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. 


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British Columbia

BC Financial Services Authority


Alberta Treasury Board and Finance


Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

(Scroll down to the section Insurance and Real estate and select Insurers)


Financial Institutions Regulations Branch


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


Autorité des marchés financiers

New Brunswick

Financial and Consumer Services Commission

Newfoundland and Labrador

Service NL

(Scroll down to the section Insurance and Real estate and select Insurers)

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 Business / Corporate Registry

(Search insurance company by Business Name)