Frequently Asked Questions About Business Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions About Business Insurance

Get straight and simple answers to all your business insurance frequently asked questions.
These FAQs were gathered from Canadian business owners like you.

Does landscaping insurance cover damages to a client’s property caused by landscaping mistakes or errors?

You need to include errors and omissions (E&O) insurance in your policy to cover claims of professional negligence, mistakes, errors, omissions, and failure to deliver a service as promised. Talk to a Zensurance broker if you have questions.

Does my landscaping insurance policy cover their work if I hire part-time or seasonal employees?

No. A landscaping insurance policy only covers your full-time employees up to its specified coverage limit. If you hire part-time or seasonal employees or subcontractors, they should have their own coverage.

My company only provides lawn care and basic lawn mowing services. Do I need a landscaping insurance policy?

Yes. Although cutting grass seems like a low-risk service, you could always face a third-party bodily injury or property damage claim or lawsuit. Without insurance, you must shoulder the cost of those claims, including your legal defence expenses, if you need to hire a lawyer.

Does soccer liability insurance cover auto collisions or accidents?

If you have commercial auto insurance as part of your soccer liability policy, yes, a transportation-related accident involving a team bus, van, or private vehicles transporting players, coaches, and a team’s volunteer staff may be covered. Most private-passenger car insurance policies do not cover accidents involving a vehicle used for business purposes to transport people, materials, or packaged goods. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker if you have questions about commercial auto insurance.

What types of third-party bodily injuries to players does a soccer insurance policy cover?

Many insurers offer participant injury coverage within a soccer liability insurance policy to cover participants in a soccer game under the policyholder’s (i.e. the team or the league) coverage. Speak to a Zensurance broker if you have questions.

Do referees and league officials need soccer liability insurance?

Yes. Referees and officials responsible for officiating soccer matches and tournaments may face lawsuits, claims, or allegations of negligence arising from their decisions or actions during games.

Does dog training liability insurance cover training sessions conducted in a public park or at a customer’s home?

Yes. Dog training liability insurance typically covers training sessions conducted in various locations, including public parks, a customer’s home, training facilities, or your place of business. However, you should confirm with a Zensurance broker that your policy allows for this and ensure you comply with local regulations.

Does dog training liability insurance cover trainers for all types of dog breeds?

Some insurers may have restrictions or exclusions for specific dog breeds with a perceived higher risk of aggression or bite incidents. Ask a Zensurance broker about your policy’s exclusions or breed restrictions.

Does dog training liability insurance cover remote or online training sessions?

Coverage for remote or online training services may vary among insurance providers. If you offer virtual dog training sessions, speak to a Zensurance broker to ensure your policy covers virtual training sessions.

Does product liability insurance cover me if I also sell on other third-party marketplaces?

Yes. Whether your business is a private label seller, wholesaler, or retail shop that uses Amazon or any online marketplace including eBay, Etsy, and Wayfair, a customized product liability insurance policy is designed to cover you for third-party bodily injury and third-party property damage claims caused to a customer by a product you sold to them.

What is the difference between liability insurance and cargo insurance for moving companies?

Liability insurance (such as general liability or commercial auto insurance) covers damages and injuries to third parties, while cargo insurance covers damage or loss of customers’ belongings while in transit.

Do moving companies need insurance for their storage facilities?

Yes. Any moving company offering storage services needs coverage for their storage facilities, including commercial property insurance to protect the facility and general liability insurance to cover third-party injuries or property damage on the premises.

Does moving company insurance cover damage caused by improper packing or handling by customers?

No. Your coverage may not extend to damage caused by customers’ improper packing or handling of goods. Educate your customers on proper packing techniques and offer professional packing services to minimize the risk of damage to their belongings.

Does dropshipping insurance cover products shipped to customers outside of Canada?

It depends on your policy’s terms, conditions, and exclusions. A dropshipping insurance policy’s coverage terms and exclusions may vary depending on the provider. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker about your options to cover items shipped internationally.

Can dropshipping insurance help protect my business against customer chargebacks?

Yes. Dropshipping insurance, which includes product liability coverage, is designed to cover financial losses due to chargebacks, customer disputes, fraud, and legal expenses for dispute resolution.

Do I need dropshipping insurance if I already have product liability insurance?

Although product liability insurance covers risks associated with products you sell to customers, dropshipping insurance covers you for specific risks related to using outsourced dropshipping providers, such as shipping damage, order fulfillment errors, and errors by the dropshipping provider.

Does sports coach insurance cover volunteer coaches?

Yes. Sports coach liability insurance covers volunteer coaches, although the level of coverage and eligibility may vary depending on the insurance provider, the coverage limits, and policy terms.

Does a sports coach insurance policy cover allegations of professional misconduct?

Yes. Sports coach liability insurance that includes professional liability coverage may cover claims alleging professional misconduct, negligence, errors or omissions in their coaching duties.

Why do amateur sports coaches need liability insurance?

Sports coaches need liability insurance to protect themselves from potential lawsuits related to player injuries, third-party property damage, professional negligence, or other liabilities that may arise during coaching activities. Although it may not be required legally in your province, it is highly recommended to have adequate coverage to cover unexpected damages and losses.

Can a sole proprietor or independent contractor get drywall insurance?

Yes. Sole proprietors and independent contractors can obtain drywall insurance. It’s important to have coverage before embarking on any construction or renovation project to protect yourself from potential liabilities and financial risks.

What happens if a drywaller doesn’t have insurance and is sued?

If you don’t have drywall insurance and you’re sued for damages or injuries related to your work, you could be personally responsible for covering the costs, including legal fees and settlements, which would significantly impact your finances and business.

Is professional liability insurance included in drywall insurance?

No. Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, is not typically included in a drywall contractor insurance policy. However, you can add it to a policy if you wish. It is worthwhile to have if you provide consulting and design services.

Do I need business insurance if my side hustle is only part-time?

Yes. Most side hustles or side jobs you have require business liability insurance to protect your finances from accidents, unexpected damages, and legal threats. Whether you’re a part-time Amazon or Etsy seller, dog walker, or photographer, you’re liable for any product you sell or service you provide.

Does my side hustle insurance cover special events?

Some side hustle insurance policies may cover special events, but it depends on the policy’s terms, conditions, exclusions, and endorsements. Most policies would cover you for your business attending events such as markets and tradeshows. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker if you have questions about the type of coverage you need.

Can I get insurance if my side hustle operates from home?

Yes. Whether a side hustle or full-time occupation, all home-based businesses should have a business insurance policy. Contrary to popular belief, homeowner insurance, condo insurance, or renters insurance is not designed to cover damages and losses resulting from commercial activities.

Are franchisees required to purchase insurance through the franchisor’s recommended provider?

Not necessarily. While some franchisors may have preferred insurance providers, franchisees can choose their insurance company or broker. Regardless, ensuring that your coverage meets the franchisor’s requirements is essential.

Does my franchise need umbrella liability insurance?

Umbrella liability insurance provides additional coverage beyond the limits of your primary policy. It offers extra protection if a large liability claim exhausts your policy’s coverage limit. Speak to a Zensurance broker about your business’s coverage limits and if you need to add umbrella insurance to your policy.

Do franchisees need insurance if the franchisor provides some coverage?

While your franchisor may provide some liability coverage, it is often limited or has gaps, exposing you to financial losses in the event of a claim or lawsuit. Franchisees are typically responsible for obtaining comprehensive insurance that meets the franchisor’s requirements and adequately addresses the specific risks of their operations.

How much coverage does my pharmacy technician insurance policy require?

Your policy’s coverage limit depends on the minimum amount of insurance required by your provincial regulator, your pharmacy practice setting, the level of risk, and potential legal costs you may incur.

Does pharmacy tech liability insurance cover all types of pharmacy practice settings?

Coverage can vary among policies. Policies may differ for those working in community pharmacies, hospitals, or other healthcare facilities. Speak to a Zensurance broker to learn what your options are.

Are legal defence costs covered even if a claim against me is meritless or unfounded?

Yes. A pharmacy technician liability insurance policy covers your legal defence costs, even if the claim against you is unfounded, meritless, or frivolous.

How can I get a certificate of insurance for an event?

After purchasing a special event liability insurance policy from Zensurance, we will email you a certificate of insurance in 24 hours or less.

Does my event insurance policy cover incidents that occur after the event?

No. Once your special event liability insurance policy expires, it will not cover damage or loss claims that occur after the event has ended.

Does special event insurance cover cancellations?

If your event is cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather, you may require additional coverage for the financial losses you incur.

What is “Minimum Retained Premium”?

It is the minimum amount of the premium an insurance company is required to keep for coverage and not refund to the customer, even if the policy is cancelled before its term is completed.

What are the fees when financing my insurance premium through Imperial PFS Canada?
  • Finance fee: Varies based on the insurance premium
  • Credit card fee: When financing your premium with a credit card, you are charged a 2.25% fee
  • Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee For every missed payment, you will be charged a $50 NSF fee
What happens if I miss a payment?

If you miss the original payment deadline, there will be an automatic attempt to retrieve your payment three business days later. You will be charged a $50 NSF fee for a missed payment. If funds are unavailable within three business days of your payment deadline, please call Imperial PFS Canada at 1-866-815-9454 to schedule an alternative payment date.
If an attempt to retrieve your missed payment automatically does not clear, you will be charged an additional $50 NSF fee. You must contact Imperial PFS Canada directly to arrange payment or email our team at support@zensurance.com.

Where can I find my Imperial PFS Canada login information?

