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					Insurance in Prince Edward Island
What You Need to Know
    KNOW YOUR POLICY
    Insurance is an important part of your financial security.



    INSURANCE CAN HELP YOU WHEN:


                        •   an auto collision prevents you from working;


     •   a severe weather event leaves you with no place to live; or



                              •   property damage interrupts your business.




    It’s important that you take
    the time to carefully choose an
    insurance policy that best suits
    your needs and finances.

    It’s equally important that you
    read your policy to know what is
    covered and what is not covered.
    If you have any questions, don’t
    hesitate to ask your insurance
    representative or call your
    insurance company.




      DID YOU KNOW?
      Insurance is all about pooling risk. The premiums of the many pay for the losses
      of the few. Even if you haven’t had a claim, sometimes your rate will go up
      because of the actions of others.

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              COMPETITION AND CHOICE
Competition works!
Consumers are best served when insurance companies compete
for business by offering different products and services at the
lowest rates possible.


In most other countries, auto insurance prices and products are determined
by competition, not by government approval. In PEI, any changes to your
auto insurance premiums must first be approved by the government
regulator. However, even within the constraints of regulatory control,
companies still have to compete to get your business.




SHOP AROUND

                 A competitive marketplace allows consumers to shop
                 around for the products, prices and services that best suit
                 their needs. It pays to shop around for insurance in the
                 same way you would for other important goods or services.



There are three ways you can buy insurance:
1. From a broker who deals with a number of insurance companies
   and who tries to find you the best deal; or
2. From an agent who sells insurance for just one company; or
3. Directly from an insurance company through a call centre
   and/or website.
If you buy your insurance through a broker, make sure to ask which
companies your broker represents.




    FACT: In PEI, 47 companies sell auto insurance and 37 sell home insurance.

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    WATER IS THE NEW FIRE
    Today, water is the leading cause of property damage in Canada.
    Losses related to water damage now cost Canadian insurers and
    policyholders at least $1.3 billion annually.



                                           Water damage caused by sewer
                                           backup is covered if it is included in
                                           your home insurance policy. Sewer
                                           backups can happen during intense
                                           rainstorms when aging municipal
                                           sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure
                                           becomes overloaded. Talk to your
                                           insurance representative to see if
                                           you’re covered.




     What to do after water damages your property:
          Be careful! Don’t turn on any electrical switches until your electrical
          system has been checked. If you have gas service, check for fumes.
          Protect your property from further damage. Board up holes or
          shut off water supplies to ensure your belongings are not damaged
          further. Move items out of wet basements and away from flooded
          parts of your home.
          Call your insurance representative. Let your insurance representative
          know what has happened as soon as possible. Your representative will
          work with you to assess the damage and see that you are compensated
          as quickly as possible for any losses covered by your policy.



      WHY ISN’T OVERLAND FLOODING COVERED BY HOME INSURANCE?
      Insurance is designed to spread risk among many policyholders. Generally,
      flooding is a risk for only a small percentage of the population – those who live
      on flood plains or in flood-prone areas. As a result, the price of flood coverage
      would be very high for the small number of people who would need it.
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                                 UNNATURAL DISASTERS
  The year 2010 proved to be another record-breaker for weather-
  related events. Severe weather across the country caused personal
  suffering and tremendous economic losses for Canadians.
  Unsurprisingly, the increased severity and frequency of weather
  events also led to a significant rise in insurance claims costs.

  ATLANTIC HURRICANES AND RAINS
  In September, hurricanes hit Atlantic Canada with ferocity. Hurricane Earl and
  Hurricane Igor together caused over $75 million in insured damage. In December,
  several severe storms hit Atlantic Canada, causing an estimated $51.4 million in
  insured damage.




Source: PEI Emergency Measures Organization

   Community Assistance Mobile Pavilion (CAMP)
   When disasters do strike, IBC’s Community Assistance Mobile Pavilion (CAMP)
   can assist victims by providing on-site insurance information. Officially launched
   in May 2010, IBC deploys CAMP in cases of significant insured losses to help
   Canadians with their insurance questions.
                                                      Whether it involves sending
                                                      out trained insurance
                                                      professionals to a disaster site
                                                      to offer assistance, staffing
                                                      its Consumer Information
                                                      Centre 24/7 to take calls from
                                                      victims, or working with local
                                                      government officials and media
                                                      to disseminate important safety
                                                      and insurance information,
                                                      IBC is ready to help consumers
                                                      when disaster hits.
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    HELPING CONTROL
    YOUR PREMIUMS
    To ensure you’re getting the most out of your home, car or
    business insurance, review your policy carefully and follow
    these premium-saving tips:


                                TIPS
        ✔ SHOP around and compare. Think carefully about the type of
          coverage you need. Details matter.

