Southern Ontario storms cause $105 million in insured damage

October 25, 2021 (TORONTO) – Storms that hit southern Ontario on September 7 and September 22 caused $105 million in insured damage, according to initial estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). These storms caused extensive damage across southern Ontario.

The September 7 storms included heavy rain, wind and tornadoes that caused structural damage to many properties. Downed trees left 30,000 properties without power for hours. The September 22 storms brought heavy rain and extensive flash flooding. Strong wind gusts caused damage to trees and power lines across southwestern and southcentral Ontario, leaving more than 38,000 properties without power at the peak of the storms.

"Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been disrupted and whose homes have been damaged. Canada's insurers are here to help residents recover from theses storms. IBC has been there from day one, and will continue to provide support during this difficult time. Anyone who has been impacted and has questions about their home, auto or business insurance, should call their insurance representative or call IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC. We're here to help," said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

Damage caused by wind and rain is typically covered by home, commercial property and comprehensive auto insurance policies.

"Insurers are working hard to help their clients throughout the entire claims process, and will be there until all policyholders have been looked after," said Donaldson. "Your insurer and insurance representative is committed to helping you through this devastating event."

The storms that hit southern Ontario communities last month are a sobering reminder of the increasing risks facing communities across Canada. IBC continues to advocate to governments at all levels on the urgent need to do more to prioritize investments that build resilience and better protect families and communities from a changing climate. Canada must develop a comprehensive plan to close governance gaps and improve climate defence overall, including enhancements to the current building code to protect against severe wind events. IBC is committed to working closely with the private sector 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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