Your initial login information is your Imperial PFS Canada account number and the postal code you provided when you completed your finance agreement.

What if I want to make changes to my method of billing or billing date? 

Please log in to this portal to update your payment information. For details on how to do this click here.

Alternatively, you can reach out to the Zensurance Account Team by email at support@zensurance.com or call us toll-free at 1-888-6546030.

Where can I access more information about Imperial PFS Canada and my financing options or account information?

Please visit the Imperial PFS Canada website here.

Is there a downpayment required to finance my premium through IPFS?

Yes. This payment is required when setting up your insurance coverages and depending on your policy, it can range from 8% to 25% of your total financed premium.

Who is IPFS? And what part does IPFS play in the billing of my insurance policy?

Imperial PFS Canada is our third-party partner providing Zensurance clients with monthly premium financing. A small financing fee is added to the overall financed amount.

How do I get my receipt for my insurance premium?

Please email support@zensurance.com. We are happy to provide you with a copy.

How can I pay for my policy?
  • Credit card
  • Electronic transfer
  • Automatic banking withdrawal
What payment options do you offer?
  • An annual full payment
  • Monthly financing through our financing partner, Imperial PFS Canada.
What is co-insurance?

Co-insurance, found chiefly in commercial property policies, refers to sharing financial responsibility between the policyholder and the insurance company for covered losses or claims. It is a clause that may be included in the policy to ensure that the insured carries the correct amount of coverage. Failing to meet the co-insurance requirement may result in a penalty. For example, if your property is valued at $1 million and your policy has an 80% co-insurance clause, you must have at least $800,000 in coverage. You would be considered underinsured if you only carry $600,000 in coverage.. In the event of a claim, a penalty would be applied.

Can I choose my own repair contractor or legal counsel?

Many insurance companies have a network of preferred repair shops or lawyers. However, you may be able to choose your own, depending on your policy. Always confirm with your insurer first.

What happens if the cost of my claim exceeds my policy limit?

If the cost of a claim exceeds your policy limit, you’ll be responsible for paying the balance owed.

What is a deductible?

A deductible is the amount that you agree to pay out of pocket before your insurance coverage applies. Read more about how deductibles work here.

How will a claim affect my insurance premiums?

Filing a claim may increase your insurance premium. The amount depends on the nature of the claim, your claim history, and the specifics of your policy.

What can I do if my claim is denied?

If your claim is denied, the adjuster will provide you with a letter outlining the reasons for the denial. If you have any questions or want to review it, contact us, and we will do so. You can always ask the adjuster to review additional information to reconsider their decision, as long as it is submitted within the reporting period.

How long does it take a claim to be settled?

How long a claim takes to close varies. Some claims are resolved in a few days and some may take a year or more. If you want to speed up the process, stay in touch with your adjuster and get them all the information they request as quickly as possible.

What information do I need to provide an adjuster in the event of a claim?

The adjuster assigned to your claim will be looking for all details relevant to the situation (legal notices, repair invoices, photos, etc.) and proof of what you have lost. If a theft or property damage occurs, the adjuster will ask you to prove you owned the property. You may be required to submit original receipts, transaction histories or vendor statements to the adjuster, like a Home Depot account history.

Does Zensurance assign contractors to help fix damages related to my claim?

No. As insurance brokers, we do not have direct access to contractors. In case of a loss and immediate assistance is required, we recommend contacting an emergency restoration company. Retaining all receipts for any expenses incurred during this process is important. An adjuster representing the insurance company will reach out to you, and you can submit the receipts to them for potential reimbursement.

Does Zensurance send the payments for my claim?

No, payments for your claim are made directly by your insurer. Zensurance does not disburse claim payments. Once the insurer approves your claim, they will handle the payment process and issue payment to you directly.

Does Zensurance decide whether or not my policy’s coverage applies to a claim?

Zensurance does not have the authority to make coverage decisions on your claim. That responsibility lies with the adjuster who is assigned to your claim. However, we can recommend specific coverage options tailored to your business, especially after a claim.

Does Zensurance advocate for my claim?

Absolutely! At Zensurance, we are committed to advocating for our customers’ rights. If we notice that a claim is taking an excessive amount of time or if a settlement offer is deemed unfair, we will step in to provide assistance and ensure that your best interests are represented.

Who might contact me during my claim?

Multiple parties may be involved in assessing your claim and may contact you. Examples of parties that may contact you include, a Zensurance broker, claims examiner , claims adjuster and contractors preferred by your insurer. Some insurance companies use adjusters they employ, and others use adjusters from IPG, Claimspro, DWF or Crawford. Don’t be surprised if a few people contact you, but always feel free to contact us if you need clarification about someone’s role.

I called the Zensurance emergency line and reported a claim. What happens next?

Our after-hours emergency calls go to our partners at IPG. They will assist you and then report the details to us, and we will share the information with your insurer. IPG may continue handling your claim, or another adjuster might be assigned. We will review it and contact you the next business day after you report a claim. An adjuster cannot confirm your coverage.

Does Zensurance handle my claim?

As insurance brokers, Zensurance is not directly responsible for handling claims. Instead, claims are typically managed either by your insurer or an independent adjuster assigned to your claim by the insurer.

I just submitted a claim. What happens next?

After reporting a claim, the Zensurance claims team reviews the details and will contact you to confirm it has been received.We will then report it to your insurance company and an adjuster will be assigned. They will contact you and share next steps within a few business days. The adjuster will collect all information relevant to the claim, review and make a coverage decision.

Does auto detailing business insurance cover mobile car detailing?

Yes, an auto detailing insurance policy can include mobile car detailing operations coverage. However, your policy must explicitly state it provides mobile car detailing services coverage. Sometimes called ‘off-premises’ coverage, talk to a Zensurance broker if you have questions about this type of protection.

Are independent contractors or employees I hire covered by my auto detailing liability insurance?

It depends on the terms and conditions of your policy. Most auto detailing insurance policies include coverage for full- and part-time employees, but you may need to list them as additional insureds. Independent contractors, however, require their own liability insurance, as your policy does not automatically protect them.

Are there any exclusions in auto detailing liability insurance policies?

Yes. Every insurance policy has exclusions. For example, intentional acts that cause damage to your business or criminal activities committed by an employee are not covered. A Zensurance broker can review your policy’s details to ensure you understand what you are and are not covered for if you need to file a claim.

Does vape shop insurance cover online sales of vaping products?

It depends on the policy. Some insurance policies include coverage for online sales, but not all. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker if you sell vaping products online.

Is selling e-liquids with high nicotine concentrations considered more risky to vape store owners?

Yes. Insurance providers consider vape juice or e-liquids with high nicotine concentrations more risky, and selling them may impact your premium.

Does vape shop insurance include coverage for offering custom e-liquid mixing services?

Yes. However, providing this service may require higher coverage limits and affect your annual premium.

Can I save money on my annual premium by bundling different insurance coverages?

Yes. Many insurance providers offer business owner’s policies that combine multiple coverages, such as general liability, commercial property, and business interruption insurance, at a lower premium than if they’re purchased separately.

Is flood insurance included in a laundromat and dry cleaning insurance policy?

No. While water damage to your property caused by a burst pipe is covered by commercial property insurance, overland flood insurance is not typically included. Speak to a Zensurance broker if you need flood insurance for your business.

Can I change my coverage if my business expands or adds new services?

Yes. It’s advisable to make changes and update your policy whenever your business expands or adds new services by contacting a Zensurance broker. Also, consider how your laundry business has changed when you renew your policy each year to ensure you’re adequately covered.

Why should DJs get liability insurance?

Your clients want to hire a professional DJ for their wedding, party, or corporate event. Having DJ liability insurance and a valid certificate of insurance to show your clients demonstrates your professionalism. Moreover, a DJ liability insurance policy doesn’t only protect you and your equipment; it also protects your clients and their guests if someone is injured or an unexpected incident occurs that causes others financial or physical harm.

Does Zensurance provide one-day DJ event insurance coverage?

No. Zensurance offers low-cost annual policies to protect disc jockeys year-round for every event or occasion they host. An annual liability policy offers DJs the benefit of continuous coverage throughout the year at a more affordable price than buying separate one-day policies for multiple events, and annual policies cover a broader scope of risks.

Can I add other parties to my DJ liability insurance policy as additional insureds?

Yes. In most cases, you can add a venue owner, event organizer, or an employee to your policy if you wish. By doing so, your policy provides them with limited protection for damage or loss claims.

Does general liability insurance cover injuries to my employees?

No. General liability insurance is designed to cover injuries or property damage to third parties, like your customers. Your provincial workers’ compensation board covers an injured employee’s medical expenses and rehabilitation.

Besides the location of my business, what other factors influence the cost of general liability insurance?

Beyond the location of your business, insurance providers consider several factors about your operations when determining the cost of a general liability insurance policy. These include what your company does and its products and services, the size of your business and how many employees you have, your annual and projected revenue, the coverage limits you choose, and your insurance claim history.

How does my business location affect the cost of general liability insurance?

Where your business is located significantly affects the price you will pay for general liability insurance. For instance, areas with high crime rates, regions prone to natural disasters, or businesses close to high-risk activities, such as a nearby chemical plant, tend to pay more because the likelihood of suffering damages or losses may be higher than in other locations.

Does pet grooming insurance include coverage for mobile grooming businesses?

Yes. A customized pet grooming insurance policy from Zensurance can include coverage for mobile animal grooming services. Mobile pet grooming professionals typically operate out of a vehicle or trailer and travel to customers’ homes or other locations to provide services. Because of this unique business model, mobile grooming businesses may have different insurance needs than traditional brick-and-mortar animal grooming businesses.

