By: Luke Jones, Published on February 15, 2017 03:21 PM, Last Update on March 1, 2017 09:32 AM
The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is advising consumers to ensure their policies cover them for winter-weather related damages. The bureau posted a note on its website as an advisory to help customers determine what their level of coverage is. The note also explains what specific coverages there are and how certain policies cover against inclement weather.
IBC advisors say the note has been prompted by the recent blizzard event that occurred in Atlantic Canada. Earlier this week and over the weekend, Atlantic Canada was brought to a standstill by a major blizzard that swept across the region, depositing snow and ice pellets. Winds of 120 kilometres per hour also caused damage to properties along the Atlantic coast.
In is advisory, the IBC acknowledges the impact winter snows can have on Canadians and says knowing what insurance is in place can be or vital importance:
"Major winter storms can be difficult for families and communities and they can wreak havoc on homes and properties," said IBC vice-president, Atlantic Amanda Dean. "Knowing what your insurance policy covers when bad weather strikes can make a world of a difference. If you have insurance questions, contact your insurance representative or IBC's Consumer Information Centre. We're here to help."
In the post, the bureau listed some of the most common problems homeowners face when severe winter weather hits. The list also includes coverage options.
Finally, the IBC advises customers to contact their insurance provider for full information and understanding on their homeowner policy.