        ✔ REQUEST a higher deductible. Your premiums will be lower if
          you agree to increase the amount of a claim you are willing to
          pay out of your pocket.

        ✔ MANAGE your risks. For example, install a monitored burglar
          or fire alarm system in your home or business and install an
          approved theft deterrent system in your vehicle.

        ✔ LOOK for policy-bundling discounts. If you already have auto
          insurance with one company, ask about buying home insurance
          from that company.

        ✔ SPEAK to an insurance professional when purchasing business
          insurance. They will work to understand your particular business
          and give you the best advice.


      DO RENTERS NEED INSURANCE? The answer is Yes.
      Tenant insurance can offer you protection in several ways: by insuring
      your contents, by protecting you from liability and by providing additional
      living expenses should your rented premises become uninhabitable.


      DID YOU KNOW?
      You should insure your home according to what it would cost to rebuild it in
      the event it is destroyed. This amount is called the replacement cost, and it is
      different from the market value of your home and even from your tax assessment
      value. An accurate assessment of your home’s replacement cost is essential to
      making sure you have enough coverage. Talk to your insurance representative.
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                                      LOSS PREVENTION
To prevent or minimize                               DON’T FORGET TO:
water damage:
•     Install a sump pump.                     •    Develop a disaster preparedness
•     Where by-laws allow,                          plan and create an emergency
      install a sewer backup or                     preparedness kit for your family.
      backflow valve.
                                                   To learn more about what to include
•     Use a rain barrel to catch                   in your emergency kit, visit ibc.ca.
      water runoff.
•     Ensure proper grading                    •    Make an inventory of your
      around your home.                             possessions, include photos, keep
•     Remove or elevate valuables                   it in a safe place and update it at
      from basement floors.                         least once per year.
                                               •    Report any home renovations
To prevent or minimize                              to your insurance company.
wind damage:                                   •    Make sure your home is properly
•     Install impact-resistant                      insured. Start by completing a
      windows.                                      home assessment checklist.
•     Reinforce garage doors.
                                                   Visit ibc.ca to complete your home
•     Keep trees and shrubbery                     assessment checklist.
      well trimmed.
                                               •    Install an approved theft
To keep water in pipes                              deterrent system in your car.
from freezing:                                      Keep valuables in the trunk or
•     Fit exposed pipes with                        glove compartment.
      insulation sleeves.                      •    Never leave your car unlocked
•     Open all cabinet doors                        and running.
      during a cold spell to allow             •    Don’t drive distracted!
      warm air to circulate.                        Distracted drivers can be just
                                                    as impaired as drunk drivers.


    FOR MORE INFORMATION about home, car or business insurance,
    please contact Insurance Bureau of Canada.
    ATLANTIC CONSUMER INFORMATION CENTRE
    Toll-free: 1-800-565-7189 ext. 227 or 228 (Atlantic Provinces only)
    Hours: M–F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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                  CLIMATE ADAPTATION
                  Canadians are witnessing the devastating effects of extreme
                  weather from coast to coast.
                  IBC has been an active champion of climate adaptation across Canada,
                  developing new ways to help consumers and communities prevent water-
                  related losses, sharing important adaptation messages and calling on
                  governments to improve municipal infrastructure.


                                                           IBC is developing the world’s first and only
                                                           MUNICIPAL RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL to
                                                           help municipalities identify sanitary and
                                                           storm sewer infrastructure weaknesses and
                                                           allocate funds where the risks are greatest.


    To help residents of PEI withstand extreme weather events, IBC continues to:
    ✔ Advocate for the improvement of current sanitary/storm sewer infrastructure
      in the most vulnerable communities.
    ✔ Promote regular maintenance of infrastructure in communities less at risk.
    ✔ Encourage sound water management and land-use policies to control runoff
      that enters wastewater systems.
    ✔ Research ways to make homes and buildings more resilient to rain, extreme
      wind and fire.



