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Alberta Government Freezes Insurance Rates and Opens Up Payment Plans

By Rob Stevenson on Jan 27, 2023 2:34:54 PM

The Alberta government announced on January 25, 2023 that they would be freezing auto insurance rates and making it easier for residents to pay monthly for their insurance. We wanted to clarify what this all means for Albertans, how your it impacts your insurance premiums this year, and what it will mean going forward. 

Topics: Car Insurance Insurance Premiums Inflation Alberta Insurance
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8 Sounds Your Vehicle Makes and What They Could Mean

By Jake McCoy on Jan 20, 2023 11:15:00 AM

If your car is making any sound other than the typical operating noises, you probably have some issues with your vehicle. In order to help your avoid expensive auto repairs it's good to proactively listen to what your car is telling you. Keeping an ear out for unusual sounds in your car can help you identify potential problems early and prevent costly repairs. Here are some common car sounds and what they may indicate: 

Topics: Car Insurance
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Does the Fog Look Like Pea Soup? Here's 7 Tips to Help You Through It

By Jake McCoy on Jan 10, 2023 12:45:00 PM

If you're an Albertan like me, you're probably not used to thick fog on your commute to work. My friends and family over in BC look at this thick fog and they think nothing of it really. Today is just a regular Tuesday for them. For me? I was white knuckling it on my way into the city. In order to help my fellow Albertan's, here are 7 helpful tips to getting you through the fog safely. 

HubSpot Video
Topics: Auto Insurance Alberta Alberta Insurance Fog Defensive Driving
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Convictions: How do they impact your auto insurance?

By Jake McCoy on Dec 31, 2022 12:06:16 PM

Conviction can be a bit of a scary word. In this context, convictions are not quite as dramatic as the a Law and Order kind of convictions. In this case, a conviction refers to a driving conviction on your record. A driving conviction is when you get a pullover ticket where you were cited by the police for breaking the law.

*Note that only pull over tickets caused by your driving behaviour will impact your insurance. 

Topics: Auto Insurance
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The Car Wouldn't Start This Morning - Here's What I Did

By Jake McCoy on Dec 20, 2022 5:30:00 PM

This morning in Leduc County, where I am currently living, it was -43˚C when accounting for the wind chill. Given that it is December 20th in central Alberta, this kind of weather isn't really out of the ordinary. Living on an acreage, we park our vehicles outside on the driveway overnight. With multiple people living in the house, we have 4 vehicles on the property.

Topics: Car Insurance Culture
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Scheduling Assets on Your Home/Tenant Insurance Policy

By Jake McCoy on Dec 15, 2022 11:15:00 AM

Topics: Homeowners Insurance Tenants Insurance
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Earthquakes in Alberta - What Does Insurance Cover?

By Jake McCoy on Dec 2, 2022 2:01:39 PM

The province of Alberta is not usually known for it's natural disasters. In actuality, it's quite the opposite. The land-locked nature of the province prevents tsunamis and hurricanes, the relatively flat nature of the province isolates the risk of landslides and avalanches, and volcanic eruptions aren't a concern for obvious reasons.

Outside of forest fires and the odd tornado, Alberta is typically safe from most other kinds of natural disasters. Most people probably would have said that earthquakes are a non issue in Alberta, up until recent events anyway. 

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Travel Delays are the WORST

By Jake McCoy on Nov 23, 2022 9:45:00 AM

Airline travel is arguably one of the most dreaded parts of holidays or trips. You're trying to get to the airport on time, find a parking spot, get all your luggage and documents ready, and get everything you need to get done at the counter. Then you get to wait in the grueling lineup at airport security. All of that is just a part of the flying process. But that sinking feeling when you look up at the flight screen to see that your flight has been delayed? That feels demoralizing.  

Topics: travel insurance travelers insurance vacation Tugo My Flight My Flyt
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Glass Insurance - Should I get it?

By Jake McCoy on Nov 15, 2022 10:15:00 AM

Vehicle insurance can cover many different types of damages or losses. One of the items that your auto insurance will not likely cover is the automotive glass. Your windshield, side windows, back glass, and a sun/moon roof on your vehicle are all components that could be damaged and not have coverage. For this very reason, you can purchase supplemental glass insurance. 

Topics: Car Insurance Quote Auto Insurance Glass Insurance Auto Glass Insurance
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Out of Province Guide to Alberta Auto Insurance - Alberta is Calling

By Jake McCoy on Nov 11, 2022 11:45:00 AM

Are a Canadian citizen considering making the move to Alberta? We want to help. We understand that moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do. In order to make things a little easier, here is a short out of province guide to auto Insurance. 

Topics: Auto Insurance Out of Province Insurance Alberta Insurance
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SMI Rebrands to Sandbox Mutual Insurance

By Jake McCoy on Nov 8, 2022 2:45:00 PM

Big news coming from Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance. Our partner, SMI has rebranded as Sandbox Mutual Insurance. Sandbox has launched with a fresh new brand with amazing bright colours, a clean simple look, and a fantastic new logo. Out with the old and in with the new. 

Topics: smi Saskatchewan Insurance Sandbox Insurance Sandbox Mutual Insurance
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Navigating Alberta Driver's Licences - Alberta is Calling

By Jake McCoy on Nov 5, 2022 10:41:00 AM

Are a Canadian citizen considering making the move to Alberta? We want to help. We understand that moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do. In order to make things a little easier, here is a short guide to navigating Alberta licenses.

Topics: Teen Driver vehicle registration Armour Registry Driver's Licence
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Snowmobile Insurance Basics

By Jake McCoy on Oct 28, 2022 11:15:00 AM

Snowmobiles are a fun and exciting way to get out of the house during the cold winter months, but it's important to make sure that you're being safe and acting within the confines of the law. If you're one of the thousands of Albertans own and operate snowmobiles every year, it's important to make sure you have the right coverage for your sled. 

Topics: snowmobile Snowmobile Insurance
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Renters on Vacation

By Jake McCoy on Oct 21, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Renters: Are you going on vacation? Here’s everything you need to know before you go.

Topics: home insurance Tenants Insurance vacation
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The Basics of Winter Tires

By Jake McCoy on Oct 15, 2022 11:15:00 AM

With winter beginning to rear its ugly head in the province of Alberta, so to is it time to think about how you are going to get prepare your vehicle for winter. Outside of double checking your block heater cord, making sure you're using sub-zero rated washer fluid, and load testing your vehicles battery, you're probably going to need to do something with your vehicle's tires. If you're not 100% on what you're going to do this year, here is a few points to be your food for thought. 

Topics: Auto Insurance winter driving
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Important Changes to Edmonton Collision Reporting

By Jake McCoy on Oct 12, 2022 1:30:45 PM

As of Thursday September 29, 2022, Edmonton Police Services will no longer process minor collision reports. Instead, they are asking that if you are in a vehicle collision that you report to a Collision Reporting Centre. There will be two physical locations for CRC's.

Topics: Auto Insurance insurance edmonton Auto Insurance Edmonton city of edmonton edmonton car insurance collision
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I HATE Waiting on Hold

By Jake McCoy on Oct 7, 2022 11:00:00 AM

I know it almost goes without saying that everyone hates waiting on hold. The dreaded ding ding dong of the scratchy hold music makes most people incredibly annoyed. I'm sure we've all been there, waiting on hold with a shipping company, airline, passport office, or somewhere else with terribly long hold times.

Topics: Culture Armour staff
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10 Items That Should Be In Your Vehicle

By Jake McCoy on Oct 4, 2022 11:45:00 AM

 If you're one of the nearly 4 million registered motor vehicle operators in Alberta you might want to consider having these items to your vehicle. In the event of an emergency or other unexpected situation, these items can get you out of a jamb. 

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Someone Broke My Car Mirror, Here's What I did

By Jake McCoy on Sep 30, 2022 4:15:00 PM

After spending a wonderful Sunday out with my friends, I came back to my apartment around 8:30PM and parked my car on the street, just as I had done several times before without issue. After a restful nights sleep, I got up the next morning to less than pleasant surprise. Someone had kicked out my cars mirrors. 

Topics: car thieves Car Insurance car accident car safety
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Aviva Electric Vehicle Initiative

By Jake McCoy on Sep 26, 2022 10:15:00 AM

As a part of a commitment to combatting climate change, Aviva (one of our fantastic partners) has announced an electric vehicle initiative. This exciting new initiative will be available for personal use electric powered vehicles. 

Topics: Aviva Insurance electric vehicle
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Getting Covered for Identity Theft

By Jake McCoy on Sep 20, 2022 11:07:00 AM

What is identity theft? 

Identity theft is a criminal offense where an individuals personal information has been compromised by someone who intends to commit fraud under the guise of your name. Your name, your drivers license, social insurance number, and many other sources can cause your identity compromised. 

Topics: Homeowners Insurance identity theft Tenants Insurance
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Are These Common Houseplants Pet Safe?

By Jake McCoy on Sep 16, 2022 10:38:00 AM

Houseplants are becoming a staple of households all across Canada with the industry growing at 50% rate year over year from 2020 onward. This coupled with a wave of pandemic pets being adopted means that homes have more pets and more plants than ever before! With this information in hand, our friends at Pet Shield Insurance are working with Armour to do our part to make sure your pets are healthy in their home. 

Topics: home insurance Homeowners Tenants Insurance pet insurance House Plants
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Storing a Boat? Do You Still Need Insurance If You're Not Using It?

By Jake McCoy on Sep 15, 2022 10:36:00 AM

After a summer full of adventure and activities, it’s finally time to put your boat into storage. You might be questioning if you really need insurance on a boat you're not actively using.  

Topics: Boat Insurance Boating Boat Storage
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ATV Insurance Basics - Why Do I Need ATV Insurance? What Does It Cover?

