Wildfires in Western Canada: Insurance advice and information - Vitally important to respect fire bans, advisories and warnings

​JULY 6, 2015 (EDMONTON) – As wildfires continue in all four western provinces and thousands of residents in Saskatchewan evacuate their homes, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reaching out with information for those affected.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by the wildfires. Everyone's first priority must be personal safety and the safety of loved ones," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC.  "We strongly urge all Western Canadians to pay close attention to local officials for up to date information with respect to fire bans, advisories and warnings amidst very dry conditions." 

Most home and business insurance policies cover fire damage; insurers are ready to assist. In certain circumstances, if residents have to leave their residence because of a mandatory evacuation order, most home and tenant's insurance policies will provide coverage for reasonable additional living expenses for a specified period of time.

When safe to do so, take these steps to begin the insurance claims process.

  • Assess and document potential damage. Taking photos can be helpful.
  • Call your insurance representative to report damages or losses.
  • Be as detailed as possible when providing information.

"While safety remains the first priority, insurers are ready to assist. If you have questions, contact your insurance representative or call IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC (1‑844‑227‑5422). We're here to help." added Adams.

As the high risk of wildfire in Western Canada continues to evolve, IBC reminds residents to take extra precautions. For wildfire safety and prevention tips, click here or visit www.ibc.ca.

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 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.  

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