                             During the Be Smart.
     ROLL OUT THE BARRELS…




                             Be Safe. Atlantic summer
                             tour, IBC promoted the use
                             of rain barrels to help PEI                DID YOU KNOW?
                             residents combat increased             If each household in a city of
                             precipitation. This old-             27,000 people used rain barrels
                             fashioned solution could             to collect rainwater, that would
                             help reduce the stress on           keep 1.25 million gallons of water
                             aging sewer and surface
                                                                  - the equivalent of 2.5 Olympic
                             water systems struggling
                                                                 swimming pools – from entering
                             to handle excess water
                             from storms.                                 the sewer system.

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                                                         KEEPING PEI SAFE
Be Smart. Be Safe. Summer Tour 2010

                                                                  Last summer, for the sixth
                                                                  consecutive year, IBC’s award-
                                                                  winning Be Smart. Be Safe.
                                                                  community outreach tour
                                                                  travelled the Atlantic region,
                                                                  touching down in each province
                                                                  to teach residents how to lead
                                                                  safer lives and protect their
                                                                  property.


Bill Adams, IBC’s Vice President, Atlantic, presents a $500 donation to the
Honourable Doug Currie, PEI’s Minister of Education to go toward PEI’s
Community Arts Opportunities Program promoting injury prevention.


    IN 2010, THE ATLANTIC BE SMART. BE SAFE. TOUR:
    ✔ Visited 77 fairs and events.
    ✔ Covered 46,000 km over 142 days.
    ✔ Used the DUMB Car 2.0 simulator to show the dangers of distracted driving.
    ✔ Demonstrated the use of rain barrels to prevent basement flooding.
    ✔ Provided tips on what to include in an emergency survival kit.
    Throughout the tour, IBC donated $9,000 to community groups throughout
    Atlantic Canada.



  Wesley J. Sheridan (front), PEI’s Minister of
  Finance and Municipal Affairs and MLA for
 Kensington-Malpeque, talks on a cellphone
    to Bush Dumville (behind), MLA for West
  Royalty-Springvale, while navigating IBC’s
      DUMB Car 2.0 safe-driving simulator at
  the May 25, 2010 launch of IBC’s Be Smart.
     Be Safe. Tour in Charlottetown, PEI. Chris
     Renshaw (left), a Be Smart. Be Safe. Tour
  student ambassador, and Bill Adams, IBC’s
        Vice-President for Atlantic, look on as
             Sheridan is driven to distraction.
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     AUTO INSURANCE IN PEI
                 Competition and choice,
          affordable coverage and ample
                  benefits for consumers.


     Despite the recent recession, PEI’s auto insurance rates are stable - a strong
     indicator that the current system is working.

                                                                   • Seven years ago, cost-saving
                         Provincial Comparison                       auto insurance reforms were
       1,500                Auto Insurance                           introduced in PEI. Since then,
                                                                     average yearly auto insurance
       1,200
                                                                     premiums have dropped by
        900
                                                                     17.5% - from $919 in 2004 to
                                                                     $758 today.
        600
                                                                   • Auto insurance rates in PEI
        300                                                          are some of the lowest in the
                                                                     country, yet drivers still receive
          0
               ON   AB    NB   NF   NS   PEI   BC   MT   SK   QC     generous accident benefits
                                                                     coverage (up to $25,000 in
     Source: IBC, Auto Map 2009                                      medical and rehabilitation
     Public provinces: public+private                                payments).

        The bottom line: Private auto insurers are committed to working with the
        PEI government to ensure a fair and balanced insurance system – one that
        provides robust benefits for those who make claims and affordable
        premiums for all who drive.


           THE MINOR INJURY CAP: DID YOU KNOW?
           • Islanders enjoy a generous package of benefits to help them get better after a
             collision, regardless of fault.
           • The cap doesn’t affect the compensation victims receive from their insurer to heal
             from their injuries, including lost wages.
           • The $2,500 minor injury cap applies only to the pain and suffering awards a victim
             may recover from an at-fault driver for a minor injury; it does not affect the right to
             recover any economic loss resulting from the collision.
           • People suffering serious and permanent injuries in a collision can seek pain and
             suffering awards that greatly exceed $2,500 from an at-fault driver.
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    INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES
    Insurance has been called the ”oxygen of the economy.” It facilitates
    economic growth by helping individuals and businesses take risks
    they couldn’t otherwise take. When tragedy strikes or accidents
    happen, Canada’s P&C insurers are there to help Canadians recover.
    In 2009, insurers paid out over $26 billion in claims, including more
    than $543 million to policyholders in PEI.

