and fall claims from 2 years to 60 days

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Dec 18, 2020
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The Cessation of the 6-month and 12-month CDOR Tenors

Refinitiv announced that the calculation and publication of the 6-month and 12-month tenors of CDOR would cease indefinitely effective as of May 17, 2021.

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Dec 17, 2020
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OSFI’s New Draft Guideline E-4 Relating to Foreign Entity Branches: A Comparative Analysis to Existing Guidance

OSFI opens consultation for Draft Guideline E-4: Foreign Entities Operating in Canada on a Branch Basis, which will replace existing guidelines E-4A and E-4B.

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Nov 3, 2020
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Canada’s New Cybersecurity Certification Goes Live

The federal government has launched a voluntary CyberSecure program to help small and medium-sized organizations protect against cybersecurity threats

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Oct 13, 2020
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Mandatory Indoor Face Coverings: What Ontario Employers Need to Know

Mandatory Indoor Face Coverings: What Ontario Employers Need to Know

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Oct 6, 2020
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Sanctions Alert: Canada Reimposes Sanctions on Belarus

Canada announced on September 29, 2020, that it would re-impose more targeted economic sanctions against Belarusian high-ranking public officials

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Sep 30, 2020
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And We’re Back! OSFI Resumes IFRS 17 Initiatives

OSFI updates Federally Regulated Insurers on the implementation of the International Financial Reporting Standard
17 as policy work resumes.

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Aug 12, 2020
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Ontario Amends Employment Standards Legislation in Response to COVID-19

Ontario passes new protected leave of absence for employees impacted by COVID-19, and suggests COVID-19
cases should be reported as occupational illnesses.

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Aug 5, 2020
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Supreme Court of Canada Affirms the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, Weighing Autonomy, Privacy, and Accessibility of Insurance

Impacts on insurers from recent decision in which SCC upholds protections for privacy and autonomy through the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act

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Jul 22, 2020
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OSFI to Resume Policy Development Work in the Fall of 2020

With conditions stabilizing across many parts of the country and economic recovery beginning, it is an appropriate time to resume policy work, details to come.

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Jul 16, 2020
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Significant Expansion of Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protections amid COVID-19: What you need to know

Bill 188 made significant amendments to PHIPA, which affect technology companies, and potentially insurers, who provide access to personal health information.

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Jul 15, 2020
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Privacy Penalties – Canadian Competition Bureau Wades Into Privacy Enforcement

Organizations operating in Canada are advised to immediately review their privacy-related policies and marketing to avoid false or misleading representations

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May 26, 2020
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OSFI Outlines Additional Regulatory Adjustments to Foster Financial Resilience and Stability During COVID-19

Further to OSFI's March 27 letter, OSFI announced more adjustments to existing capital requirements for banks and insurers to respond to the impacts of COVID-19

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Apr 15, 2020
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OSFI’s Regulatory Adjustments in Response to COVID-19 Impacts

On March 27, 2020, OSFI announced a number of sector-specific measures to support federally regulated banks, insurers and private pension plans.

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Mar 31, 2020
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Unbearable Lite-ness: Lenders’ Remedies in the Age of Missing Covenants

The author discusses the recent trend toward borrower-friendly loan documents and the remedies available to lenders in Canada.

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Mar 23, 2020
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Does Your Business Interruption Insurance Cover You for COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet contained and while governments struggle to respond, businesses are bracing for the inevitable economic downturn.

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Mar 23, 2020
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Coronavirus: Harbinger of a New (Old) Approach to Restructuring in Canada?

Restructuring options and challenges in the time of COVID-19.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Is Your Refrigerator Limitation Period Running? Maybe Not Where One Party Promises to Fix the Problem

Limitation periods will not run where a party assures another it will fix the problem between them, and that party reasonably relies on that assurance.

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Jan 7, 2020
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Contact Information Posted on Websites Not Necessarily Up for Grabs

Investigation findings of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner highlight issues surrounding the use of personal contact information posted on websites

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Dec 19, 2019
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Ontario Court Suggests Terminated Salespeople are Fish Out of Water

Recent Ontario decision calls into question prior holdings about the transferability of salespersons' skills.