By Jake McCoy on Sep 13, 2022 10:35:00 AM

ATV/quad sales in Alberta have spiked to incredibly high levels during a the COVID riddled year of 2021. There was a staggering 190% increase in quad sales from March 2021 to the previous years numbers. With so many extra units out there, it is important to know what kind of coverage you need for your ATV or quad in order to be compliant with Alberta regulations.

Topics: atv quad safety liability ATV Insurance Quad Insurance
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Armour Is Rebranding!

By Jake McCoy on Sep 9, 2022 11:16:47 AM

In light of the 25 years of Armour Insurance and all of the big things that are going on, we thought that now was the time to announce that we are rebranding! For over a decade, the Armour brand has used the familiar A emblazoned shield (pictured below). While this logo has been iconic, and served us well, we felt that it did not fully represent who Armour is today.  

Old Brand 

Topics: Armour Spotlight Armour staff Armour Insurance staff
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What is Holistic Pet Treatment and How can it Help My Pet?

By Jake McCoy on Aug 30, 2022 2:45:00 AM

August 30 is Holistic Pet Day! In honour of the day, we have partnered with Pet Shield, the official pet insurance provider for Armour Insurance, to let you know a little bit about holistic pet treatments.

Topics: pet insurance Holistic Treatment Pet Shield Holistic Pet Treatments
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How is inflation impacting insurance?

By Jake McCoy on Aug 15, 2022 4:00:00 PM

Inflation, inflation, inflation. The word that truly feels like the buzzword of 2022. Many consumers have had no claims or infractions in the past 12-24 months, yet they see their insurance rates increase. This is obviously frustrating and annoying. But why is it happening?

Topics: Auto Insurance home insurance Replacement Cost Inflation Automatic Policy Review
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Road Rage - What's The Cost of Agressive Driving?

By Jake McCoy on Aug 5, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Most people are familiar with the term “road rage” and have an idea of what it means. They would likely associate it with someone swearing and/or yelling at other drivers from their vehicle, honking unnecessarily, or generally driving unsafely out of agitation. This behaviour is actually more in line “aggressive driving”. You might be thinking that those sound interchangeable, but there is an important distinction between them.

Topics: Risk Management safety Car Insurance Car Insurance Edmonton distracted driving UBI Road Rage Aggressive Driving
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How to get tree sap off of your car

By Jake McCoy on Aug 1, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Tree sap is on of the tougher substances to get off of your car. The sticky golden compound just doesn't seem to want to want to go anywhere. No matter how much you try to force it, no matter what car wash you use, nothing seems to get it off. Today, try this instead. 

Topics: car car safety car tips
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H.E.A.R.T. – What resides at Armours Core?

By Jake McCoy on Jul 28, 2022 10:30:00 AM

The core values of an organization are meant to be the foundation for all decisions made by that business. They are the lens that we use to define culture, influence our behaviour, and how plan to achieve our goals. Many companies have a vague or arbitrary set of core values that the folks at corporate came up. Most of the operations people don’t have the faintest idea of what core values of their company are.

Topics: Culture Armour staff Armour Insurance staff
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Travel insurance - Why would/should i get it?

By Jake McCoy on Jul 18, 2022 10:13:00 AM

With many Albertans eager to back to travelling, we wanted to give some insight into what travel insurance is, what it covers, how it can help, and what can impact your travel insurance costs.

Topics: travel insurance travelers insurance
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What is D & O Insurance and why would I need it?

By Jake McCoy on Jul 12, 2022 12:42:00 PM

 What is directors and officers insurance?

Directors, officers, and board members are liable for actions of a fiduciary nature. In the event of a lawsuit brought on by:

Topics: commercial insurance Commercial Insurance Alberta Board of Directors
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Gas Prices got you down? What's the operating cost of an electric vehicle in Alberta?

By Jake McCoy on Jul 8, 2022 10:15:00 AM

With the high cost of fuel, many drivers are considering making the switch to an electric vehicle. How much could you save on your fuel? 

Topics: filling up gas savings Edmonton electric vehicle EV Alberta
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What the heck is hypermiling and can it save me money on gas?

By Jake McCoy on Jun 23, 2022 9:00:00 AM

What is hypermiling?

Hypermiling is a driving technique that maximizes your vehicles fuel efficiency AKA saving you money on gas. Hypermiling can be done in any vehicle regardless of consumption so you can practice hypermiling in an H2 Hummer or in a Fiat 500. Effective hypermiling can improve fuel economy by nearly 40%.

Topics: filling up gas savings hypermiling
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The Flaws of Online Insurance

By Gina Schopfer on May 17, 2022 2:25:48 PM

When looking for insurance, taking the online route may seem convenient at first, but there are actually many disadvantages to doing so. In fact, we would say that having a licensed broker find the best options for you makes things much more convenient! Here are our reasons why getting your insurance online may be leaving holes in your coverage AND your levels of service.

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Our Recent Cyber Insurance Webinar

By Gina Schopfer on Apr 19, 2022 2:01:20 PM

Managed Service and IT Providers have unique exposures when it comes to Cyber Security. The line is still grey when is comes to distinguishing who's responsible for cyber breaches, cyber crimes, mitigating losses, and more importantly, what insurance options are available and best for you. With multi-million dollar payouts happening for cryptolocker incidents, it's important to make that line a little clearer.

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DCPD Makes a Big Difference in the Cost of Basic Insurance, Especially for Young Drivers!

By Gina Schopfer on Apr 11, 2022 4:27:17 PM

The Direct Compensation for Property Damage (DCPD) system is making a big difference in the the cost of 'basic' insurance, especially for young drivers!

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Meet Keva, Our Personal Lines Account Manager

By Gina Schopfer on Apr 1, 2022 8:30:28 AM

Here at Armour Insurance, we love to shine a spotlight on our all-star team members, so you can get to know us a bit better. Meet Keva Barker, our Personal Lines Account Manager at our Head Office in Edmonton!

Topics: Armour staff
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Armour Insurance Day-Off Raffle Proceeds Support WIN House

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 28, 2022 11:19:39 AM

Who doesn't love a day off?!

We at Armour Insurance know how valuable a day off can be, which is why we created the day off raffle! Every year, Armour Insurance sells day off raffle tickets to our staff for $2 each, and offers a total of 12 days off throughout the year. The Armour Team draws someone's ticket each month, and that person gets a day off.

Topics: Armour staff donate
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Economical Insurance's Recent $5K Winner

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 23, 2022 2:33:03 PM

We are happy to announce that Coral A. has been drawn as the recent winner of Economical Insurance's $5K draw for 2021! Coral recently started a new job that makes a real impact in the community, and we couldn't think of someone more deserving of this prize.

Topics: Economical Insurance
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How Armour Insurance Measures Up

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 15, 2022 12:11:25 PM

When looking for insurance, your options can seem never-ending. One of the most common ways to determine how a company measures up is by checking out their online reviews, and the business' overall rating based on those reviews. Read on to see how Armour Insurance's rating compares to other insurance companies!

Topics: better service
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Armour Wins Best of the Best Insurance Provider in Lethbridge!

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 9, 2022 10:29:43 AM

We are thrilled to announce that Armour Insurance has been voted as the "Best of the Best" insurance provider in Lethbridge for 2022! We're very proud of this nomination, and want to give a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us, as well as our customers for allowing us to continue servicing your insurance needs.

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Armour Celebrates Partnership with Westend Seniors Activity Centre

By Gina Schopfer on Feb 23, 2022 2:12:47 PM

Last Friday, we at Armour Insurance had a great time launching our new group insurance program with Westend Seniors Activity Centre! We celebrated the launch by holding a fun scavenger hunt and bottle drive for WSAC members.

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How Does Leaving for Vacation Impact My Home Insurance Coverage?

By Gina Schopfer on Feb 8, 2022 5:19:55 PM

Did you know that when you leave for vacation, this may cause an impact on your existing home insurance coverage? Read on to learn how going away might affect your coverages, as well as tips and tricks for making sure you're ready to jet set!

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Low-Cost Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

By Gina Schopfer on Jan 20, 2022 10:15:39 AM

Whether you're looking to sell your home, or enjoy it for yourself, making low-cost home improvements can make a major impact. Before you put your home on the market, we recommend looking into cost-effective ways to bring up your home's value. Here are our budget-friendly home improvement tips:

Topics: Home Insurance Tips Homeowners home maintenance
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Catalytic Converter Theft

By Gina Schopfer on Jan 16, 2022 6:51:15 PM

Across Alberta, catalytic converter theft is on the rise. Why is this? There are three metals found inside that are quite valuable: platinum, rhodium, and palladium. As the prices of these metals continue to rise, so do the thefts.

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Meet Cassandra, Our Personal Lines Account Manager

By Gina Schopfer on Jan 10, 2022 4:22:09 PM

Here at Armour Insurance, we love to shine a spotlight on our all-star team members, so you can get to know us a bit better. High five to Cassandra MacDonald, our Personal Lines Account Manager, who moved across the country in 2021 to join us!

Topics: Armour staff
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The Armour Team's Holiday Trees

By Gina Schopfer on Dec 24, 2021 8:54:30 AM

Happy Holidays from Armour Insurance!

Here at Armour, many of us are still working from home. To include the entire team in the holiday spirit, we asked everyone to send us pictures of their holiday trees! 