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     Can econom                                                     114,000 Canadians.

                        Invested over
                     $88 billion in
                  government
                and                                   Paid $7.3 billion in
             corporate             taxes and levies to federal, provincial
           bonds.                  and municipal governments.



              In addition, PEI insurers paid $2 million in health care levies to the province
              to cover the cost of treating people injured in automobile collisions.


                     THE INSURANCE DOLLAR                                      DID YOU KNOW?
                      Where does your money go?
                  7-year national average (2004–2010)                          Canada’s P&C insurance
                                                                               industry is one of the
                                                                               most highly taxed and
                                10.5¢                                          regulated industries in
                                        Profit                                 the country.


    53.1¢                                        15.9¢                         Canada’s P&C insurers
                                                                               are very conservative
                                                    Back to Communities
        Back to                                     (Taxes)                    investors, with 83% of
  Policyholders                                                                their investment portfolio
       (Claims)                                                                in secure bonds and
                                                  20.5¢                        debentures making them
                                                                               less vulnerable to stock
                                                 Operating and
                                                 Regulatory Costs              market fluctuations.

Source: IBC, MSA Research                                                                                11
                                  THE FACTS YOU NEED,
                                  AT A GLANCE.
                                  Insurance in PEI: What You Need to Know
                                  provides important information at a glance
                                  about home, car and business insurance.

                                  Inside you’ll find updates on key trends
                                  affecting insurance in PEI – such as severe
                                  weather – and learn what the industry is doing
                                  to help.

  Also inside are facts about the industry’s economic footprint – how private
  insurers contribute to PEI’s economy through jobs, investments and claims
  paid to policyholders in the wake of misfortune.

  Finally, you’ll find tips and advice on how to control your premiums, get
  the best coverage and protect yourself, your family and your property
  against loss.


Insurance Bureau of Canada – representing Canada’s private home, car and business
        insurers and promoting consumer understanding for over 45 years.

                          QUESTIONS? WE’RE HERE.
    Our Consumer Information Centre responds to thousands of inquiries each year
                on all aspects of home, car and business insurance.
   If you have questions or require additional copies of this booklet, please contact:

                   Insurance Bureau of Canada’s
                   Consumer Information Centre
                   Toll-free: 1-800-565-7189 ext. 227 or 228
                   (Atlantic Provinces only)
                   Hours: M–F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
                   or visit ibc.ca
                                                                               PEI/03/2011


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DO YOU HAVE A DOMESTIC
HEATING OIL TANK?
UNDERSTAND YOUR INSURANCE POLICY.

If you use oil heat in your home, it is important to know what
is covered by your home insurance policy. Even a small oil spill
can be serious, and costly.

Homeowner policies can vary, so talk to your insurance
representative to find out what your policy covers.



   ASK: ARE YOU COVERED IF …
    • an oil spill is contained within your property?
    • an oil spill affects your neighbour?
                                                             ?      d
    • your tank is vandalized? (e.g. copper line is stolen or damaged. )

   FIND OUT:
    • how to best maintain your oil tank.
    • if you are responsible for damage to the tank.

   CHECK:
   ✔ with your insurance representative about your insurer’s
     underwriting rules for oil tanks (e.g. age of tank, life expectancy
     of various tanks, preferred tank materials.)
   ✔ with your provincial government to see if there are regulations
     you need to follow when buying or installing a new oil tank.
DID YOU KNOW?
• One litre of leaked oil can contaminate one million litres of drinking water.
• A pinhole leak can empty 1,000 litres of oil in about eight hours.
• The clean-up related to oil spills can cost anywhere from $50,000 – $1,000,000.
• Even a small spill could require replacing your tank, supply lines and removing
  all contaminated soil.



HELP PREVENT COSTLY OIL SPILLS!
•   Inspect your tank often. Look for signs of corrosion like rust lines along
    the bottom.
•   Protect your tank lines from foot and vehicle traffic.
•   Secure your tank on a concrete pad to avoid tipping.
•   Keep your roof, tank, lines and connections clear of snow and ice.
•   Consider using accessories that help protect and maintain your oil tank,
    such as a valve protector.




                             QUESTIONS? WE’RE HERE.
          CONTACT IBC’S ATLANTIC CONSUMER INFORMATION CENTRE
                   Toll-free: 1-800-565-7189 ext. 227 or 228
                        Hours: M–F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

				
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