Licensing of Insurers

​Insurance companies must be licensed to operate in Canada. Licensing is managed by federal and/or provincial governments.

Insurance companies - licensing

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) regulates federally registered property and casualty insurance companies across Canada.

OSFI provides historical information about federal insurers, such as: amalgamations; dissolutions; withdrawals from Canada; and name changes. This list can help you identify defunct companies since 1980s.

Insurance companies are also subject to provincial and territorial government regulation. You can verify if your insurance company is authorized in your province by checking the resources listed below. 

Province

Insurance Companies Licensed

British Columbia

British Columbia Financial Institutions Commission

Alberta

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance

Saskatchewan

Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Superintendent of Insurance, Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Financial Institutions Regulations Branch

Ontario

Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario: Licensed Insurance Companies in Ontario

Quebec

Autorité des marchés financiers: List of insurers (includes both P&C + life insurance)

New Brunswick

Financial and Consumer Services Commission

Newfoundland and Labrador

Service NL
(scroll down to Table V of the most recent Annual Report of the Superintendent of Insurance)

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Finance and Treasury Board: Office of the Superintendent of Insurance
(List not available online. Insurer licensing inquiries: 902-424-6331)

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

PEI Department of Justice and Public Safety. Consumer, Labour and Financial Services Division. Office of the Superintendent of Insurance

(Search insurance companies in the Corporate / Business Name Registry. Choose registration type "insurance companies":http://www.gov.pe.ca/corporations/index.php)