Can I add additional insureds to my pet grooming insurance policy?

Yes. You can add additional insureds, such as employees, clients, landlords, or vendors, to your pet grooming business insurance policy. There is no cost for including additional insureds under your policy to protect them from claims arising from your business operations.

What is not covered by pet grooming insurance?

Pet grooming business insurance may not cover certain losses, such as intentional acts, criminal activities, or losses outside the policy period or coverage territory. It’s important to have a Zensurance broker review your policy and explain its exclusions and limitations.

Does my contractor insurance cover the subcontractors I hire?

Your contractor insurance may cover subcontractors you hire if you include them as additional insureds in your policy. However, it’s highly recommended you only hire subcontractors that have their own insurance coverage.

Does contractor liability insurance cover mistakes made by a contractor?

Provided your contractor insurance policy includes professional liability insurance (also known as errors and omissions insurance), a claim against you for making mistakes on a project or building may be covered.

Does contractor liability insurance cover completed operations claims?

Yes. A contractor liability insurance policy can cover claims that arise after the completion of a project. For example, such claims might involve issues that become apparent after your work is done, such as a structural problem with a building.

Does liquor liability insurance cover fines for provincial liquor law violations?

No. Liquor liability insurance covers third-party bodily injury or property damage claims arising from selling or serving alcoholic beverages to people in your establishment or attending an event you host. It is not designed to pay for fines or penalties you are charged with by your province’s liquor control board or other authority.

Is liquor liability insurance federally mandated in Canada?

No. However, each province has laws and regulations governing the sale and serving of alcoholic beverages in their respective jurisdictions. Check your province’s liquor control laws and regulations to know what you are legally required to do to sell and serve alcohol.

Does a liquor liability insurance policy cover my employees’ actions?

Liquor liability insurance generally covers claims arising from the actions of customers or guests served alcohol by your employees in your establishment or at your event. It typically does not cover actions or injuries caused by your employees if they are intoxicated. Those may be covered under a separate general liability policy or by workers’ compensation insurance in your province.

If I hire a subcontractor for a job, are they covered by my locksmith insurance policy?

It depends on your policy. Some policies automatically include coverage for subcontractors, while others do not. It’s recommended you only hire subcontractors who have their own insurance.

Does locksmith insurance cover completed operations or jobs?

Yes. Locksmith insurance covers claims arising after completing a job, like a lock installation or repair, should a customer allege your work led to property damage or was inadequate.

Does locksmith liability insurance cover any advertising-related claims against me?

Yes. A locksmith insurance policy that includes professional liability insurance can cover you for claims related to your advertising, such as allegations of false advertising, defamation, or copyright infringement.

Is basketball liability insurance mandatory for basketball organizations and teams?

Whether buying basketball insurance is a legal requirement depends on the jurisdiction, league, or facility where activities are taking place. Some organizations, tournament organizers, or venues may mandate basketball liability insurance for teams or events held on their premises. If not, obtaining liability insurance is highly recommended as it protects you, your organization, and team from potential financial losses that could arise from liability claims.

Are coaches and volunteers covered under basketball liability insurance?

Yes. Basketball insurance covers coaches, volunteers, and other staff members working on behalf of an organization or team. However, speak to a Zensurance broker and ensure you understand the details of your policy, including the coverage limits and exclusions.

How can basketball teams and associations reduce their liability risks and potentially lower insurance premiums?

Implementing risk management strategies can help reduce liability risks. For example, proactively maintaining facilities and equipment, providing proper coaching and supervision, enforcing safety protocols, and promoting sportsmanship can demonstrate

Are there exclusions in musician liability insurance?

Yes. Exclusions are common in all liability insurance policies. Common exclusions in a musician insurance policy may include intentional acts, contractual liabilities not expressly covered, and claims related to certain high-risk activities. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker if you have questions about your policy’s coverages and exclusions.

Are Canadian musicians who perform internationally covered by musician liability insurance?

Yes. Some insurance policies cover musicians who perform internationally. However, the extent of coverage may vary, so it’s essential to check with a Zensurance broker about the geographical scope of your policy.

As an independent musician, do I still need musician liability insurance if I perform in small venues or at local events?

Yes. Indie bands and musicians who perform in small venues or at local events can experience accidents and liability claims in any setting. Insurance provides protection and peace of mind, regardless of the scale of your performances.

Does commercial general liability insurance cover my performances at different venues and locations?

Yes. Commercial general liability insurance at various locations and venues for both single performances or multiple engagements. Your policy should specify the coverage territory based on your needs. Speak to a Zensurance broker if you have questions.

Does commercial general liability insurance cover accidents or injuries to a performer or entertainer themselves?

No. General liability insurance is designed to cover the cost of bodily injuries or property damages to third parties, such as an audience member, venue owner, or event organizer.

Why do performers and entertainers need professional liability insurance?

Professional liability insurance covers performers against claims alleging errors, mistakes, or negligence in their professional services. It covers claims related to performance failures, breach of contract, copyright infringement, or other professional errors.

Is artisan and crafters liability insurance required by law?

The requirement for artisan and crafters liability insurance can vary depending on your location and the nature of your business. In some cases, certain venues, markets, or events may require a certificate of liability insurance to participate. Even if it’s not legally mandated, having insurance is highly recommended to protect your profession and personal assets.

Do I need artisan and crafters liability insurance to sell my products online?

Yes. While online platforms provide a convenient way to reach customers, you still face potential risks and liabilities, such as product defects, copyright infringement, or data breaches. Artisan and crafters liability insurance can help protect you from financial losses associated with these risks.

Can artisan and crafters liability insurance cover claims arising from past work?

Artisan and crafters liability insurance typically covers claims that arise during the policy period. However, some policies may offer limited coverage for claims resulting from past work, known as retroactive coverage. Speak to a Zensurance broker if you have questions about retroactive coverage.

Is information technology liability insurance mandatory for IT companies?

Information technology liability insurance requirements vary depending on your jurisdiction, industry regulations, and client contracts. While it may not be mandatory in all cases, having appropriate insurance coverage is highly recommended to protect against potential financial losses from liability claims.

Does information technology liability insurance cover claims arising from work performed by subcontractors?

Coverage for subcontractors can vary depending on your policy. Some policies may automatically extend coverage to subcontractors, or you can add them as additional insureds. Other policies may require your subcontractors to get coverage on their own. Talk to a licensed information technology insurance broker at Zensurance to understand coverage options for subcontractors.

Does information technology insurance cover retroactive liability claims?

Retroactive liability claims are typically covered under an information technology insurance policy, as long as the retroactive date specified in the policy predates the incident or claim being made. The retroactive date is usually the start date of the policy.

Does hockey liability insurance cover me if I coach hockey outside of Canada?

The coverage provided by hockey liability insurance can vary between policies and providers. Some policies may offer worldwide coverage, while others may have territorial limitations. It’s essential to review the policy terms and conditions to understand the extent of coverage when coaching or playing hockey outside of Canada. If international coverage is not provided, additional coverage or a separate policy may be needed. Speak to a Zensurance broker if you have questions.

Can I add additional insureds to my hockey liability insurance policy?

Yes. Many hockey liability insurance policies allow adding other parties, including facility owners, sponsors, volunteers, or other entities requiring coverage under your policy. Adding additional insured parties to your policy involves no cost and provides the additional insureds with protection under your policy in case of a covered claim or lawsuit.

Can hockey liability insurance help protect me against lawsuits related to concussions or head injuries suffered by a player?

Hockey liability insurance may provide coverage for lawsuits related to concussions or head injuries, subject to the terms and conditions of the policy. However, your insurance policy may have exclusions or limitations for pre-existing conditions, repetitive trauma, or certain injuries. It’s advisable to carefully review the policy language and speak to a Zensurance broker to understand the extent of coverage for concussion-related claims.

Does journalist insurance cover me for content published on social media?

A journalist insurance policy can generally cover content published on social media platforms, provided it falls within the scope of your professional activities. However, reviewing your policy details and discussing any specific concerns with a Zensurance broker is essential.

Can journalist insurance help with legal costs if a reporter receives a cease and desist letter or lawsuit threat?

Yes. Journalist insurance can cover your legal costs if you receive a cease and desist letter or face a lawsuit threat related to your work. It can assist in covering expenses associated with responding to legal correspondence and seeking legal advice.

Can insurance for journalists protect against claims of biased reporting or unfair treatment?

Journalist insurance typically does not cover claims related to biased reporting or subjective opinions. However, it can cover a claim alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, emotional distress, or negligence resulting from your reporting, regardless of whether it was biased.

Does my holistic health practitioner insurance cover me for online consultations or telehealth services?

It depends on your policy’s terms and details. Some insurance providers may include coverage for online consultations and telehealth services, while others may have limitations or exclusions. It’s crucial to review the policy terms and discuss any potential coverage gaps with a Zensurance broker.

Do I need insurance if I work as an independent contractor in someone else’s holistic health practice?

Yes. It is highly recommended to have insurance coverage even if you work as an independent contractor. The practice’s insurance may not extend coverage to independent contractors. Having a policy protects you from potential liability claims arising from your services.

What is the difference between medical malpractice insurance and general liability insurance for holistic health practitioners?

Professional liability insurance, or medical malpractice insurance, covers claims related to professional negligence, errors, or omissions in healthcare services. General liability insurance covers claims for third-party bodily injury and property damage within the practice’s premises unrelated to your professional services.

Do I need caregiver insurance if I work for a home care agency?

