Desjardins introduces new flood coverage for Canadians
Lévis (Qc), March 13, 2017 - Thanks to new flood coverage--Endorsement 16d in insurance jargon--customers of Desjardins (Desjardins Insurance, The Personal and State Farm Canada) who live in low-risk areas will automatically be covered, at no charge, for damage caused by an overflowing waterway or dam break, for instance. And, with an additional premium, clients living in medium-risk areas can also take advantage of the new coverage.
95% of Desjardins policyholders can benefit from flood coverage:
- 80% insure properties in low-risk areas
- 15% insure properties in medium-risk areas
Desjardins is committed to developing products and services that offer peace of mind and meet the current and future needs of their clients. "We listened to our customers and designed this coverage with them in mind. We want to help people avoid unpleasant surprises because dealing with water damage is already difficult enough," says Denis Dubois, President and Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins General Insurance Group.
"Our flood coverage has fewer exclusions than the protections offered by the majority of our competitors. It's free for most clients and remains optional for policyholders who would have to pay for it. This gives clients the flexibility to adapt their coverage to suit their needs and their reality," adds Dubois.
Did you know?
Home insurance policies cover accidental water damage, such as a burst water pipe, leaking dishwasher or overflowing bathtub. This basic coverage can be enhanced with other optional coverage, including:
- Ground water and sewer back-up (Endorsement 16c) - Because of climate change, heavy rain events are becoming increasingly frequent, causing sewers to back up or water to pool around houses and seep in through the foundations. At Desjardins, 85% of clients have this endorsement on their home insurance policies.
- Above ground water (Endorsement 42) - 90% of Desjardins clients have this endorsement, which covers damage caused by water seeping in through the roof, for instance.
The flood endorsement (16d) launched today completes the range of optional coverage already offered by Desjardins.
A minority of Canadians live in areas with a higher risk of flooding. As it stands, they still don't have access to appropriate insurance coverage.
"We're continuing to work with the industry and the federal government to help make it easier for all Canadians living in high-risk areas to get insurance and minimize the number of homes without adequate coverage," says Dubois.
About Desjardins General Insurance Group
A subsidiary of Desjardins Group, Desjardins General Insurance Group (DGIG) is Canada's third largest provider of property and casualty insurance. The company distributes insurance under the Desjardins Insurance, The Personal, and State Farm Canada brands. DGIG is also a leader in Canada in white label distribution.