More than $875 million in insured damage across Ontario and Quebec
TORONTO, June 15, 2022 /CNW/ - The destructive and deadly storm that swept through southern Ontario and parts of Quebec on Saturday, May 21, caused over $875 million in insured damage, according to initial estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Damage in Ontario is estimated to be over $720 million, while the storm caused an estimated $155 million of damage in Quebec. This storm now ranks as the sixth largest in Canadian history in terms of insured losses – surpassing the Toronto flood of 2005. The derecho caused widespread damage to property, extensive power outages and sadly, loss of life.
"As we begin to contemplate the enormity of the financial losses, we must pause for a moment in the face of the loss of life," said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). "This was largely an insurable event and insurers have been on the ground since Day 1, working hard to help their customers throughout the entire claims process. And, insurers will be there until all claims from their policyholders have been processed. Those with general insurance questions are encouraged to contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC."
The powerful storm, described as a derecho, was far-reaching and impacted a densely populated corridor across southern Ontario and into Quebec. Close to 30,000 homes in Ontario and Quebec were without power for more than a week after the storm. Although hail and torrential rain accompanied the storm, wind caused most of the property damage.
The derecho event ranks as the sixth largest in terms of insured losses in Canadian history and is a sobering reminder of the increasing risk climate change poses to communities across Canada. IBC continues to advocate for a National Adaptation Strategy that will result in tangible short-term measures that improve Canada's climate defence. Governments at all levels must act with urgency to prioritize investments that reduce the impact of these severe weather events on families and communities.
Damage caused by wind is typically covered by home, commercial property and comprehensive auto insurance policies. IBC reminds residents that the insurance industry is committed to assisting its customers throughout the entire claims process for this and any other severe weather event.
IBC launched its virtual Community Assistance Mobile Pavilion (CAMP) immediately following the May 21 storm to assist impacted residents with their insurance questions. In southern Ontario, where the damage was most extensive, IBC was on the ground in Ottawa with CAMP shortly thereafter. CAMP is still operating virtually and consumers with insurance questions are encouraged to contact IBC at 1-844-2ask-IBC (1-844-227-5422) or ConsumerCentre@ibc.ca. For more insurance information related to this storm and severe weather in general, please visit http://www.ibc.ca/on/disaster/wind.
More can be done to prevent damage and injuries from severe wind events through low-cost and effective changes to national and provincial building codes. Canada must develop a comprehensive plan to close governance gaps and improve climate defence overall. This also includes investments in new infrastructure to lessen the impact of floods and fires on communities, better land-use planning and, increasingly, the creation of incentives to shift the development of homes and businesses away from areas of highest risk. IBC is committed to working closely with the private sector, first responders and governments to improve Canada's preparedness for and resilience to severe weather events.
The amount of insured damage is an estimate provided by CatIQ (www.catiq.com) under licence to IBC.
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SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada
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