While some home care agencies may provide insurance for their employees, it’s important to understand the specifics of the coverage. It’s recommended to review the agency’s insurance policy to ensure it adequately protects you and covers potential liabilities. Additionally, buying caregiver insurance can provide an extra layer of protection and peace of mind, especially if you work independently or as a freelance caregiver.

Can caregiver insurance cover me if I provide care for family members or friends?

Caregiver insurance is typically designed for professional caregivers who provide care in a formal employment capacity. It may not extend coverage to caregiving services provided to family members or friends on an informal basis.

Does caregiver insurance cover me if I work as a live-in caregiver?

Yes, caregiver insurance covers live-in caregivers. It extends coverage to the caregiver during their entire work period, whether they provide care during specific hours or live with the care recipient.

Can lifeguard and swim instructor insurance cover me for multiple locations or facilities?

Yes. Many lifeguard and swim instructor insurance policies cover you for your work at multiple locations or facilities. However, it is crucial to review the policy terms and ensure that it includes coverage for all the places where you provide services.

Will my insurance cover me for teaching activities outside of water, such as classroom sessions or dry-land training?

Lifeguard and swim instructor insurance policies typically focus on coverage for activities directly related to swimming and water-based instruction. However, some policies may offer limited coverage for dry-land activities or classroom sessions directly associated with swim instruction.

Does my employer’s insurance cover me as a lifeguard or swim instructor?

While some employers may provide coverage for their employees, it’s common for lifeguards and swim instructors to carry insurance policies to ensure they have sufficient protection.

Does a notary E&O insurance policy from Zensurance cover me if I provide services in more than one province?

Yes. Your customized E&O insurance policy from Zensurance protects you for the services you provide across Canada and online.

If a client alleges a notary made a mistake, can they be sued even if there was no error?

Yes. We live in a litigious society. If a notary is facing an allegation from a client, such as making a mistake, the client can bring a lawsuit against you seeking compensation. Defending yourself from lawsuits, even ones without merit or dismissed by a court can be costly.

Can a public notary be held personally and financially liable for their notarial services?

Yes. A notary can be held liable for the cost of damage or loss a client endures resulting from the services they provide.

Do I need cottage rental insurance if I only rent my property occasionally?

Yes. Even if you only rent your property occasionally, you need cottage rental insurance. Standard homeowner’s insurance policies typically do not cover commercial activities such as renting out a property and may exclude coverage for damages or liability claims arising from rental activities.

Does cottage rental insurance cover damage caused by a guest’s pet?

It depends. The coverage for damage caused by pets can vary depending on the policy and insurance provider. For example, some cottage rental insurance policies may exclude coverage for pet-related damages. In contrast, others may offer limited coverage or require an additional endorsement or rider to cover pet-related risks.

Can I cancel my cottage rental insurance policy if I no longer rent my property?

Yes. You can cancel your cottage rental insurance policy if you no longer rent your property. However, if a claim arises after the policy has been cancelled, there will be no coverage for that loss. Additionally, some insurance providers may charge a cancellation fee or require a notice period before cancelling the policy. Speak to a Zensurance broker if you have questions.

What type of incidents does product liability insurance for craft vendors cover?

Product liability insurance covers incidents where a customer is harmed or injured by a craft vendor’s product. That can include bodily injury, property damage, or financial loss caused by a product’s defect, manufacturing error, or failure to warn of potential risks.

Do I need commercial property insurance if I only participate in craft shows seasonally?

Yes, it’s wise to have commercial property insurance, even if you only participate in craft shows occasionally or seasonally. Your business assets, such as inventory and equipment, are still at risk of damage or loss; replacing these items can be significant.

Do I need general liability insurance if I only sell low-risk products?

Yes, general liability insurance is essential even if you sell low-risk products. Accidents can happen anytime, and customers can still suffer injuries or property damage, even from seemingly harmless products.

My butchery business is a sole proprietorship. Do I need insurance?

Yes. Even if you have no employees and are a sole proprietor, you need business insurance. There are still several risks involved in running a butchery business.

My butchery business is entirely online. Do I still need insurance?

Yes. Even if your business isn’t operated out of a traditional storefront, you still need insurance to protect your business in the transporting, preparing, and storing of meats.

My business only sells and doesn’t prepare and process meat products. Do I still need butcher insurance?

Yes. Even if you only store and sell meat products, you can still be held liable for the foods you sell to consumers..

What is the difference between occurrence-based and claims-made policies for HR consultant insurance?

Occurrence-based HR consultant insurance policies provide coverage for claims arising from incidents during the policy period, regardless of when the claim is filed. In contrast, claims-made policies cover claims reported during the policy period, irrespective of when the incident occurred. Occurrence-based policies are generally more expensive than claims-made policies but offer broader coverage and greater certainty of protection, even if a claim is made years after the policy has expired.

Can I purchase HR consultant insurance online, or do I need to work with an insurance broker?

The choice is yours. Zensurance makes it quick and easy to get a free quote for your HR consultant insurance needs from a wide range of insurance companies. You can build and purchase the policy you need online in just a few clicks. However, we also have a team of experienced, licensed business insurance brokers who can lend perspective and provide guidance advice after you apply for coverage. Our brokers will tailor your policy to adequately address your risks and ensure you’re neither underinsured nor overinsured.

What should I look for from an insurance brokerage when buying HR consultant insurance

Consider factors such as the brokerage’s financial strength and stability, its claims handling reputation, its existing customers’ Google Reviews of its services, the ability to provide a broad range of options for your coverage needs, and the customization to your policy and advice the firm’s brokers offer.

Does my vending machine business need insurance?

Yes. No small business should operate without insurance, or the implications of one accident or lawsuit could be financially devastating. Vending machine owners and operators face a broad range of risks. Without insurance, you’re on your own to pay for unexpected damages, losses, and accidents.

Will vending machine insurance cover me if my machines are vandalized and the products and money are stolen?

Yes. A vending machine insurance policy that includes commercial property coverage is designed to pay for theft of or from your vending machines and vandalism-related damages to them.

How do I reduce my vending machine business’s risks?

Other than purchasing a customized vending machine insurance policy from Zensurance to protect your assets and reputation, install surveillance cameras and cylinders locks and deadbolts on your machines, purchase machines with explosion-proof double layer glass, place machines in locations with high visibility, collect money from the machines frequently, and ensure your machines are anchored to the ground.

Why does an outdoor guide or outfitter need liability insurance?

Think of all the things that could possibly go wrong while out in the wilderness with your customers. Whether someone suffers an injury or experiences a medical emergency, if you are sued, the cost to defend yourself can run into thousands of dollars, even if the lawsuit has no merit.

Does Zensurance provide outdoor guides and outfitters with liability protection across Canada?

We can help professional outdoor guides and outfitters get the protection they need in all Canadian provinces except Quebec. We do not provide coverage for small businesses or independent professionals in the northern territories at this time.

How will I receive an outdoor guide and outfitters insurance policy after purchasing it from Zensurance?

Upon paying the premium for your policy, you will receive an email from us with a copy of your policy and a certificate of insurance to show your customers or business partners that verifies your coverage and its limits.

Do I need to ask my guests to buy a renters’ or tenants’ insurance policy while staying at my VRBO rental property?

Not necessarily. It’s your call if you ask guests to carry a personal renters’ or tenants’ insurance policy to cover the belongings they bring with them and provide them with a limited amount of liability protection during their stay at your VRBO rental. Talk to a Zensurance broker if you have questions about the coverages you need and the pros and cons of requiring your guests to have valid renters’ insurance.

Do VRBO hosts need landlord insurance?

No. Landlord insurance is designed for property owners who rent or lease a home, condo, or apartment to a tenant long-term. For short-term rentals through VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway or another home-sharing or vacation rental platform, you need the coverage offered by a customized VRBO insurance policy from Zensurance to complement your VRBO or home insurance or to protect your VRBO rental property completely.

How does Zensurance help if I file a claim for damage or loss?

Zensurance has a dedicated team available 24/7 to help you file a claim with your insurance provider and ensure your claim is handled quickly. Although we do not determine the outcome of your claim – your insurance provider decides to offer a settlement or not – if your claim is rejected, we serve as your advocate by contacting the insurance company to ask them to revisit their decision and investigate the matter anew.

Should I get bed and breakfast insurance if I operate it out of my house?

Yes. Even if you only rent one bedroom out to a guest every once in a while, you should protect yourself and your property with B&B insurance.

My bed and breakfast business is seasonal. Do I need insurance if my business is only open for a couple of months?

Yes. No matter how much time in the calendar year you operate a B&B business, you need insurance to protect your business and assets.

I run an Airbnb out of a property I own. Do I need an insurance policy?

Yes. Even if you use an online service like Airbnb, you should have a comprehensive coverage plan to protect yourself, your business, and your assets. While AirCover covers third-party bodily injury and property damage, it does not include professional liability insurance, cyber liability insurance, or commercial property insurance.

I’m considering buying a bed and breakfast. When do I need insurance?

As soon as possible. Protecting your property and information is important, even before your first guest has made a booking.

Is an independent marketing consultant required to purchase a business insurance policy?

Although it’s not a legal requirement to carry insurance, it is strongly recommended for a couple of reasons. First, your prospective clients may insist you have a policy, or they won’t hire you, and second, if you are sued or alleged to be responsible for damages, you’ll have to pay out of pocket if you don’t have a policy.

A client I’m working for has an insurance policy. Do I need to purchase insurance for myself?