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Armour Supports YESS & SafeGen Through Intact's Better Communities Program

By Gina Schopfer on Dec 16, 2021 4:11:50 PM

Intact Insurance's Better Communities Program provides an opportunity for brokers to apply for a donation to a registered charity that matters to them, and supports one of the mandates to address:

  1. Child Poverty
  2. Youth Success
  3. Mentorship/Leadership
  4. Education
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Armour Insurance Named an IBC Top Insurance Employer

By Gina Schopfer on Dec 2, 2021 11:10:18 AM

We're very excited to announce that Armour Insurance has been featured as one of the Insurance Business Canada's Top Insurance Employers this year with an overall average score of 4.58/5! Armour has been celebrated in December's edition of Insurance Business Canada, and announced on their website.

Topics: Culture
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DCPD is Coming to Alberta

By Gina Schopfer on Nov 10, 2021 3:23:20 PM

On January 1, 2022, Alberta will adopt a Direct Compensation for Property Damage (DCPD) system, which can help improve the way Alberta insurers support their customers in the case of auto collisions taking place in the province. DCPD will form part of the mandatory auto insurance coverage, and will apply to all classes of vehicles in Alberta.

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Lloydminster's Housing Market

By Gina Schopfer on Nov 5, 2021 4:34:52 PM

Lloydminster, often referred to as "Lloyd," or "The Border City," is found on the Yellowhead Highway, between Edmonton and Saskatoon. The city sits right on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, and its 100-foot high border markers are impossible to miss. Their four themes include: oil and gas, the Barr Colonists, agriculture, and First Nations & Métis. The gap between the steel pillars of each monument represents the actual border. These markers were constructed in 1994. Lloydminster's population, according to Stats Canada's 2016 Census, sits at 34,583.

Topics: Homeowners Lloydminster
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Economical Insurance's Water Coverages

By Gina Schopfer on Oct 8, 2021 3:16:35 PM

To provide eligible customers with comprehensive water damage protection, Economical Insurance is now offering sewer backup and overland water coverages as a combined package.

Topics: home insurance Home Insurance Tips Economical Insurance
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Armour's Core Values: H.E.A.R.T.

By Gina Schopfer on Oct 7, 2021 10:05:51 AM

At Armour Insurance, our culture is something we take pride in. Our Core Values are embodied by each member of the Armour Team, and we look for these values in each person that we hire:

Topics: Culture Armour Insurance staff
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What's Your Favourite Thing About Working at Armour?

By Gina Schopfer on Oct 4, 2021 3:55:29 PM

At Armour Insurance, we strive to make the workplace a great setting for our team members to thrive, and enjoy ourselves! We asked some of our team members what their very favourite thing is about working at Armour. Here's what they had to say:

Topics: Culture Armour Insurance staff
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Win a $250 Gas Card in Armour's Instagram Contest!

By Gina Schopfer on Oct 1, 2021 1:54:50 PM

From now until Monday, November 1st, you can enter to win a $250 gas card from Armour Insurance! Here's what you need to do:

Topics: contest Instagram
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The Enhanced Water Damage Package

By Gina Schopfer on Sep 28, 2021 1:20:11 PM

Water-Related Claims are on the Rise

As your home insurance broker, helping you protect your home is our top priority. Water-related damages have become the number one threat to homeowners in Canada. The continued rise of water-related claims makes it important that we ensure our clients have the coverage they need to protect themselves against water damage. That's why we advise our clients to consider Intact Insurance's Enhanced Water Damage Package.

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Why a Broker is Your Best Choice When Looking for Insurance

By Gina Schopfer on Sep 20, 2021 2:22:55 PM

When looking for insurance coverage, the list of options can seem never-ending – it’s tough to know where to start! But that's where our brokers come in. Our team at Armour can help you find your best options for insurance, and answer your questions, all while taking a massive workload off your shoulders. Not only that, but we'll be there to take care of your servicing needs after your policy is in place.

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Walk-in Visits are Temporarily Suspended

By Gina Schopfer on Sep 17, 2021 5:12:53 PM

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What's Covered Under Your Condo Insurance?

By Gina Schopfer on Sep 15, 2021 8:50:41 AM

When buying a condo, there are many factors to consider. One of these factors is condo insurance, and what's included in your coverage. Should a loss occur, the condo corporation is responsible for rebuilding the property to its original glory, which would usually include the flooring, countertops, and the "fixtures and finishings" that go into the property.

Topics: Condo Insurance Condo
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How to Transfer Your Registration and Insurance to a New Car

By Gina Schopfer on Aug 20, 2021 1:47:06 PM

You just bought a new car, and you're trading your old one in. There are a few steps to take in order to make this happen, including transferring your registration and insurance. We at Armour are here to help you check each step off as you go!

Topics: Car Insurance New Car registration
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How Does Tenant Insurance Work?

By Gina Schopfer on Aug 13, 2021 2:38:44 PM

If you're a renter, chances are you've considered tenant insurance. Tenant insurance stands apart from other types of property insurance, like home insurance, as it's not intended to cover damage to the physical space itself. Tenant insurance mainly focuses on your personal items found in your rented space, like your clothes, electronics, and other valuables.

Topics: property insurance tenants Tenants Insurance Condo Insurance
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Calgary's Hail Resistant Rebate Program

By Gina Schopfer on Aug 5, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Have you experienced damage to your roof or home from a hailstorm in 2020? Do you live in the Calgary area? The Resilient Roofing Rebate Program may be just for you!

Topics: Home Insurance Tips Homeowners home maintenance
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Where Can I Get Insurance for My Slingshot?

By Gina Schopfer on Jul 30, 2021 3:53:02 PM

Insurance for my WHAT?!

Quickly for those who don't know, a Slingshot is a three-wheeled vehicle manufactured by Polaris. And they're pretty cool! See for yourself:

Topics: Auto Insurance motorcycle insurance Polaris Slingshot
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Armour's Culture Cup

By Gina Schopfer on Jul 23, 2021 4:37:44 PM

At Armour Insurance, our culture is crucial to our success. Culture happens whether we plan it or not, so why not create a culture we love? Our goal is to make a company that everyone is proud to be a part of. To do so, we've implemented an Armour Culture Code and Core Values to help ensure our team is motivated, on track, and easily able to note their progress.

Topics: Healthy Lifestyle Culture Armour staff
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Self-Care Tips for Returning to the Office After COVID

By Gina Schopfer on Jul 15, 2021 3:03:08 PM

Alberta is officially open for summer, and other provinces aren't far behind! This means many of us are returning to the office for the first time in over a year, which can be pretty daunting. We at Armour Insurance are ready to help you get back in the game. Here are our tips for jumping back into office life, landing on your feet, and hitting your stride!

Topics: Healthy Lifestyle covid-19 mental health knowledgebase
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Economical's Building Inflation Factor is Increasing

By Gina Schopfer on Jul 8, 2021 2:46:19 PM

This July, Economical Insurance will be increasing the commercial building inflation factor for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Mid-Market, and Agribusiness customers.

Topics: property insurance Insurance Claims Commercial Insurance rates save money Economical Insurance
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Motorcycle VS Auto Insurance

By Gina Schopfer on Jun 30, 2021 3:17:47 PM

A motorcycle costs quite a bit less than most cars. BUT insuring a motorcycle usually costs more. Many people may think motorcycle and auto insurance should be fairly similar, but most avid bikers know the major differences between the two. We're here to lay it all out for you!

Topics: Auto Insurance Car Insurance motorcycle insurance Summer Insurance Guide
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SGI's New Aluminum Wiring Requirements

By Gina Schopfer on Jun 18, 2021 3:41:14 PM

Does your home have aluminum wiring?

Aluminum wiring was commonly used during the 1960s-70s. The price of copper had skyrocketed at the time, and aluminum seemed like the perfect alternative to conduct electricity. Since then, studies have determined that it's much more likely to cause a fire. There are a few reasons for this:

Topics: Home Insurance Tips home Home Insurance Blog home maintenance
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Best Places to go Boating in Alberta

By Gina Schopfer on Jun 4, 2021 3:03:21 PM

Ahhh... the lake! Now that summer's just around the corner (one might even say it's here already), lots of Alberta families are gearing up to take their boats out. And really, is there anything better than being stuck out on the water with your loved ones?

It's tough to say exactly what our summer will look like, but we can rest assured knowing there are some pretty awesome lakes in Alberta perfect for a boating getaway! Travel Alberta offers a wide range of boating and swimming destinations. We've picked out some of our personal boating favourites for you–here are the best places to go boating in Alberta:

Topics: Boat Insurance Summer Insurance Guide Alberta Boating
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Intact Launching Roadside Assistance

By Gina Schopfer on May 28, 2021 4:10:19 PM

Intact has announced their upcoming launch of Roadside Assistance: a new form of coverage to give customers peace of mind on the road. By calling a toll-free number or hopping on the Intact Insurance App, you can have worry-free, immediate assistance when you need it most. Roadside Assistance will be effective for new business on June 16, 2021, and for renewals on July 16, 2021.

Topics: Car Insurance intact insurance roadside assistance
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Do I Need Separate Insurance for My Trailer?

By Gina Schopfer on May 21, 2021 4:40:49 PM

One of Canada's favourite summer past times is hooking up the trailer and hitting the road in pursuit of adventure. Whether it's the mountains, the lake, or anything in between–there's nothing more freeing than a road trip with "home" tagging along for the ride.

Topics: Car Insurance Summer Insurance Guide trailer trailer insurance
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How to Keep Your RV Germ-Free this Summer

By Gina Schopfer on May 13, 2021 4:10:56 PM

Germs are a part of life, especially when you're camping. But most of us are used to regular sanitizing, and let's face it, RVs can get pretty filthy over the summer. With Canadian summers feeling way too short, the last thing any of us want is to get sick. Mobile RVing lists the 10 surprising ways your RV could be making you sick.

