Home Owners Insurance Canada Policy Types

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Home owners insurance in Canada comes in many different policy types. But they can be broken down into four categories. Keep in mind that many insurers use their own brand names for policies.

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Comprehensive Home Owners Insurance in Canada This type of home insurance is also known as "All Risk" coverage. This means that all risks are covered, except for those that are specifically excluded. This coverage usually applies to the building and contents. But check your policy to be sure. The most common exclusions that you need to know about are flooding and earthquake.

Overall this is the best home owner insurance in Canada. Read more onComprehensive Homeowners Policy Canada here 

Named Perils Policy in Canada Also known as a basic policy, coverage is only on perils named in the policy such as fire, lightning, theft, and the like. This makes the policy more affordable but puts more risk on the insured home owner. See below for common named perils.

Limits for contents are also lower in this type of policy. 

Broad Form Home Insurance This is a hybrid between Comprehensive and Named Perils coverage. This policy gives comprehensive coverage on the dwelling building but named perils coverage on the contents. 

Basic Home Owners Policy Some insurers offer very basic or “No Frills” coverage. These policies are very limited in their coverage. They may only be offered if the dwelling to be insured does not meet the minimum standards of the insurer. Often there is a physical problem that needs to be addressed as it increased the risk of a claim. The premium may not be lower than a regular policy so it is wise to fix the problem as quickly as possible. 

Common Insurable Named Perils (broad contents, named perils)*

  • Air and vehicle impact
  • Electrical current
  • Escape of fuel oil
  • Explosion
  • Falling object
  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Riot or civil disturbance
  • Smoke
  • Theft
  • Transportation
  • Vandalism
  • Water Damage (read the limitations here!)
  • Wind and Hail

*this may vary from policy to policy

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Remember, not all companies have the same home insurance options. And many use brand names with variations of coverage. So check your policy carefully.



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