Yes. Your client or agency’s insurance may not cover any liabilities you face, or their coverage may not protect you fully. Even an in-house consultant can be liable for damages if named in a claim or lawsuit.

If a client sues me because the marketing plan I designed and implemented for them fails to achieve the desired results, will insurance cover me?

Yes. A marketing consultant insurance policy includes professional liability coverage. It is designed to shield you from claims or lawsuits related to the advice you give and all of your professional services.

What are the different types of cargo insurance?

There are three main kinds of cargo insurance: open cargo insurance, specific or single cargo insurance, and contingent cargo insurance. Open cargo insurance covers your shipments for a specific time period and allows for multiple shipments during that time. Specific or single cargo insurance is ideal for businesses that ship infrequently, as it covers you on a per shipment basis. Contingent cargo insurance is broad and is usually purchased by freight brokers – individuals or organizations that are transportation intermediaries.

Do I still need cargo insurance if the courier or shipping company offers it?

Yes. It is advisable to have a cargo insurance policy even if the courier or freight service you use offers coverage for your shipments. The amount of coverage the shipping company offers may not be sufficient to cover any losses or damages you suffer.

What does ‘general average’ mean when shipping products?

The general average is an internationally recognized maritime law that states all parties share the costs of damage or loss to shipments made by sea if the ship carrying your cargo must voluntarily sacrifice the cargo or a portion of the vessel because of an emergency. For instance, if your freight is on a ship that is sinking at sea and the crew intentionally jettison its cargo to save the ship, the cost of the lost goods is shared equally by the cargo owners, the transportation company, and the owners of the ship.

My conveyorized tunnel car wash uses a lot of different chemicals and detergents to get customers’ vehicles clean. Will my policy cover me for the types of chemicals I need to use?

If the exterior of a customer’s vehicle is damaged by the detergents or chemicals your car wash uses, your commercial general liability coverage is designed to pay for those damages. However, you may need to add pollution liability insurance to your policy to protect yourself from the risk of sudden or gradual environmental damage.

In the wintertime, the combination of frigid temperatures, water, and electricity can wreak havoc on car washing equipment. Will my policy cover me if my equipment ceases to work and needs repair because of frozen components?

If you have equipment breakdown insurance as part of your policy, and your car wash equipment malfunctions because of mechanical or electrical damage or failure, your policy will cover the cost of damages.

I have a lot of employee turnover at my car wash. Will my car wash insurance policy cover me for internal theft of money or inventory?

You need to include commercial crime insurance to your policy to be covered for internal theft, forgery, fraud, and employee dishonesty. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker if you have concerns about internal theft.

Does my pet sitter insurance policy cover me for any injuries sustained by the pet?

Yes, with many commercial liability insurance policies, you can be covered for damage to a third party, including the animal you’re looking after. As always, though, it’s best to check with a broker if you’re unsure of any specific coverages in your policies.

Do I still need pet sitting insurance if it’s only my side hustle?

Yes, accidents can happen to any sized business. Animals are highly unpredictable, and you can be liable for a situation regardless of whether you have a fully-fledged pet sitting business or if it’s just a way to make a bit of extra cash.

Can my home insurance cover the pets that are in my care?

No. Your home insurance won’t cover any business-related activities, including animals left in your care as part of a paid service.

Most of the clients I work for have business insurance. Do I still need a virtual assistant insurance policy?

Yes. Your clients’ insurance policies may not include protection for you and your services, and if it does, there may be gaps in that coverage that expose you to the risk of an expensive lawsuit. Therefore, you need to protect your finances and career with a virtual assistant insurance policy tailored to cover you if something goes awry.

If a client alleges I made a mistake that caused them to lose money, hurt their reputation, and threaten to sue, will virtual assistant insurance help protect me?

Yes. Your policy’s errors and omissions (E&O) insurance portion is designed to cover you for mistakes, negligence, and failure to provide a service as advertised. It also includes financial support for your legal expenses if you are sued and require legal advice or representation in court.

Will virtual assistant insurance cover my costs if my laptop containing access to a client’s sensitive information is stolen from my home?

Provided you have commercial property coverage as part of your policy, your insurance provider may pay to replace your stolen laptop. If your policy also includes cyber liability insurance, any expenses associated with exposing your client’s data may also be covered.

Do my tenants need renters’ insurance?

Although it’s not a legal requirement for your tenants to have renters’ or tenants’ insurance, it’s recommended you encourage your tenants to purchase their own insurance policies to cover damage to or loss of their belongings. Renters’ insurance will also provide your tenants with liability coverage if they accidentally damage your property. A landlord insurance policy will not cover any losses of or damages to your tenants’ possessions, such as their furniture and clothing.

What’s the difference between home insurance and landlord insurance?

A home insurance policy is designed to protect a private homeowner’s primary residence and personal possessions, and it provides liability coverage for you and your family. If you’re renting a room or the basement in your home where you live, your private home insurance may offer some level of coverage for that space. However, private home insurance does not cover any properties you rent or lease.

Landlord insurance covers the cost of damage or loss at rental properties. It includes coverage for the dwelling, its attached structures, the contents at those properties you own, your liability from owning the property, and loss of rental income following an insured event, such as fire and smoke damage.

Should concrete contractors have business interruption insurance?

Yes. Our insurance providers’ commercial property insurance policies often include business interruption coverage to pay for your net income loss following an insured event. If your provider does not automatically have business interruption in your commercial property policy, you can add it as a rider.

Am I legally obligated to carry a concrete contractor insurance policy?

In most provinces and municipalities, you must have at least general liability insurance. Check with the authorities in your region to be sure. Nevertheless, you may not land very many projects if you do not have an insurance policy. Moreover, if an accident happens, someone is injured, and they sue you, how will you pay for your legal defence and any settlement? Or, if your equipment is stolen or damaged, do you have the funds to cover those losses? Cement and concrete contractors are always at risk of being sued or suffering losses due to the nature of their work. Protect your finances and future by purchasing insurance.

Should I consider adding other types of insurance to my concrete contractor policy?

What your coverage needs are depends on a variety of factors, including what type of work you do and the equipment you have. For example, you may add equipment breakdown insurance to your overall policy to cover the cost of mechanical or electrical malfunctions to your equipment. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker about your specific coverage requirements.

What is commercial auto insurance?

Also called business car or auto insurance, commercial auto insurance covers the cost of your company’s vehicle or any vehicle used for business purposes from damage and loss, including cars, pickup trucks, vans, and trailers. It also includes coverage for driver injuries.

What does a commercial auto policy cover?

A standard or basic commercial auto insurance policy consists of four mandatory coverages. They are:

 

  • Third-Party Liability

Third-party liability coverage covers you if you injure another driver or damage their property with your vehicle. The minimum mandatory coverage limit is $200,000 for any one accident, but choosing a higher coverage amount is recommended.

 

  • Direct Compensation-Property Damage

Protection for damages to and loss of use of your vehicle and its contents if another motorist is at fault for an accident or collision that you collect directly from your insurance provider.

 

  • Accident Benefits

Accident benefits cover you and your passengers’ medical and rehabilitation bills if injured in an accident. It also includes funeral expenses, loss of income benefits, and death benefits if you or your driver are killed in an accident.

 

  • Uninsured Auto

If you’re injured and your vehicle is damaged by an uninsured motorist or because of a hit-and-run accident, this coverage pays for damages to your vehicle and covers the cost of your physical injuries.

 

Optional coverages:

 

  • Collision or upset

Collision coverage pays for damages to your vehicle when you are at fault for an accident with another vehicle or if you hit a stationary object.

 

  • Comprehensive

Covers the cost of a broad range of damage and loss to your vehicle, including theft, vandalism, fire, hail and severe weather, and flying or falling objects.

 

  • All perils

All perils insurance is a combination of collision and comprehensive coverages.

 

  • Employers’ Hired and Non-Owned Auto Liability

Coverage for vehicles your business does not own but rents or leases or vehicles owned by your employees used for business purposes.

 

If your business regularly stores customer vehicles, you may require a garage liability insurance policy.

How much does commercial auto insurance cost?

What your commercial auto policy costs depends on a variety of factors insurance providers consider, including:

  • The make, model, and year of the vehicle you drive
  • The location of your business
  • Your driving record and years of experience as a motorist
  • The number of kilometres the vehicle travels annually 
  • Where the vehicle is regularly parked or stored
  • What the vehicle is used for (transporting goods, people, or both)
  • Your business’s auto insurance claims history
  • What your policy’s coverages are, their limits, and the deductibles
What’s the difference between commercial auto and fleet insurance?

Commercial auto insurance is designed to protect one vehicle. A commercial fleet insurance policy covers five or more vehicles. Both types of coverage apply to vehicles owned by businesses or self-employed contractors.

If my business requires travel outside of Barrie, will my insurance cover it?

Yes. Your business insurance policy from Zensurance protects you online and offline whether you’re working in Barrie or if you travel to another city or province.

Do you have a local office in Barrie?

Zensurance is a fully digital small business insurance brokerage, everything from quote to purchase is done online. However, you can speak to a licensed broker or live chat with one of our insurance experts whenever you need assistance with your policy or have general questions about insurance.

How much coverage do I need for my business in Barrie?

The insurance policy you purchase contains various coverage limits based on your business’s or profession’s specific needs and risk profile. For example, some industries, like construction, face more significant risks than others. Talk to one of our brokers and get their advice on what level of coverage your policy requires.

My warehouse property has a railroad sidetrack. Does a warehouse insurance policy cover it?

You may need to add additional coverage known as railroad protective liability insurance. Speak to a Zensurance licensed broker for more information.