Topics: rv insurance Summer Insurance Guide Motorhome
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AdaptAbilities Supports Individuals with Special needs in Edmonton's Orange Hub

By Gina Schopfer on May 5, 2021 2:10:17 PM

At Armour Insurance, we're all about great causes that positively impact the community! That's why we want to talk about AdaptAbilities – an Edmonton-based nonprofit organization that helps individuals with special needs develop essential life skills to grow, succeed, and belong. It's a dual impact organization, because it also takes some of the workload off parents and helps prevent caregiver burnout.

Topics: Economical Insurance Edmonton donate AdaptAbilities nonprofit Alberta
3 min read

How Easy is it to Steal a Motorcycle?

By Gina Schopfer on Apr 22, 2021 2:56:32 PM

For motorcyclists, an accident is the worst thing that can happen with your ride. The second worst thing is theft. Every year, thousands of motorcycles are stolen, and for die-hard riders who put money, time, and effort into this thrilling lifestyle, replacing their bike can cost thousands of dollars.

Topics: motorcycle insurance motorcycle theft Harley insurance motorcycle safety Summer Insurance Guide
2 min read

Armour Insurance Day-Off Raffle Proceeds Support CMHA's Crisis Diversion Distress Line

By Gina Schopfer on Apr 6, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Who doesn't love a day off?!

We at Armour Insurance know how valuable a day off can be, which is why we created the day off raffle! Every year, Armour Insurance sells day off raffle tickets to our staff for $2 each, and offers a total of 12 days off throughout the year. The Armour Team draws someone's ticket each month, and that person gets a day off.

Topics: Armour staff mental health donate
3 min read

Introducing Pet Shield Insurance!

By Gina Schopfer on Apr 1, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Today, Armour Insurance announces its partnership with Petline Insurance Company to launch a new pet health insurance product: Pet Shield Insurance. Dog and cat owners from Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan can purchase this new pet insurance online at www.petshield.ca, or by phone at 1-844-421-2121.

Topics: cat insurance pet insurance dog insurance
3 min read

What to do if Your Brakes Fail on the Road

By Economical Insurance on Mar 30, 2021 11:00:00 AM

If you’ve never experienced a brake failure, the thought of one happening likely doesn’t cross your mind too often. But if you have experienced a brake failure on the road, you know how important it is to be ready to react in a split-second. We can help make sure you’re prepared.

Topics: car Auto Insurance car accident featured car safety
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Intact Offers 1 Month Premium Refund to Qualifying Auto Customers

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 26, 2021 9:39:29 AM

As we move further into 2021, most Canadians are still having to make significant sacrifices due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially front-line workers. That's why Intact has recently announced their plan to provide additional support to their customers. Read on to see if you qualify.

Topics: Auto Insurance intact insurance covid-19
3 min read

Can I Let Someone Else Drive My Car?

By Economical Insurance on Mar 23, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Whether your buddy needs to borrow your pick-up truck to move his couch or your daughter wants to drive your car to her college class twice a week, it’s not uncommon to want to lend your vehicle to another driver from time to time. But what happens if the person you lend your vehicle to gets into a collision? And how many times can you lend your vehicle to someone before they need to be added as an occasional driver on your car insurance policy? We’ve got answers to your questions.

Topics: car Auto Insurance car accident featured car safety
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10 Surprising Things That Are Covered by Home Insurance

By Economical Insurance on Mar 19, 2021 2:20:10 PM

Your home insurance policy is designed to protect you and your property in all kinds of emergencies, from fires and floods to theft and vandalism — but you might be surprised to learn that these 10 things are covered in most standard home insurance policies:

Topics: home insurance Home Insurance Tips Home Insurance Blog featured
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Armour Donates $500 to Lethbridge Family Services for Group Insurance Program

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 18, 2021 2:00:00 PM

We at Armour Insurance are always looking for new ways to add value to our Group Home and Car Insurance programs. That's why we've kicked off a new group incentive with Lethbridge Family Services!

Topics: Auto Insurance home insurance group insurance donation
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Armour Spotlight: Corey Potter

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 12, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Throughout the year, we'll shine our spotlight on a member of the Armour Team. We're starting March off with one of our newest members of the team: Corey Potter!

Topics: broker Armour Spotlight Armour Insurance staff
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Busting 5 Common Home Insurance Myths

By Economical Insurance on Mar 9, 2021 4:23:45 PM

When you're shopping for home insurance, you'll probably come across a lot of helpful (and, let's face it, not so helpful) information — but how much of it is actually true? Let's break down five of the most common myths about home insurance.

Topics: home insurance property insurance Home Insurance Tips home Home Insurance Blog featured
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SGI Adds Restrictions to Condo Policies

By Gina Schopfer on Mar 5, 2021 1:12:19 PM

SGI has introduced new coverage requirements for condo policy holders. Effective March 1, 2021, SGI requires that a client's condominium corporation maintains adequate condo insurance for the building itself. This is in effect for all new policies, and could affect existing policy holders with coverage limitations. With current market conditions, this could also become a reality for other insurance companies.

Topics: SGI Canada Condo Insurance Home Systems Protection Service Line Coverage
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The Future of Life Insurance

By Gina Schopfer on Feb 24, 2021 2:27:46 PM

Insurance should be more than protecting your loved ones; it’s about living your life to the fullest. Manulife Vitality gives you insurance, plus the opportunity to earn rewards and save on how much you pay – all while improving your health.

 

How does Manulife Vitality work? You track your everyday healthy activities through a customized, goal-oriented program that helps motivate and encourage healthier choices. Before you know it, you'll start earning rewards! You can earn Vitality Points for routine activities like walking, going to the dentist, reading health articles, and more.

Once you start earning Vitality Points, your Vitality Status can move to Bronze, Silver, Gold, then Platinum. Your Vitality Status determines your eligibility for rewards AND a potential discount on your annual cost of insurance. You can work towards improving your health while earning additional perks!


3 Steps to Manulife Vitality:

  1. Know your Health: When starting the Manulife Vitality program, you'll discover your Vitality age. This might be higher or lower depending on your current overall health. The first step of improving your health is knowing your starting point.
  2. Improve your health: Track your everyday healthy activities through a customized, goal-oriented program to encourage and inspire healthier choices. The Manulife Vitality program offers simple tips and convenient easy-to-use tools such as wearable devices to help track your activities.
  3. Enjoy the results: Start earning Vitality Points for routine activities you may already be doing – walking, going to the dentist and reading health articles online. The more points you earn, the higher your Vitality Status, and the greater your potential rewards and discounts.


What are users saying about Manulife Vitality?

 

For more information, visit Manulife's Vitality for Individuals page. You can also check out Manulife's Program Rewards page that lists the partners involved and your possible rewards. Staying motivated and incorporating a healthy routine can be challenging – Manulife Vitality is here to make it that much easier.

Topics: life insurance health Video Manulife insurance app
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$500 Intact Client Centre Contest Winner!

By Gina Schopfer on Feb 17, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Over recent years, we've witnessed exciting new advances in the insurance industry that have contributed to new services and greater connectivity for our customers. For our Intact customers, one of these is the Intact Client Centre app.

Topics: contestwinner Intact Intact contest winner Intact app
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Armour Spotlight: Travis Vanberg

By Gina Schopfer on Feb 8, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Throughout the year, we'll shine our spotlight on a member of the Armour Team. This month's pick is none other than Commercial Insurance Broker, Travis Vanberg!

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What the Latest Rate Board Filing Decisions Mean for Alberta Drivers

By Rob Stevenson on Jan 13, 2021 3:27:08 PM

The Alberta Auto Insurance Rate Board (AIRB) is the organization charged with regulating auto insurance premiums in Alberta. Each quarter insurance companies can file requests asking for changes to their rates. The AIRB reviews these requests and approves or deny's them based on "actuarial justification and the insurer’s individual circumstances to ensure insurance is accessible, equitable and sustainable for all Albertans". The decisions have just been released for last quarters filings. Here's what these mean to Alberta motorists. 

Topics: Auto Insurance Commercial Insurance rates Insurance Premiums
1 min read

Aviva Canada Goes Paperless

By Rob Stevenson on Jan 11, 2021 10:05:51 AM

Aviva Insurance has recently announced that it will be moving towards a more paperless experience for their personal insurance customers. In an industry that has traditionally high paper consumption this is welcome news for forests across Canada.

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Appointment Required for Visits to Armour Offices

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 26, 2020 4:43:03 PM

In compliance with the new mandatory public health measures put in place by the Alberta Government this week Armour Insurance will be offering in person visits to our offices by appointment only for the time being. Our staff remains at full capacity and is available to provide all of our services over the phone and online. 

Topics: covid-19
2 min read

The Better Your Credit, The Better Your Rate

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 24, 2020 2:04:23 PM

Banks have been using credit scores for years to give lower rates, special offers and other promotions. Over the last number of years insurance companies are following suit. Now, your good credit can save you real money on your auto and home insurance. We can perform a soft credit check for you and save you up to 20% and offer you a monthly payment plan!

Topics: Auto Insurance home insurance credit score
2 min read

Special Limits - Does Your Home Insurance Cover More Than $5k Worth of Jewelry?

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 24, 2020 9:25:20 AM

Did you know that your home insurance policy has has limits that restrict the amount of money you can recover when certain items are stolen or lost? This means that for items such as Jewelry, Stamps and Bicycles the amount of money recoverable in a claim is capped. There are two ways to increase your coverage where needed, read on to see which works best for you.

Topics: home insurance Home Insurance Tips Home Insurance Blog
2 min read

Alberta Government Making Moves to Fix Alberta Auto Insurance

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 2, 2020 10:42:01 AM

Alberta's UCP government is making moves to fix issues that have been plaguing Alberta drivers and insurance companies for some time. Insurance companies who have been attempting to work with our government to improve the situation for Alberta drivers are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel as the UCP announces plans to make changes for the better. This should mean a healthier insurance outlook, more medical support to those injured in collisions and more affordable insurance for Alberta drivers.