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Dec 16, 2019
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Party Cannot Negotiate Certification Defeat from the Jaws of Contested Victory

The British Columbia Supreme Court (“Court”) recently dismissed a party's second application attempt to certify their class action in Leonard v The Manufacturers Life Insurance (“Leonard”).

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Jun 1, 2019
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So You Want to Insure Risks in Canada, Eh? A Guide To Becoming A Licensed Insurer

There are two levels of government that regulate insurers in Canada.

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Apr 23, 2019
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OSFI Boots Up Cyber Safety with its New Advisory on Technology and Cyber Security Incident Reporting

On January 24, 2019, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (“OSFI”) published the Technology and Cyber Security Incident Reporting Advisory (the “Advisory”), which sets out OSFI’s expectations for reporting technology and cyber security incidents.

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Feb 6, 2019
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OSFI adds the Earthquake Exposure Data Return to its Late and Erroneous Filing Penalty Framework

OSFI introduced the Late and Erroneous Filing Penalty ("LEFP") Framework in 2002 as a way to encourage timely and error-free filing.

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Jan 31, 2019
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OSFI’s Revised Corporate Governance Guideline Goes Live

On September 18, 2018 the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions issued the final version of its Corporate Governance Guideline

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Oct 3, 2018
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Adoption of financial sector reform goes ahead in Québec, but government backtracks on certain proposed changes in the insurance sector

As a result of the adoption of the Financial Sector Reform Act, several key pieces of legislation are amended or replaced entirely.

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Sep 5, 2018
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OSFI Updates its Transaction Instructions for FRFIs’ Purchase or Redemption of Shares and Reduction of Stated Capital

On August 17, 2018, the OSFI revised its transaction instructions relating to the consent and reporting obligations of FRFIs entering into transactions

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Aug 29, 2018
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Insurance Regulators Team Up to Strengthen Consumer Protection

On May 3, 2018, the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators ("CCIR") and the Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations ("CISRO") released a joint

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May 31, 2018
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PIPEDA – How to Obtain “Meaningful” Consent, and When Consent is Not Enough

On April 19, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the "CSA") published new draft rules governing the registration of derivatives market participants.

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May 30, 2018
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New Public Disclosure Requirements for Canadian Life Insurers

New Public Disclosure Requirements for Canadian Life Insurers

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Apr 3, 2018
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The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

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Mar 20, 2018
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The “20% rule”: Quebec’s New Bill 150 clarifies the distinction between damage insurance “agencies” and “brokerage firms”

The "20% rule": Quebec's New Bill 150 clarifies the distinction between damage insurance "agencies" and "brokerage firms"

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Nov 9, 2017
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Much awaited Bill 141 promises to shake up legislation regulating insurance, financial services and real estate and mortgage brokers in Quebec

Much awaited Bill 141 promises to shake up legislation regulating insurance, financial services and real estate and mortgage brokers in Quebec

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Oct 20, 2017
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Cybercrime Insurance Coverage Caselaw: Welcome to Canada?

Cybercrime Insurance Coverage Caselaw: Welcome to Canada?

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Aug 21, 2017
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What’s in a Name? When Profit Sharing “Insurance” is not Insurance under the Insurance Act

What's in a Name? When Profit Sharing "Insurance" is not Insurance under the Insurance Act

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Jun 16, 2017
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The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017

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Feb 1, 2017
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CSA Publish Final Proxy Voting Protocols

CSA Publish Final Proxy Voting Protocols

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Feb 1, 2017
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Proposed Amendments Could Shake Up Vancouver’s Short-Term Rental Market

Proposed Amendments Could Shake Up Vancouver's Short-Term Rental Market

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Oct 17, 2016
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Rolling Back Sattva: Appeal Courts Can Second Guess Contractual Interpretation