What coverage limits should my warehouse insurance policy have?

Different insurance coverages may provide various amounts of coverage limits. Most warehouse businesses will purchase a general liability policy with a $5 million coverage limit, but you have the option to choose a lower or higher amount. Speak to one of our insurance experts to determine what the right amount of coverage is for your policy.

What additional coverages are available to enhance a warehouse insurance policy?

Depending on your business, you may want to include warehouse operators’ legal liability insurance to protect against loss or damage due to maintenance issues or negligence by employees. Also, adding commercial fleet insurance to your policy is necessary if your organization owns up to five vehicles.

If I have student interns or apprentices working for my business, will employers’ liability insurance provide coverage for them?

Yes. An employers’ liability insurance policy extends protection to temporary and part-time employees, student interns, apprentices, and volunteers in addition to covering your full-time employees.

How frequent are work-related injuries in Canada?

According to data from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, there were 924 employee deaths because of work-related causes in 2020. In terms of occupational disease-related fatalities, and among provinces with over 100,000 workers, Newfoundland and Labrador (nine deaths), Ontario (4.4 deaths), and Alberta (4.3 deaths) have the highest five-year averages.

Furthermore, occupational disease fatality rates increased in nine of 12 Canadian jurisdictions in 2020 versus the average fatality rate between 2017-2019. Ontario (18%), British Columbia (17%), and Alberta (11%) saw the largest increases.

What other kinds of business insurance do I need?

The insurance coverage your business needs depends on the industry you’re in and the type of goods and services you provide. Typically, most small businesses need commercial general liability (CGL) insurance, commercial property insurance, and cyber liability insurance. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker about the coverages your policy needs to include.

I own a dog kennel. One of my customers’ dogs fell ill and died while in my care. Will my policy cover me if the dog owner sues me?

Yes. Your pet services insurance policy’s professional liability coverage is designed to cover your legal fees and compensation awarded to the plaintiff if you are sued for negligence, wrongdoing, or failing to deliver a service as promised.

Does a pet services insurance policy cover me if an organic cat food I sell to a customer causes their feline to become sick?

If you have product liability insurance as part of your overall policy, you are covered for any product you manufacture, distribute, or sell, including food for animals. Check with your Zensurance broker to make sure this coverage is included in your policy.

If a dog I am training for a client unexpectedly bites someone, will my policy cover me if I’m sued?

Yes. Your pet services insurance policy includes general liability coverage, which pays for third-party personal injuries resulting from your negligence or regular business activities. In addition to providing you with support for your legal fees, it is also designed to cover the cost of the injured person’s medical expenses.

Grey water that sprayed out from a faucet I was replacing at a residential property damaged my customer’s floor. Will my policy cover me?

Yes. Your plumber insurance policy includes general liability insurance, which covers costs associated with third-party property damage resulting from your work.

What coverage limit does a plumbing insurance policy provide?

You can choose the coverage limits and deductibles for your plumbing insurance policy. Many plumbers choose a general liability coverage limit of $1 million, but you can increase it to $2 million or higher. Speak to a Zensurance broker to determine what coverage limit suits you best.

Will insurance apply to those who facilitate group support meetings, drug rehab services, or other community based programs?

Yes. Liability insurance can protect any person who facilitates the healing of anyone who is trying to elevate their mental health and wellness.

Does mental health counsellor insurance apply to professionals who use alternative or holistic treatment plans?

Yes. As long as you are someone who assists with the mental wellbeing of others, this insurance policy is an important part of protecting you and your business.

Does mental health liability insurance cover practices that operate solely online?

Yes. Your insurance coverage will protect you even if your business is completely online.

Do I need additional coverage if I provide delivery services?

Yes, if you’re using a vehicle for business, you’ll need a commercial auto insurance policy. This coverage can protect you against third-party liability costs and the costs of physical damage to your vehicle.

Do I need insurance if I’m a part of a franchise?

Generally speaking, yes. Franchises often require a franchisee to get an insurance policy that protects them at the store level. Check with your franchise to learn about the required insurance and minimum limits.

If I own multiple convenience stores across Canada, will my policy cover all locations?

Yes, you can be covered for all locations that are a part of your business. Ensure you’re covered adequately by disclosing the full variety of your offerings (e.g. say you sell fireworks at a single location – you may need to provide that information in your quote).

How can I keep a media liability insurance policy premium as low as possible?

By implementing risk management best practices across your organization. For example, if your company uses social media to promote your services, establish a social media policy and incorporate it into your employee training. You can help mitigate your media liability risks by setting guidelines for acceptable behaviour.

Do I need professional liability and commercial general liability insurance to protect my business from allegations or legal challenges related to the content we distribute?

It is recommended to have both professional liability and commercial general liability insurance as part of your policy to ensure you have no gaps in your coverage.

Does a media liability insurance policy cover my business for all available and future digital communications avenues?

Yes. A media liability insurance policy acquired through Zensurance covers your marketing, advertising, and other public communications online and offline, regardless of the type of content it is or where it is published.

Does business interruption insurance include coverage for decontaminating my facility’s food processing machinery if impacted by smoke damage following a fire?

Yes. Following an insurable loss such as a fire, if your facility is forced to close for repairs and cleanup, business interruption coverage is designed to pay your overhead costs, including costs related to decontaminating your equipment and machinery.

Does a food and beverage manufacturing insurance policy include coverage for the products I ship to my clients?

Depending on your specific needs, you may need to include cargo insurance (also called transit insurance or inland marine insurance) for products you ship by truck or train over land.

What are the primary risks food and beverage manufacturers face?

Among the most significant risks facing food and beverage producers and manufacturers is product spoilage and food contamination. Other primary risks include fires at your facility, machine malfunctions, and cyber-attacks.

If I operate a food truck, do I still need insurance?

Yes. Personal chefs that work in any venue need insurance. Even if you travel to cook and deliver meals, there is a risk that something may go awry.

Does my chef insurance cover independent kitchen or serving staff I hire?

No. Your policy will only cover you and your full-time employees. Any independent kitchen staff or other professionals you hire should have their own insurance coverage.

How much personal chef insurance should I buy?

The amount of coverage a personal chef needs depends on your risk exposure and other factors, such as your annual revenue and property value. A licensed Zensurance broker can help you figure out how much coverage you require.

Do artists who don’t have a studio need insurance?

Yes. Artists who create in any venue need insurance, whether that is in a studio, a shared space, or your backyard. There is always a risk that an accident could happen.

Does artist insurance cover my work if I only sell online?

Yes. Your artist insurance will protect you and your assets even if you mainly operate in a digital gallery space.

Will my artist insurance cover for exhibitions?

Yes. Artist insurance can protect you from claims of third-party injury or property damages during an exhibition.

Are my employees who work at a trade show for my small business covered at the event?

Yes. Employees who attend a trade show or convention with you can be added as additional insureds on your policy at no additional cost.

What types of coverage are excluded from a trade show exhibitor insurance policy?

The exclusions of your policy depends on its coverage details and the insurance provider you choose. Typically, perils that may be excluded from a policy include floods and earthquakes. Items that may be excluded include alcoholic beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, asbestos, money and precious metals or stones, fine art, antiques, terrorism, and firearms. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker about your specific coverage needs.

Can I get short-term coverage to exhibit at one trade show?

Zensurance only provides annual policies. Purchasing an annual policy to cover any number of trade shows or events you attend during the policy period is typically cheaper than buying short-term coverage. Also, your insurance policy is considered a business expense and the cost can be claimed when you file your annual tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency.

I provide my services online. Can Zensurance provide me with the insurance coverage I need?

Yes. As a technology company and online insurance brokerage, we understand where you’re coming from and can accommodate you whether you serve clients in Canada or elsewhere in the world online.

Can Zensurance insure other services I provide?

Yes. If you have other healthcare designations, we can typically accommodate them in a single policy. That will help you save money on your annual premium instead of paying for multiple policies.

Will my association or college accept my coverage from Zensurance?

We can review any third-party insurance requirements your association or college has to ensure that our coverage meets them.

Do mobile tanning services, such as mobile sunless tanning services, need insurance?

Yes. Tanning business insurance is not just for those who work in salons, gyms, or spas. Even if you travel to your clients, there is a risk something will go awry during your service.

Does tanning business insurance cover independent beauticians working in my salon?

No. Your policy is designed to cover you and your full-time employees. Any independent beauticians that work temporarily or occasionally in your salon should have their own coverage.

How much tanning business insurance should I buy?

Figuring out what coverage limits you need for your policy depends on many factors, including the value of your business’s contents, your annual revenue, and the risks you face. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker for guidance on how much coverage you require.

My telehealth company is developing a mobile app for patients to download to their devices to book and attend appointments. Does a telehealth insurance policy cover how the app functions and performs?

Yes. Professional liability insurance includes coverage for your organization’s mobile app if it fails to perform as advertised or does not work correctly.

Will a telehealth insurance policy cover me for technology-related errors that occur such as a website malfunction that results in a patient overpaying for a prescription?

Yes. A telehealth insurance policy includes professional liability coverage (aka malpractice insurance). It covers mistakes, errors, omissions, and failure to deliver a service even if provided digitally or online.

Do I need an occurrence-based or claims-based nurse malpractice policy?

Zensurance offers claims-based policies that will consider and keep your retroactive date that you maintained with your nursing association or any other policy.

Does my nurse malpractice insurance policy cover me if I’m charged with a criminal offence?

No. A medical malpractice insurance policy does not include coverage for legal expenses if you are charged with a criminal offence.

