Insurance industry steps up to help Canadians affected by Hurricane Fiona

Insurance industry steps up to help Canadians affected by Hurricane Fiona | Insurance Business Canada

Insurance industry steps up to help Canadians affected by Hurricane Fiona

The Canadian insurance industry is providing support to those affected by the post-tropical Cyclone Fiona, which cut a destructive path through Atlantic Canada.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has deployed its Virtual Community Assistance Mobile Pavilion (CAMP) in the region, to help affected homeowners with their pressing insurance needs following the devastating storm.

"Tragically, Hurricane Fiona has resulted in multiple lives lost, and our hearts go out to the families and friends coping with tremendous grief during this difficult time," said IBC Atlantic vice president Amanda Dean. "There has been widespread destruction to property and public infrastructure across Atlantic Canada.

“Our thoughts are with all those whose lives have been disrupted and whose property has been damaged. While recovery efforts continue, rest assured that anyone whose property or vehicle was damaged can contact their insurance representative when they are ready to start the claims process.

The IBC has also created a dedicated webpage for “Fiona recovery” resources and information, which can be accessed through the bureau’s official website.

Insurance companies have also gone out of their way to provide donations to the Canadian Red Cross, in support of Fiona relief efforts. Aviva Canada and Sun Life have each donated $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross’ Hurricane Fiona in Canada Appeal, while Gore Mutual announced that it has pitched in $50,000.

“We are here to support impacted Canadians, local communities and our customers in these challenging times and are committed to getting them back into their homes and businesses as soon as conditions permit,” said Aviva Canada CEO Jason Storah.

"The situation in Eastern Canada is devastating and we are here for our clients, advisors, employees, and neighbours in our communities impacted by Hurricane Fiona," said Sun Life president and CEO Kevin Strain.

“As a modern mutual, we have a long-standing history of supporting communities in their time of need,” said Gore Mutual CEO Andy Taylor. “Hurricane Fiona has had a catastrophic impact on those in Atlantic Canada and we hope this donation will aid residents as they begin to rebuild.”

On top of its $100,000 donation, Aviva Canada also announced that it would double match all additional employee donations towards the cause.