Rolling Back Sattva: Appeal Courts Can Second Guess Contractual Interpretation

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Sep 26, 2016
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OSFI’s Final Guideline on ORM is Less Prescriptive and Levels the Playing Field

OSFIs Final Guideline on ORM is Less Prescriptive and Levels the Playing Field

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Jul 14, 2016
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OSFI Publishes Letter regarding the Tightening of its Supervisory Expectations for Mortgage Underwriting

OSFI Publishes Letter regarding the Tightening of its Supervisory Expectations for Mortgage Underwriting

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Jul 13, 2016
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New Rules for Asset Sales by Insolvent Producers (at least for now)

New Rules for Asset Sales by Insolvent Producers (at least for now)

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May 24, 2016
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The 10 most important issues General Counsel should know about Risk Transfer involving Insurance

The 10 most important issues General Counsel should know about Risk Transfer involving Insurance.

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Safeguarding Data Transfers of Federally Regulated Entities: Within Canada and Beyond

Safeguarding Data Transfers of Federally Regulated Entities: Within Canada and Beyond

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Apr 26, 2016
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Let the Experts Explain the Benefits

Let the Experts Explain the Benefits

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Mar 23, 2016
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The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2016

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2016

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Feb 1, 2016
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Does Canada need a terrorism risk insurance scheme?

Does Canada need a terrorism risk insurance scheme?

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Dec 5, 2015
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Developments in cyber-risk insurance coverage

Developments in cyber-risk insurance coverage

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Oct 27, 2015
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Cyber risk insurance: driving the risk management process

Insurers and other insurance professionals have traditionally been well positioned to drive improvements in risk management processes.

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Oct 20, 2015
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Cyber risk insurance: driving the risk management process

Cyber risk insurance: driving the risk management process

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Oct 20, 2015
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Industry Healthcheck: Current Landscape

Insurers in Canada are required to implement a system of enterprise-wide risk management that identifies the inherent risks in their activities and manages those risks to appropriately defined levels.

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Oct 6, 2015
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Insurance Intermediation Activities and Insurance Intermediaries

Insurance Intermediation Activities and Insurance Intermediaries

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Sep 30, 2015
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Representation and Warranties Insurance

Representation and Warranties Insurance

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Sep 30, 2015
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New OSFI Guideline on Operational Risk Management

New OSFI Guideline on Operational Risk Management

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Sep 9, 2015
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OSFI Publishes Draft of Revised Guideline for Minimum Capital Test for Federally Regulated Property and Casualty Insurance Companies

OSFI Publishes Draft of Revised Guideline for Minimum Capital Test For Federally Regulated Property and Casualty Insurance Companies

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Aug 26, 2015
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Final Demutualization Regulations Published

Final Demutualization Regulations Published

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Jul 27, 2015
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The Feeling’s “Demutual”Draft Federal Legislation Released for Demutualization of Property and Casualty Insurance Companies

The Feeling's "Demutual" Draft Federal Legislation Released for Demutualization of Property and Casualty Insurance Companies

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Mar 19, 2015
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Upcoming Changes to Saskatchewan Insurance Legislation

Upcoming Changes to Saskatchewan Insurance Legislation

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Feb 18, 2015
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OSFI Developments Toward a New Life Insurance Capital Framework

OSFI Developments Toward a New Life Insurance Capital Framework

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Feb 3, 2015
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OSFI’s Revamped, Risk-Based MCT Guideline in Place for 2015

OSFI's Revamped, Risk-Based MCT Guideline in Place for 2015

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Sep 26, 2014
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OSFI to Require Advance Notification of Changes to Board Membership/Senior Management

OSFI to Require Advance Notification of Changes to Board Membership/Senior Management

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Jan 22, 2014
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OSFI clarifies expectations for implementation of revised corporate governance guideline

OSFI clarifies expectations for implementation of revised corporate governance guideline

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Feb 25, 2013
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OSFI issues new draft corporate governance guideline

OSFI issues new draft corporate governance guideline

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Sep 26, 2012