I am a nurse and I offer some services outside of the scope of nursing, such as microblading. Do I need malpractice insurance?

Yes. If you are providing beauty-related services outside of the nursing profession, you should still purchase a malpractice insurance policy to protect yourself from claims or legal actions resulting from the services you offer.

Does my food truck insurance policy cover me if I want to sell alcohol?

If you intend to sell alcoholic beverages from your food truck, you need to include liquor liability insurance to your overall policy. It covers the costs associated with claims alleging third-party bodily injury or property damage due to the actions of an intoxicated customer.

If one of my customers sues me claiming they suffered food poisoning after eating food they purchased from my food truck, am I covered?

Yes. The product liability portion of your food truck insurance policy covers you for claims or lawsuits related to the food you sell to your customers.

Does a food truck insurance policy cover both my vehicle and its contents?

It depends on the coverages you choose to include in your food truck insurance policy. For instance, if you have commercial auto coverage and equipment breakdown coverage as part of your policy, then the vehicle and the kitchen appliances inside are both protected.

What types of surfaces can a pressure washer damage?

A pressure or power washing machine is capable of damaging almost any surface you can think of, including concrete, brick, wood, vinyl, metal, and painted surfaces.

Will my pressure washing insurance policy cover my employees if they are injured?

No. Your pressure washing insurance policy is designed to cover third-party personal injuries and property damage, your equipment and business premises, and any mistakes you or your employees make. You need workers’ compensation insurance that’s provided by your province to cover any injuries to your employees while they’re working.

Can I get a temporary, one-day policy to cover me for a pressure washing job?

Zensurance provides annual policies. Purchasing an annual pressure washing policy provides you with coverage for a full year so you can take on new jobs or contracts that require insurance.

Do I need special coverage for conducting personal training sessions online?

Fitness instructors and personal trainers who teach classes online should get a professional liability insurance policy to protect themselves from the risk of a customer alleging they suffered physical injury after participating in a virtual training session.

Does it cost more to insure a gym or fitness centre that’s open 24 hours a day?

The cost of a gym or fitness centre insurance policy varies by insurance provider and many other factors. A fitness facility that’s open 24/7 may face unique risks. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker about how much coverage you need.

I only teach martial arts part-time. Do I really need an insurance policy?

Yes, you do. Although it is a part-time job, you are still exposed to the possibility of being sued by one of your students. You should purchase professional liability insurance to protect yourself from allegations or legal action related to the services and advice you provide.

If the studio space I rent is broken into and vandalized, will my policy cover the cost to repair the damages?

Yes. The commercial property portion of your martial arts insurance policy is designed to cover you for damage or loss related to theft, vandalism, fire, flood, or the impacts of severe weather to the studio space you rent.

Am I covered if one of my students injures another student during a training session in my studio?

Yes. Your martial arts insurance policy includes commercial general liability and professional liability coverages. Combined, these coverages are designed to pay for injuries suffered by your students or visitors to your studio whether the injury occurs because of a lack of supervision or an accidental slip-and-fall.

Who could sue a publicly traded company and why?

Employees and potential employees, donors, governments, stakeholders and shareholders, volunteers, and creditors could all take legal action against any publicly traded organization they feel has wronged them or acted illegally.

Who are the insureds in a management liability insurance policy?

The insureds or the individuals who are insured by a management liability insurance policy, includes the current, former, and future directors, officers, and senior executives of a company.

What type of claims are made against non-profit organizations?

Non-profit organizations may face a wide range of claims or allegations, including employment-related disputes, legal action from a donor accusing it of misuse of funds, benefits plan omissions, or lawsuits seeking compensation from the board of directors if the organization enters bankruptcy proceedings.

If I manufacture clothing, do I need additional coverage?

Depending on how you manufacture clothing, you may also need equipment breakdown coverage. It can cover the costs of repairing or replacing equipment due to internal damage, such as an electrical or mechanical fault. Garment manufacturing machinery such as printing equipment and sewing machines can be covered under this policy.

Will my clothing shop insurance cover products sold online?

If you sell your clothes online or have an e-commerce store in addition to your location, you can be covered by clothing shop insurance. Make sure you disclose that information when filling out our application and you’ll be provided with suitable options and coverage limits.

Will my hospitality insurance policy cover me if one of my employees falls for a phishing attack via email?

Provided you have cyber liability protection as part of your overall policy it will. You can prevent that from happening, however, by training your employees on how to spot and stop any kind of phishing attack.

Will a commercial auto policy cover me if my business’s cargo van is damaged in a collision?

If you include optional collision or upset coverage as part of a basic commercial auto policy, yes, you are covered for damage or loss of your van if it’s determined you are at fault for the accident. Without collision coverage, you are responsible to pay for damages to your vehicle in an at fault accident. If you are partially at fault or not at fault for a collision with another vehicle, the direct compensation-property damage (DCPD) portion of a basic commercial auto policy is designed to cover the cost of damages.

What coverage limit is best for commercial general liability coverage?

The amount of coverage you require for your policy depends upon what your business does and how much risk you face. You can choose between $1 million and $2 million worth of coverage for general liability. Most hospitality businesses err on the side of caution and select a $2 million coverage limit.

Is cyber liability insurance included in medical malpractice coverage?

No. Cyber liability insurance is a standalone product that can be included in your overall policy to protect you from the fallout related to data breaches or cybercrime.

I am employed at a long-term care facility for seniors. Do I need to buy insurance?

Yes. Even though your employer carries insurance, chances are you’re on your own if you are named in a lawsuit or face an allegation of wrongdoing. It’s vital to have your own policy.

Does a personal support worker insurance policy include coverage for abuse allegations?

Not necessarily. A personal support worker insurance policy that includes medical malpractice coverage doesn’t usually include coverage against abuse claims. However, you may be able to add limited coverage to your policy to protect yourself from such allegations. Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker for more information.

Does a software developer insurance policy include protection for my computing systems and related technology hardware?

If your policy includes commercial property coverage, your computers and other business contents are covered for damage or loss related to fire, flood, a natural disaster, theft, or vandalism.

What is the right coverage limit for my software developer insurance policy?

It depends. Whether you’re a self-employed or independent software developer who has many clients, an employee of a tech firm, or the owner of a mobile app development company, the policy limit you require should mirror the potential risks you face. In general, there are two options: a policy with $1 million or $2 million limits. Most software developers choose the $2 million limit to ensure they’re covered. Have a conversation with a Zensurance licensed broker about your concerns and make an informed decision.

I work for a technology company. Why do I need my own software developer insurance policy?

All software developers and technology professionals should safeguard their livelihoods by purchasing insurance. Although you work for a tech company that has insurance, their policy may not cover you for something such as errors and omissions, for instance. In other words, you may be leaving yourself exposed to liability without your own policy.

Does a farmers’ market insurance policy cover me for selling at markets outside of Canada?

No. A farmers’ market insurance policy from Zensurance only covers you for selling goods at markets in Canada.

How much is the deductible on a farmers’ market insurance policy?

If you file a claim related to your commercial general liability coverage, there is no deductible that you need to pay. However, there is a deductible on other coverages, such as commercial property. You can choose what you want the deductible to be. In general, the higher the deductible, the lower your annual premium is.

Does a farmers’ market insurance policy cover me for one event or multiple events throughout the year?

An annual policy will provide you with protection for 12 months at however many farmers’ markets, street festivals, and community events where you are a registered vendor. For a seasonal or short-term policy, speak to a Zensurance licensed broker.

Will my janitorial insurance policy cover me if I accidentally lose the keys to a client’s building?

Yes. Losing the keys to a client’s commercial space or home can be frustrating, but the commercial general liability portion of your janitorial insurance policy is designed to pay to replace the lost keys and the matching door locks if necessary.

Does a janitorial insurance policy cover me if I provide residential and commercial cleaning services?

Yes. A janitorial insurance policy will cover you for both commercial and residential cleaning services, however, if you specialize in providing only residential professional cleaning, there is an increased risk for incidents or accidents to occur travelling to multiple homes in a workday whereas commercial cleaning services are typically provided in the same location in a controlled environment, and often after usual office or business hours.

Why does an insurer want to know what equipment and cleaning agents I use?

Your insurer wants to know what equipment you own and the chemicals and other cleaning agents you use as part of your services to determine how much it may cost them to repair or replace your equipment if damaged. Insurers also want to ensure your pollution liability coverage adequately accounts for the toxins and substances you use if an environmental, bodily injury, or property damage claim is brought against you.

Do I need additional coverage if I apply varnish to my wood finish?

Yes. You should consider adding pollution liability coverage to your policy if you use toxic, flammable substances or chemicals in your woodworking shop.

I was hired on a renovation project as a subcontractor. Do I need my own insurance?

Yes. All subcontractors should carry liability insurance to protect themselves. Many general contractors or customers will not hire you if you don’t have coverage.

Does my woodworking insurance cover finished products while they’re being shipped?

Yes. The tools and equipment portion of your policy covers the cost of damage or loss to your finished products while in-transit or being shipped overland.

Does speech therapy insurance provide worldwide coverage?

Certain policies, such as CGL and professional liability coverages can provide you with coverage worldwide. If you travel, or have clients from beyond Canada, ensure your business is adequately covered by talking to a licensed broker.

What are the common risks that speech pathologists face?

Any professional that offers guidance and training will tend to be more exposed to professional liability claims, such as allegations of malpractice or negligence. Ensure you have professional liability coverage to be protected.

Will my professional liability insurance cover online speech therapy services?

Yes, whether you offer services in-person or virtually, you can be covered from claims if you’re professionally liable.