Topics: Auto Insurance Car Insurance Insurance Premiums
2 min read

How We Protect Customer Data

By Rob Stevenson on Oct 2, 2020 4:07:36 PM

"Your privacy is important to us."  With the ever rising threat of cyber crime this is becoming a pretty common phrase. Many of the companies we do business with these days tell us our data is safe with them, but what does that actually mean? I can't speak for other companies, but here are a few things that Armour does to protect our customer data.

Topics: cyber crime cyber insurance
2 min read

Why 16 Insurance Companies Were Fined for Overcharging on Auto Insurance

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 30, 2020 10:59:43 AM

The Alberta Superintendent of Insurance office has been in the news this week for issuing a series of fines to insurance companies for overcharging Alberta motorists. After reading this article I thought it would make sense to provide a little perspective on why and how this could happen.

Topics: Auto Insurance
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Announcing the Winner of our Intact Summer Contest!

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 10, 2020 9:54:33 AM

To send summer off with a bang this year, we teamed up with Intact Insurance to give away a big screen TV. Over 800 people across Alberta entered the draw and many got bonus entries by quoting their home and auto insurance with Armour and Intact. The contest closed on August 31st and now it's time to announce the winner! 

Topics: contest
1 min read

Armour Staff Support Little Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 8, 2020 2:41:19 PM

At Armour Insurance we run a Day Off Raffle program for our staff. Each month employees who want to participate can purchase raffle tickets for $2 and get a chance to win a day off. In 2019 we sold 475 tickets raising $950. Each year, Armour pledges to match this amount in a donation to our communities. 

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Our 2020 Intact Client Centre Winter Contest Winner!

By Rob Stevenson on May 20, 2020 2:47:37 PM

Over the past few years we've seen some exciting new advances in the insurance industry and these have in turn contributed to new services and greater connectivity for our customers. For our Intact customers one of these things is the Intact Client Centre App. This app allows Intact customers to access their insurance from their mobile device at any time. This includes digital pink cards, which were officially approved for use in Alberta last year. To help promote this new service we we teamed up with Intact Insurance to run our "Intact 360" contest. All of the numbers are in and it's finally time to announce the winner!

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How Your Insurance Company is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Rob Stevenson on Apr 22, 2020 3:43:34 PM

As an insurance broker, Armour acts as the representative for our clients to their respective insurance companies. We partner with a number of major Canadian insurers to serve our customers in their need for both personal and commercial insurance. These companies are independent from each other and may have different methods for accommodating our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please find information on how Alberta's top insurance companies are responding below.

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Basement Flood Prevention Checklist

By Rob Stevenson on Apr 20, 2020 4:16:07 PM

Last Saturday afternoon I was startled by a strange alarm coming from my Alarm system. We ran to the panel and saw that it was the flood sensor on my sump pump. I rushed downstairs and over wet carpet to the sump pump and when I lifted the cover I saw that it was overflowing with cold, murky run-off water. Hopefully not many others will have to deal with a similar situation, but just in case, here's a checklist that would have helped me prevent this problem!

Topics: Basement Flooding
1 min read

We're Here to Serve You

By Rob Stevenson on Apr 8, 2020 3:38:56 PM

Armour Insurance is fully staffed and here to serve you. On March 15th we closed our offices to outside appointments and soon after staff started working home, thankfully we were prepared. Our staff is connected and working at full capacity to ensure that you continue to receive the service you've come to expect from Armour.

Topics: covid-19 featured
1 min read

Business Interruption Insurance Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Rob Stevenson on Mar 25, 2020 11:01:56 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to send their staff home and close their doors. We continue to see organizations disrupted and staff laid off. As a commercial insurance provider we're receiving many questions asking to clarify if Business Interruption coverage offers protection in a situation like this. Unfortunately it does not, here's why.

Topics: commercial insurance
2 min read

Jen's Top 10 Tips for Working from Home

By Rob Stevenson on Mar 20, 2020 2:56:09 PM

A lot has changed for Canadian businesses and their employees over the last week, Armour included. We have suspended walk-in appointments to our office and many of our staff are now working from home.

For many of us, working from home is becoming the new norm, so how do you keep from going squirrely in this new norm? Armour veteran broker Jen Jarratt has a few tips that may just help you stay the course.

2 min read

How Coronavirus is Affecting Travel Insurance

By Rob Stevenson on Mar 9, 2020 4:06:16 PM

The impact that the Coronavirus is having on industries around the world seems to be spreading wider everyday. The travel industry is one that continues to be affected. Some recent changes we've seen with travel insurance companies reflect that this industry will continue to be affected for some time yet.

Topics: travel insurance

Economical Insurance Launches Accident Towing Service

By Rob Stevenson on Mar 2, 2020 10:10:52 AM

Economical Insurance has announced that they have launched a new accident towing service for customers with private passenger and light commercial vehicles. This service is available to Economical Insurance customers anywhere in North America.

2 min read

True or False? You should always fill your gas tank full rather than adding $10 - $20 at a time.

By Rob Stevenson on Mar 1, 2020 3:45:00 PM

We've all had this experience one time or another: you're late for an appointment and realize that your gas tank is running on empty, rather than taking the time to fill it up you just put enough to hold you over. For some of us this is more than just a rare occurrence, for some, this happens every time we visit the gas station.

So, are we saving more than just time when we only fill the tank part way or is it better to always fill your gas tank full each time we visit the pump?

Topics: Car Insurance Edmonton filling up gas savings
2 min read

Dash Cams - Do They Help Me Save On Insurance?

By Rob Stevenson on Feb 27, 2020 11:45:00 AM

The first piece of dash cam footage I saw was taken from a police cruiser in the Southern US. The officer had pulled over a woman for speeding and she wasn't very please with him. Since then, I've seen plenty of Russian dash cam videos where pedestrians throw themselves onto parked cars in hopes of securing a settlement from the driver. It's clear that these cameras would help solve a dispute over who is at fault, but do they do anything to lower your insurance rates.

Topics: Auto Insurance
1 min read

February Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Rob Stevenson on Feb 1, 2020 8:49:00 AM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for February. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
2 min read

New Condo Guidelines Could Leave Condo Owners Holding a Bill for $50,000

By Rob Stevenson on Jan 13, 2020 12:40:05 PM

The Canadian Condominium Institute has announced changes to the Condominium Property Regulations that may  leave condo unit owners holding a bill for up to $50,000. The changes that took effect on January 1, 2020 will allow condo corporations to seek recovery of insurance deductibles from an owner for damages that originate from the owner's unit.

Topics: Condo Insurance
1 min read

How to Complete your Intact My Driving Discount App Signup

By Rob Stevenson on Dec 10, 2019 3:08:29 PM

The Intact My Driving Discount App is the newest way to save on your insurance in Alberta. It's available to all Intact customers and easy to sign up. If you don't have access already, give your broker a call and get set up today. Here's a quick video on how to get started using your Intact My Driving Discount App.

1 min read

Angel Tree Christmas Campaign Underway at Armour Lethbridge

By Rob Stevenson on Dec 6, 2019 4:10:00 PM

Armour Lethbridge is participating in Lethbridge Family Services' Angel Tree Christmas Campaign this year. Drop off a new toy at our Lethbridge Location for one of over 2,100 children to open this Christmas. 

Topics: christmas
1 min read

Our Intact Client Centre Summer Contest Winner

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 25, 2019 3:42:38 PM

It is finally time to announce the winner of our Intact Client Centre Summer Contest! But first: The contest was so successful over the summer that we've decided to give everyone another chance. Sign up between now and the end of the year for a chance to win $500! Don't worry, we'll include those of you who already signed up as well. 

2 min read

How Your Insurance Broker Works for You When Rates Increase

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 14, 2019 11:38:00 AM

Auto insurance customers in Alberta are beginning to see the effects of the industries struggles this month. The AIRB has approved rate increases for insurance companies in Alberta, some of which have gone into effect at the beginning of November. This will leave many consumers wondering what can be done to ensure I'm getting the best value as the entire industry takes on a rate increase. That's where your broker comes in.

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New Insurance Rating Restrictions from Alberta's Superintendent of Insurance

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 8, 2019 11:59:11 AM

On Monday, October 4th Alberta's Superintendent of Insurance released three bulletins clarifying and updating rules on how insurance companies operate in our province. These notices replace various updates issued in 2016 and, if violated, could result in hefty fines for Insurance Companies doing business in Alberta.

2 min read

What to Expect With Insurance Rates this Fall

By Rob Stevenson on Oct 28, 2019 11:46:57 AM

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this affects us all and it is important that Albertan's understand why insurance rates are increasing this fall. There is no short term fix, but the industry is working with the Government towards a solution. With the Alberta auto insurance rate cap being lifted this September, insurance companies have applied for, and been granted, rate increases by the AIRB (Alberta Insurance Rate Board). We are expecting to see rate increases from all insurance companies on renewals and new policies starting in November. 

Topics: Auto Insurance Car Insurance
2 min read

Armour's Core Values - From the Lunchroom

By Rob Stevenson on Oct 10, 2019 10:42:31 AM

At Armour Insurance, we believe that culture is important. It is also inevitable. Culture will grow in your organization whether you actively build it or not, so why not build a culture you love. In 2013 we set out to do just that, and it all started with our core values.

Topics: Core Values Culture
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Why Insurance Rates Are on the Rise

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 24, 2019 4:13:44 PM

When the New Alberta Government allowed the Auto Insurance Rate Cap to expire on September 1 of 2019 almost every insurance company in Alberta applied for rate increases. Some requests are in the 10-20% range. We will find out this Friday (September 27th) what kind of increases have been approved and what to expect in the coming months.

