The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) says it is working to find a solution to astronomically high strata insurance rates.
Rob de Pruis, IBC director of consumer and industry relations for Western Canada, says a task force has been created to engage with stakeholders and local governments across Western Canada.
“To get information from them to work towards solutions and recommendations to increase affordability and availability in commercial insurance, which strata corporations fall under.”
He says they already met in Edmonton on Wednesday.
Owners in a three-year-old Langley building told Global News last month that they were facing a premium hike from $97,000 to $371,000, and a deductible hike from $5,000 to $250,000.
That means if a problem arises in their unit, they will have to pay out of pocket up to their sky-high deductible.
De Pruis says expensive materials making up the building and extreme weather events are some of the many reasons for the spike in rates.
“The repair and maintenance schedule, the limits of coverage, the type of coverage and deductibles,” he said. “These are all factors that come into play that are unique to each property.”
His advice for stratas working towards reducing insurance risk is to strengthen building code requirements.
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James said in a statement that the provincial government is trying to help out.
“We have asked the British Columbia Financial Service Authority (BCFSA) to monitor the situation carefully and ensure we are doing everything we can to financially protect British Columbians.”
James is encouraging stratas that are having difficulty getting insurance to reach out to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
The task force will meet in Vancouver on March 17.
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