Topics: Auto Insurance Car Insurance Insurance Premiums
1 min read

Be Careful Dropping Coverages

By Rob Stevenson on Aug 28, 2019 11:17:00 AM

Everybody is trying to save some money on their insurance these days. In fact, we often have people calling looking to reduce their coverage to save some money on their annual premiums. While dropping coverages off of your insurance policy can help save you some money in the short run, it could mean that you lose significantly in the event of a claim.

Topics: Auto Insurance
1 min read

Alberta Approves Use of Electronic Pink Cards

By Rob Stevenson on Aug 13, 2019 9:41:55 AM

Alberta's Superintendent of Insurance, Darren Hedley, released a bulletin yesterday approving the use of electronic pink cards in Alberta. This is a victory for Albertan consumers, insurance brokers and insurance companies who have been pushing for this change for years.

Topics: Pink Card
1 min read

What is a Deductible?

By Rob Stevenson on Aug 2, 2019 10:45:52 AM

Chances are good that you've heard the term deductible or even paid a deductible before if you've had an insurance claim in the past. But, what is a deductible. But, what else do you know about deductibles? Is there anything else to know? Watch as Kelsey from Armour Insurance's Edmonton branch answers my questions on deductibles.

Topics: Car Insurance home insurance deductible
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How to Report An Auto Claim on Your Armour Mobile App

By Rob Stevenson on Jul 5, 2019 12:25:00 PM

If you've ever been involved in a collision, you know that no matter how minor, it leaves you shaken. This makes recording all of the information that you need that much harder. Armour makes this process a little bit easier with the Armour Mobile App and our guided claims process.

Topics: Auto Insurance Insurance Claims Insurance Claim
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Will a Hit and Run Leave you High and Dry?

By Rob Stevenson on Jun 27, 2019 11:18:00 AM

If you've ever had an auto insurance claim you may have heard on of the drivers in the claim referred to as the "at fault" party. That's because most car insurance claims are paid by the at fault party's insurance company. So what happens if you don't know who the at fault party is? What happens in a Hit and Run. We sat down with Tammy Moody, Armour Insurance's, personal line's manager to find out if a hit and run accident will leave you high and dry.

Topics: Car Insurance Car Insurance Edmonton hit and run
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How to Access Your Pink Card on the Armour Mobile App

By Rob Stevenson on Jun 19, 2019 2:14:25 PM

If you're anything like me, this may sound familiar. I received my insurance renewal in the mail with updated pink cards enclosed last year. But, rather than opening the letter, reviewing my coverages and putting my new pink cards directly into my vehicle, I put it on the bureau to review later. Then 3 months later, I got pulled over for pulling a u-turn right in front of an undercover police officer and discovered that my pink cards are still at home on the bureau. Now, with Armour Mobile, your pink card and all of your insurance information is always at your fingertips. 

Topics: Car Insurance Video Pink Card
2 min read

Motorcycle Insurance - What You Need to Know

By Rob Stevenson on Jun 11, 2019 2:08:52 PM

To drive your motorcycle on the road in Canada, you must carry a form of liability insurance called motorcycle insurance. The basic version of this insurance will get you on the road legally, but there are many more options you may want to consider when insuring your motorcycle. We sat down with our motorcycle expert, Bonita Paisley, in our Sherwood Park office to get a better handle on all of the ins and outs of motorcycle insurance. 

Topics: motorcycle insurance
1 min read

High Level Wildfires Spur Insurance Companies to Restrict Binding in the Region

By Rob Stevenson on May 22, 2019 3:01:15 PM

 

Topics: home insurance Home Insurance Blog
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Lisa Ray Wins $1,000 in the Armour Insurance - Intact Client Centre Contest

By Rob Stevenson on Mar 8, 2019 1:55:42 PM

A big congratulations goes out from all of the staff here at Armour to Lisa Ray of Lethbridge, Alberta. Lisa helped us get closer to our paperless goal by becoming one of the now 750 customers who have logged into their account on Intact Client Centre. 

1 min read

March Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Rob Stevenson on Mar 1, 2019 12:00:00 AM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for March. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
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Why Armour is Switching Our Customers to $2M Liability

By Rob Stevenson on Feb 27, 2019 8:51:18 AM

Insurance companies and brokers in Alberta have been recommending $1M in third party liability coverage as a standard since the early 2000's. Since then the number of claims with payouts exceeding this has increased substantially. In 2018 25 Albertan's had auto insurance claims where a $1M liability policy was not enough to cover the damages. In cases like this the driver/vehicle owner has to cover the remainder themselves.

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Armour President talks Auto Insurance on 630 Ched

By Rob Stevenson on Jan 14, 2019 3:24:46 PM

President of Armour Insurance, Rob Marusin, visited the 630 Ched studios over the holidays to discuss Auto Insurance in Alberta. It's a hot topic for us right now and worth a listen for anyone has or will have purchased auto insurance in Alberta in the next year. If you missed it live, you can listen to the whole interview below: 

Topics: Car Insurance
1 min read

What is CAIB?

By Rob Stevenson on Dec 21, 2018 10:30:48 AM

A huge congratulations goes out to our very own Jennifer Miller, of Armour Lloydminster! She recently completed the four part CAIB course and received her Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation. Watch as she explains some of the ins and outs of CAIB, and what it takes to be a licensed insurance broker in Alberta today. 

Topics: insurance insurance jobs
1 min read

Keep Your Car in the Family...Even if It's Totaled

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 27, 2018 3:00:00 PM

It’s a phone call that’s never fun to take: a client has a car that’s been in the family for generations. To them, it’s priceless and impossible to replace. And it’s just been totaled. We know that the insurance company will take the wreckage for salvage, until now that is.

Topics: Car Insurance car accident
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Free Webinar: How Much Liability Coverage is Enough?

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 21, 2018 3:35:58 PM

Liability insurance is designed to protect you from expenses incurred from damage to property or physical injury that you are legally responsible for, but it has a limit. Watch this webinar to find out how much liability insurance is enough to protect you when the unexpected happens. Rescheduled for Friday, November 30th at 1PM.

Topics: Car Insurance home insurance Homeowners Insurance liability webinar
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November Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 1, 2018 9:38:00 AM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for November. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
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Armour Lethbridge Supports the Lethbridge & District Humane Society

By Rob Stevenson on Oct 4, 2018 3:10:32 PM

We are very proud to announce that we were able to present the Lethbridge and District Humane Society with a cheque for $5,000 last week.Thank-you to our partners at Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance for making this possible.

Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance runs an annual program called the Centennial Charitable Donation Program. Every year they award their top 10 brokers with the opportunity to give back to their community in the form of a donation.

Topics: Lethbridge charity
2 min read

How a Postal Strike Could Affect Your Insurance

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 26, 2018 3:16:12 PM

Workers at Canada post have decided to stay in talks for the next little while, but the threat of a postal strike in Canada is still very real. This will affect many industries across Canada and insurance is not exception.

1 min read

Free Webinar: Cyber Security - What's the Worst that Could Happen?

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 19, 2018 10:08:18 AM

Cyber security is a threat to organizations of all sizes, but statistics show that small to medium size businesses seem to be taking the brunt of the impact from cyber attacks these days. Join us September 26th at 11am for a look at how Cyber Crime could affect your business and what you can do to increase your Cyber Armour.

Topics: commercial insurance cyber crime cyber insurance
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Is Alberta Auto Insurance in Crisis?

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 11, 2018 9:13:55 AM

You may have noticed that shopping for an auto insurance policy in Alberta has become increasingly frustrating over the last little while. With increases in claim costs and government capping Alberta auto insurance providers are finding themselves losing money. Here's what you need to know about what is happening to auto insurance in Alberta right now.

Topics: Auto Insurance Car Insurance
1 min read

September Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Alannah McEwan on Sep 1, 2018 8:58:00 AM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for September. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
1 min read

Why Use Premium Gas?

By Rob Stevenson on Jul 27, 2018 11:02:51 AM

At my local gas station this morning, regular gas was selling for $1.24/L and premium was 14¢ more expensive at $1.36/L. That's a whopping $8.40 difference if I were to fill my 60L tank. Not as much as I expected actually, but I will be putting regular gas in my car anyways. So why spend the extra $8?

Topics: Car Insurance Quote Car Insurance Car Insurance Edmonton gas savings
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July Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Rob Stevenson on Jul 13, 2018 3:19:00 PM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for July. If your last name, or company name, start with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registration.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
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Credit Score and Your Insurance

By Rob Stevenson on Jun 23, 2018 5:05:00 PM

Banks have been using credit scores for years to give lower rates, special offers and other promotions. Over the last number of years insurance companies are following suit. Now, your good credit can save you real money on your auto and home insurance. Giving us consent to preform a soft credit check can save you up to 20% off.

Topics: Auto Insurance home insurance credit score
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June Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Rob Stevenson on Jun 18, 2018 4:21:00 PM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for June. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
1 min read

Our Bermuda Boarding Call Winner

By Rob Stevenson on Jun 14, 2018 10:37:34 AM

It's official! We have a winner in this year's Bermuda Boarding Call Contest! Our winner, Kaitlin Gabora will soon be basking under a Bermuda sun! We drove out to her home in beautiful Red Deer to award the prize. See the video below. 

Topics: contest bermuda
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What Happens When You Miss a Payment

By Rob Stevenson on May 11, 2018 4:29:15 PM

Life happens. It happens to the best of us and sometimes that means that something gets missed. We all know that missing a payment on your mortgage or your car lease can have some pretty substantial consequences, so what happens when you miss a payment on your insurance policy?

Topics: Car Insurance home insurance payments
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May Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Rob Stevenson on May 11, 2018 3:06:00 PM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for May. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
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What Happens if you get Caught Without Valid Registration on your Car?

By Rob Stevenson on Apr 5, 2018 8:45:09 AM

Have you ever been pulled over without valid registration on your vehicle? Is your registration up to date? I was caught on Highway 2 last weekend with expired registration on my car. Here's what happened.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry traffic laws Armour Registry
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April Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Alannah McEwan on Apr 1, 2018 9:47:00 AM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for April. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
1 min read

They Don't Build 'em Like They Used To

By Rob Stevenson on Feb 27, 2018 10:03:00 AM

Building a new home these days is much different than it was 20, 30 or even 40 years ago. A lot has changed since the 70's. So how does a new home buyer know whether people are putting siding or stucco these days if they don't want to sift through 40 years of home builder statistics?

1 min read

Is Your Baby Name Trending?

By Rob Stevenson on Feb 25, 2018 2:22:00 PM

Back when we were choosing baby names for our son I remember thinking: "wow, that is a really unique name". Now year's later I'm noticing that other parents must have been thinking that same thing around the exact same time that I was thinking it. Now, half of the kids in his class have the same name.

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The Bermuda Boarding Call Contest is Here

By Rob Stevenson on Feb 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

How would you like to bask in the sun with your favourite plus one…for free? It could happen if you’re the lucky winner of our Bermuda Boarding Call Contest! This year, we’re giving away a five-night trip for two to the tropical paradise, including airfare and hotel accommodations. The contest will run from February 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018, with the winner being drawn on May 1, 2018.

Topics: contest bermuda
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January Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Alannah McEwan on Jan 1, 2018 3:27:00 PM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for January. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
1 min read

What's so Important About Tenant's Insurance?

By Rob Stevenson on Dec 14, 2017 10:06:35 AM

Tenant's insurance, sometimes referred to as renter's insurance, is usually purchased by someone renting an apartment or other property who would like to protect the contents of their home. It does protect the contents of your home, but it has some other features that can be even more valuable. It is a relatively inexpensive coverage and, as David explains in the video below, there's more to it than you might expect.

Topics: liability Tenants Insurance Video Additional Living Expenses Renter's Insurance
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December Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Rob Stevenson on Dec 1, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for December. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
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The Biggest Cybersecurity Threats are Inside Your Company

By Rob Stevenson on Nov 27, 2017 8:07:00 AM

When reading about cyber security, and big data breaches in the news these days, it's easy to think that these breaches only happen to big companies in another country. The reality is that no matter the size or scope of the breach, we are all at more risk that ever. And even worse, most of the time, cyber attacks are caused by or even executed by someone INSIDE the company that was attacked.

Topics: cyber crime cyber insurance hacking
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Cyber Crime, Why Small Businesses can Lose Big

By Rob Stevenson on Oct 30, 2017 9:51:31 AM

When it comes to cyber crime no business is too small to target. A recent study revealed that 40% of all cyber attacks were conducted on small to medium size businesses. During these attacks cyber criminals have gotten away with valuable and damaging information on the businesses they attacked and their customers. View this infographic to find out more about how Cyber Crime can affect your business.

Topics: infographic cyber crime cyber insurance
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Do Photo Radar Tickets Affect My Insurance?

By Alannah McEwan on Oct 11, 2017 9:08:00 AM

Speeding is by far the most common traffic ticket given out in Canada. Do you know which traffic tickets will increase your insurance rates? Will photo radar and police issued tickets have the same impact on your insurance and driving record?

Topics: Car Insurance Quote Car Insurance distracted driving
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Win a Hockey Night In Canada Winter Classic Jacket

By Rob Stevenson on Oct 10, 2017 4:18:37 PM

It's that time of year - the air is getting cold, the trees are almost bare and hockey season has begun! And to keep you warm this hockey season, we're giving away an official Hockey Night in Canada Winter Classic 2012 winter jacket. Keep warm in this stylish Jacket from Philidelphia's 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic. Just comment on our Facebook Post to enter and follow our Facebook page to watch for the winner!

Topics: contest
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October Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Alannah McEwan on Oct 1, 2017 1:19:00 PM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for October. If your last name, or company name, starts with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registrations.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
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Beautiful Alberta Photo Contest Winner Update

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 15, 2017 11:47:24 AM

Thanks again to everyone who entered Armour's Beautiful Alberta Photo Contest this summer. Here are the official photos of the winners and the awesome prints we had made of their photos.

Molly Swanson of Edmonton took first place (top) with a picture of the beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape. She's the proud owner of a brand new Canon Reble EOS Rebel T6. Stephanie Simon of Red Deer won a GoPro Hero camera when she came in second with her photo of a classic old GMC truck living out it's last days on the beautiful Alberta prairies. And last, but not least, Perry Anderson of Westerose won a gift pack of Canadian gift cards as he came in third with his photo of a Jasper lake reflecting through a hollowed out tree. Thanks to Vivid Print in edmonton for producing such beautiful reproductions of these dazzling photos!

Molly Swanson shows off her new Canon Rebel T6 after taking first place in the #BeautifulAlberta Photo Contest. 

Stephanie Simon's mother was kind enough to pick up Stephanie's brand new GoPro Hero. She promises to deliver it to Stephanie the next time she's in Red Deer!  

Perry Anderson's wife picked up Perry's gift card pack on her way back home last Friday. 

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone else who participated by entering or voting for your favourite! Click here to see some bigger versions of the winning photos, and here to see more submissions in the Beautiful Alberta photo contest.

And if you'd like to get a great deal on your insurance from a wholly Alberta owned insurance broker, you can always give us a call at 780-475-0959 or get an insurance quote online using the links below.

Car Insurance Quote

Home Insurance Quote

Commercial Insurance Quote


Topics: contest beautifulalberta photos
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Consumer Alert Regarding Potential Fraudulent Activity

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 8, 2017 4:13:20 PM

In a statement released today, Intact Insurance has revealed that recently, they have received reports from customers in Alberta about an "individual pretending to be an Intact Insurance adjuster and requesting that customers pay their deductible directly to this person".

Topics: intact insurance fraud
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Beautiful Alberta Photo Contest - Winning Photos

By Rob Stevenson on Sep 1, 2017 3:49:02 PM

For the past two months Albertan's have been submitting photos to the Armour Beautiful Alberta photo contest. We've seen some striking photos of every aspect of Alberta.

Topics: contest
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Tips for Driving Safely in Heavy Rain

By Alannah McEwan on Aug 3, 2017 1:24:45 PM

Driving in any type of severe weather can significantly increase the potential for a dangerous situation for you and other drivers.

Check out our tips on how to stay safe if you get stuck in heavy rain.

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August Vehicle Registration Renewals

By Alannah McEwan on Aug 1, 2017 10:14:43 AM

Here are the vehicle registration renewals for August. If your last name, or company name, start with the below letters it's time to renew your vehicle registration.

Topics: registration vehicle registration Alberta registry AARA
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Armour's Edmonton North Office Is Moving

By Alannah McEwan on Jul 26, 2017 10:51:07 AM

The Armour Insurance North office will be moving to a new location on Monday August 21st, 2017. Our Edmonton Insurance and Edmonton Registry offices will be located at our new address under one roof.

Topics: Edmonton
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Extreme Sports & Insurance: How to Protect Yourself

By Alannah McEwan on Jul 18, 2017 3:20:08 PM

Whether getting your next adrenaline fix at home or abroad, if you’re an adrenaline junkie you’ll want to make sure that you're covered and that your insurance provider is aware of your thrill-seeking hobbies.

Topics: life insurance travel insurance
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Get Storm Ready – Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Summer Storm

By Alannah McEwan on Jul 7, 2017 9:53:53 AM

Summer means warmer weather, but it can also bring a variety of harsh weather conditions, sometimes leading to severe storms. Taking just a few preventative measures now can save you from dealing with substantial damage later.

Topics: home insurance Home Insurance Tips
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Seasonal Vehicles: Insuring Your Summer Toys

By Alannah McEwan on Jun 26, 2017 11:09:24 AM

Summer is officially here and nice weather means that it's time to get out your favorite summer toys. This year, how will you get out and enjoy the nice weather? A drive to the mountains with your family in your RV for the long weekend? A day on the water of boating and fishing? Cruising down the highway enjoying a beautiful sunset in your convertible?  

Topics: Boat Insurance motorcycle insurance rv insurance
2 min read

Should You Change Your Own Oil?

By Alannah McEwan on May 29, 2017 2:41:30 PM

Is an oil change safe and practical for the average DIYer? Or is a job like this better left to the professionals?

Topics: car
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Vehicle Thefts on the Rise in Edmonton

By Alannah McEwan on May 23, 2017 12:33:05 PM

Last year there was a significant increase in the number of stolen vehicles in Edmonton. Stolen vehicles are often driven recklessly and used for crime. The good news is that every driver can help reduce the number of stolen vehicles by doing a few simple things.

Topics: car Car Insurance
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Introducing the Armour App!

By Alannah McEwan on May 12, 2017 10:03:20 AM

We are extremely excited to be able to offer our new Armour App to all our clients!

This app was designed to make your experience dealing with your insurance easier and more convenient.

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The Difference Between an Insurance Broker and an Insurance Agent - And Why You Should Care.

By Alannah McEwan on May 8, 2017 10:36:48 AM

Before I started working in insurance, I wouldn't have been able to tell you the difference between an insurance broker and an insurance agent. I figured they were basically the same, people who sold insurance.

Let's be honest, like many people I found insurance both too uninteresting and too complicated to put the effort into finding out if there was a difference. 

So kudos to you if you're reading this and making the effort to be better educated about insurance.

Topics: broker
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Introducing My Driving Discount!

By Alannah McEwan on Apr 12, 2017 2:54:10 PM

Intact customers can save up to 25% on their car insurance just for being good drivers!

We believe that good drivers should be rewarded for their good driving habits. The free and easy-to-use mobile app my Driving Discount can save you up to 25% on your insurance premiums!

Topics: Car Insurance
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Hail in Alberta: What You Need to Know

By Alannah McEwan on Apr 7, 2017 11:43:46 AM

Severe storms with hail, lightning, strong winds and heavy rain are unpredictable and can strike quickly with devastating results. Check with your Insurance Broker before a storm strikes to ensure your policies are up to date and reflect your needs and situation.

Hail storms occur across Canada, but none are as furious as the storms in Alberta.

Topics: Hail Insurance
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Select Sweepstakes 2017/2018

By Alannah McEwan on Mar 29, 2017 11:54:59 AM

 

This year’s Select Sweepstakes contest is going to be bigger and better than ever! In addition to giving away 4 new vehicles, there are 8 chances to win a $5,000 travel certificate and 3 chances to win a $10,000 travel certificate!

Topics: contest sweepstakes
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Are You Ready for Spring Weather?

By Alannah McEwan on Mar 20, 2017 2:03:58 PM

It’s the first day of spring – hello spring and goodbye winter! While you’re looking forward to nicer weather, spring is a great time you to review your home insurance policy. Make sure that you’re covered against the type of damage that comes with the change in weather.

Topics: home insurance Home Insurance Tips home maintenance
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Insurance for Small Businesses in Alberta

By Alannah McEwan on Mar 17, 2017 3:12:53 PM

Western Canada has a healthy and growing small business community. Small businesses have a big impact on Alberta's economy. There are over 165,700 small businesses in Alberta! 

Topics: commercial insurance Commercial Insurance Alberta
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Home Sharing Insurance for Short Term Rentals

By Alannah McEwan on Feb 27, 2017 4:06:16 PM

Do you rent out your entire home or part of your home on a short term basis? Aviva now offers coverage specifically designed for those who rent their property through home rental networks!

Topics: home insurance insurance Homeowners
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I’ve Been in a Hit and Run, What Should I Do?

By Alannah McEwan on Feb 17, 2017 4:04:34 PM

A hit and run accident can be one of the most frustrating experiences for a driver. A hit and run accident is frustrating because the person at fault has left the scene, leaving you to deal with the damage to your vehicle.

Topics: Car Insurance insurance
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EPCOR Letter May Have Some Residents Paying Twice for Water Service Line Insurance

By Alannah McEwan on Jan 30, 2017 3:54:16 PM

During a recent trip to the mail box many Edmontonians found a letter from EPCOR about water service line insurance.

Topics: insurance
2 min read

Should You Tip Your Uber Driver?

By Alannah McEwan on Jan 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Canada is a tipping friendly country. We tip our waitresses/waiters, our baristas, our valets. It’s common practice to tip our taxi drivers. But what about an Uber driver? Are we expected to tip them? Is the tip included in the price?

Topics: uber
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Possible New Tax on Private Health and Dental Plans

By Alannah McEwan on Jan 17, 2017 9:56:46 AM

Stories that the upcoming federal budget will include a plan to tax employer provided health and dental insurance has generated controversy across the country.

Topics: health insurance
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Advantages & Disadvantages of Mortgage Insurance vs Term Life Insurance

By Alannah McEwan on Jan 6, 2017 9:07:08 AM

Both mortgage insurance and life term insurance essentially serve the same purpose. However, there are some important differences. Each comes with advantages and disadvantages. It’s important that consumers do their research and understand these differences before selecting a policy.

Topics: life insurance mortgage insurance
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Why Now is the Best Time to Buy Life Insurance

By Alannah McEwan on Dec 30, 2016 1:49:23 PM

If someone will suffer financially when you die, you need life insurance. It provides money to your family after your death. This insurance policy will replace your income and can help your family meet important financial needs like funeral costs, daily living expenses, and college funding. It will also protect your family from being burdened by your debt. 

Topics: life insurance life insurance policy
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Save Money This Year With an Insurance Makeover

By Alannah McEwan on Dec 22, 2016 12:05:54 PM

Spending some time reviewing your current insurance policies, switching to a new policy, or identifying a new discount on your current policy can help you take better care of yourself, your family, and can help you save money.

Topics: Car Insurance life insurance home insurance insurance
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Heading Down South This Winter? Make Sure You Read This First.

By Alannah McEwan on Dec 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

For thousands of Canadians winter is a time to escape the cold weather and head to the sunny south! Before you pack your shorts and passports, there are some important insurance considerations to keep in mind.

Topics: travel insurance travelers insurance
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CLPNA Member Wins Mini Cooper with Armour Insurance

By Alannah McEwan on Dec 7, 2016 9:03:15 AM

During a call from Armour Insurance and Economical Insurance last month, Sara’s disbelief quickly turned into excitement as she was given the news that she was the winner of a brand new 2016 MINI Cooper.

Topics: group insurance sweepstakes
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Armour Named as CSIO Technology Leader

By Alannah McEwan on Nov 30, 2016 9:58:08 AM

This fall, The Center for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) announced 50 Technology Leader Brokerages from across Canada. Armour Insurance was chosen as one of the brokerages to receive the award. Innovation and technology are at the heart of Armour's strategy to create a seamless experience for our customers.

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Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

By Alannah McEwan on Nov 24, 2016 3:32:11 PM

Going away for the holidays? Between shopping for gifts, party planning, cooking, and decorating, it’s important to find time to prepare your home for your absence. You need to consider how you will prepare your home to ensure your home and belongings remain safe.

Topics: home insurance home
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Alumni of Alberta Save 20% With Armour

By Alannah McEwan on Nov 17, 2016 2:20:32 PM

Cost is a major concern for most people when buying insurance. You want to make sure you are getting the best policy at the best rate. One that will provide you with the best protection and price. If you’ve graduated from any university in Alberta, you will automatically get 20% off the price of your home and car insurance with Armour Insurance.

Topics: group insurance
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Commercial Insurance Tips for New Business Owners

By Alannah McEwan on Nov 7, 2016 11:53:13 AM

When looking for business insurance coverage, many new business owners find themselves overwhelmed. There is no one size fits all when it comes to business insurance as every business is unique. Talking to a professional broker that specializes in commercial insurance can help you better understand your options and find a package that best fits your business.

Topics: commercial insurance business insurance
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Alberta Resident Wins 2016 MINI Cooper in Select Sweepstakes Contest

By Alannah McEwan on Nov 3, 2016 3:49:50 PM

When she entered the Select Sweepstakes draw seven months ago, Sara Shaw never imagined that she would win.

Topics: Auto Insurance Car Insurance group insurance
2 min read

Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Home That Can Save You Money

By Alannah McEwan on Oct 27, 2016 11:10:30 AM

Fall is here and now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for winter. Regular home maintenance can help you avoid paying for major repairs. It can also reduce your number of homeowner insurance claims (an increase in claims can increase your insurance premiums).

Take care of these important home maintenance tasks to ensure your home is ready for winter.  

Topics: Home Insurance Tips home Homeowners home maintenance home renovations
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Redeem a Dream Contest

By Alannah McEwan on Oct 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Our biggest contest of the year Redeem a Dream has just launched! 

Topics: contest
2 min read

Should You Get Winter Tires?

By Alannah McEwan on Sep 28, 2016 4:07:03 PM

Are you debating buying winter tires? Not sure of the benefits? As fall begins, and winter draws closer, it’s time to start thinking about tires. Many Albertans believe that their all season tires are ‘good enough’. What is the difference between winter tires and all season tires? Is good enough really good enough?

Topics: car winter driving
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Tips To Prevent Vehicle Theft

By Alannah McEwan on Sep 13, 2016 12:55:25 PM

An experienced thief can steal your car, without a key, in 30 seconds. After your home, your vehicle is probably your largest investment. Most vehicle thefts are preventable. Taking some simple steps can help reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen.  

Topics: car car thieves stolen cars
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Insurance Tips for Home Owners

By Alannah McEwan on Sep 2, 2016 11:39:18 AM

Home ownership is one of the biggest financial investments that Canadians make. You want to make sure that this large investment is properly insured. Your home is vulnerable to damage and destruction. Fire, flood, and theft are just some examples. Properly insuring your home means that you have adequate coverage in the event of serious damage or destruction.

Topics: home insurance home Homeowners home renovations
2 min read

If I Lend My Car to a Friend Will My Insurance Still Cover Me?

By Alannah McEwan on Aug 19, 2016 4:04:15 PM

What happens if you lend your vehicle to a friend or relative and they get into an accident while driving? What are the risk of lending someone your vehicle? Whose insurance will cover the damages? These are the questions you should have an answer to before lending out your vehicle.

Topics: Auto Insurance Car Insurance
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Tips to Getting Your Mortgage Approved

By Alannah McEwan on Aug 15, 2016 9:41:04 AM

Thinking of buying a home? You’ll probably first need to get approved for a mortgage. To improve your chances, there are a variety of things that you can do. Being prepared will help you show the lender that you are ready and able to take on a mortgage. Below are some tips to help you increase your chances of being approved for a mortgage. 

Topics: home insurance Homeowners Home Insurance Blog mortgage insurance
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Aviva Home Protect Bundle

By Alannah McEwan on Aug 3, 2016 12:31:39 PM

Aviva’s Home Protect Bundle is a new product available to home and condo owners who have their insurance policy with Aviva Insurance Company of Canada. This cost saving value added package was created to help you decrease and prevent claims. It also offers a variety of assistance services from professionals in legal matters, health issues, and real estate. 

Topics: home insurance Home Insurance Blog

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