Does Zensurance offer one-time special events liability coverage?

No, Zensurance only offers quotes for annual (12-month) insurance policies.

Am I responsible for liquor-related liabilities that may occur during the event?

No, the vendor or host should have liquor liability insurance. This policy provides their bartenders and servers with the liability coverage they need if they’re held responsible for an alcohol-related incident.

Does my event planning insurance cover contractors that I hire? (E.g., caterers, DJs, etc.)

No, only employees (full- or part-time) would be covered under your wedding planner insurance policy. It’s best to ensure any contractors or vendors have insurance before working with them.

Does a web designer insurance policy cover me if I’m sued for copyright infringement?

Provided you have professional liability coverage as part of your overall policy, yes, you are covered for accusations or litigation alleging copyright infringement.

I’m a freelance web developer who mostly works from home. Do I need insurance?

Yes. Freelance web developers and designers should protect themselves with an insurance policy even if they work from home. You still face liability risks such as potential copyright infringement, contract disputes, or errors in your work that may trigger a lawsuit.

How much professional liability coverage do I need for my web designer insurance policy?

Determining how much professional liability coverage to have in your policy depends on the type of work you do and the clients you serve. Typically, most web designers and developers carry $1 million worth of coverage. Have a conversation with a Zensurance broker to discuss whether you need a lower or higher limit.

How are gas station insurance claims handled?

As your insurance brokerage, Zensurance does not decide the outcome of any claim you submit. Like the price of your annual policy, it is your insurance company that determines the outcome of claims. When you file a claim, Zensurance serves as the intermediary between you and your insurer. We ensure your claim is handled expeditiously, and if you wish to contest the decision your insurer makes, we help facilitate a review.

My gas station has an automated car wash on site. Do I need additional coverage for it?

It depends. You may require additional coverage for your car wash, or your commercial property coverage limit may need to be increased to account for it. Be sure to mention to your licensed Zensurance broker if you have a car wash and they can advise you on what your policy requirements are.

If a motorist fills their tank with fuel but drives away without paying for it, will my policy cover the loss?

Yes. The commercial property portion of your gas station insurance policy pays for damage or loss related to theft and vandalism. It also covers you for damages resulting from fire, flood, and extreme weather.

Are there any exclusions in my oil and gas insurance policy?

All insurance policies have exclusions, or risks that are not covered by your policy. For instance, an oil and gas insurance policy may exclude inland marine coverage or protection for equipment that’s in transit. Talk to a licensed broker about what exclusions, limits, and deductibles apply to your policy.

Do oil and gas subcontractors need to have their own insurance coverage?

Yes. Any time you hire a subcontractor for any project, ask to see their certificate of insurance or proof of insurance document. Hiring a subcontractor who is not insured will expose you to risks.

Do you offer excess liability coverage?

Yes. You can purchase what is known as commercial umbrella liability insurance to get an extra layer of coverage to pay for costs that exceed your existing coverage limits. Speak to a Zensurance licensed broker about this option.

Will my Etsy insurance provide coverage for other marketplaces that I sell on?

Yes, Etsy Insurance is simply a group of policies designed to protect the business activities of Etsy sellers, but similar online marketplaces can be covered under this type of insurance package. When you make a quote, you’ll be asked questions about your business that will help us determine the coverage you need, but feel free to reach out to a broker if you have any questions.

Does my insurance cover product shipping or returns?

No, however, you can get shipping insurance through Etsy to cover certain losses or damage to your products during shipping.

Does Etsy offer insurance?

No, Etsy doesn’t offer insurance that will cover product liability or other types of liability claims. Etsy only offers shipping insurance, providing coverage against loss or damage to products during shipping.

Does a videographer insurance policy cover me for all types of video shoots?

Yes. A comprehensive videographer insurance policy from Zensurance is applicable for any type of video shoot or project you’re working on, whether it’s a wedding video, music video, or real estate video.

What are a videographer insurance policy’s coverage limits?

When you purchase a videographer insurance policy from Zensurance, you have the option to choose how much coverage you need. At a minimum, most videographers opt for a policy with a $1 million coverage limit, but you can increase it to $2 million if you wish. Deciding how much coverage you need depends on the risks your business faces and the value of your equipment. Speak to a licensed broker to determine how much coverage you need.

Are videographers required to carry insurance?

Whether you are an experienced self-employed or freelance videographer, starting out as a part-time videographer, or own and manage a video production company, video recording people at various locations exposes you to an unknown number of risks. For example, if you are accused of or sued for negligence or third-party bodily injury or property damage, the cost to settle the matter could run into thousands of dollars. Furthermore, you may be required to carry liability insurance to work in certain locations like at a tradeshow or to secure a customer contract.

Does business contents insurance cover portable items if taken outside of my place of business, such as a laptop?

Yes, it can, but you may need to buy a special cover that provides protection for this property while it is with you away from your place of business. This coverage includes protection for your company’s mobile or portable assets, such as laptop computers, mobile phones, and other equipment you need to provide services to your customers.

If I file a business contents claim with my insurance company, what do I need to provide them with to ensure my items and inventory are repaired or replaced?

You must create a business contents inventory list using a spreadsheet and update it regularly. That list should include descriptions, photos, videos, and receipts or valuations of everything at your place of business, including your inventory, furniture, electronics, office equipment, machinery, security cameras, and signage. Make digital and paper copies of your business contents list. Keep hard copies of the list stored in different, secure locations – upload digital copies to an encrypted cloud storage system. You should also consider keeping receipts of the property that you acquire.

What is the difference between replacement cost and actual cash value in a business contents policy?

Replacement cost coverage is when your insurer pays to restore your contents to their original condition or replace them with new items that are lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair. Actual cash value coverage is based on the cost of buying the contents you lost minus depreciation. While replacement cost coverage provides ample reimbursement for damaged or destroyed items, it usually comes at a higher price than a policy based on actual cash value.

Does a Shopify business insurance policy include coverage for dropshipping?

Some e-commerce businesses that do dropshipping are ones that sell products without stocking any inventory on their premises. Your Shopify business insurance policy from Zensurance includes product liability and other coverages that protect you for the goods you sell, even if you use dropshipping.

How can I protect the products I ship to my customers?

Speak to a licensed Zensurance broker about adding a rider for cargo insurance (also called transit insurance or inland marine insurance) to your Shopify business insurance policy. Although it will increase the cost of your annual premium, it protects the entire value of your shipments, including profits that are shipped worldwide, costs related to shipping delays, and items that are held in storage.

Will my Shopify business insurance policy cover the costs of product recalls?

Yes. The product liability portion of your commercial general liability insurance covers the cost of product recalls. It provides financial support for recall expenses, including disposal fees and public safety messages, inventory replacement costs, and brand rehabilitation expenses for public relations or advertising fees.

Does pollution liability insurance include coverage for voluntary discoveries?

Some pollution liability policies may exclude environmental cleanup costs that a policyholder voluntarily discovers to deter someone from, say, drilling holes in a property to find a problem and file a claim for damages. Speak to your licensed Zensurance broker to ensure you understand what your policy covers and does not cover, as well as any limitations or possible coverage gaps.

Are there other kinds of business insurance coverage I should consider adding to my policy?

It’s best to speak to a licensed Zensurance broker for advice and guidance on what types of coverages to include in your custom policy. However, you may wish to include legal expense insurance to your policy. If you need to hire and retain a lawyer or require legal advice, it can be remarkably expensive. Legal expense coverage can provide you with that protection for as little as $200 per year.

Does my restoration and remediation insurance policy include coverage for any subcontractors I hire?

Your restoration and remediation policy covers your full-time employees. If you hire temporary or part-time subcontractors to assist on projects, it’s advisable to hire subcontractors who carry their own liability insurance policies or encourage them to buy a policy.

How can I limit my junk removal company’s risk exposures?

There are a few ways you can mitigate the risks your company and employees face, including:

  • Ensure all employees always wear protective safety gear including gloves, goggles, hard hats, and back braces.
  • Only hire subcontractors who are insured and can provide a valid certificate of insurance.
  • Do not remove any appliances from a home or building that are still connected to electrical or water lines.
A client is accusing me of removing and disposing of an appliance they did not want removed and are threatening to sue. Will my policy protect me?

Provided you have errors and omissions (E&O) insurance as part of your policy, yes, you are covered for the cost of errors you make and have financial support for any legal defence fees you incur.

My team accidentally dumped a truckload of debris in the wrong location on private property. The property owner is suing me for damages. Am I covered?

Yes, your commercial general liability insurance may pay for the damages to the property, its clean-up, your legal fees and any settlement ordered by the court.

Will my optometrist insurance cover other services that I provide?

Yes. During the application process, you’ll have the opportunity to share details about the services you offer. The services you offer are a factor in your coverage recommendations and the calculated premium.

How much malpractice insurance coverage do I need?

In some provinces, there are legal insurance requirements and monetary limits needed to offer optometry services. Research the requirements for your province to ensure your insurance limits will be adequate.

Do I need to get my liability insurance from my college of optometrists?

No, while you can choose to purchase your insurance through your college of optometry, you have the option to buy coverage from elsewhere too. By shopping around, you’ll find a variety of coverage options and price points that may better suit your needs.

If I sell glasses or contact lenses at my clinic, will I need additional coverage?

Talk to a Zensurance licensed broker to ensure your commercial general liability coverage includes product liability insurance. If it doesn’t, you can add product liability coverage to your policy. Product liability insurance protects you from third-party bodily injury or property damage claims or lawsuits for any product you manufacture, distribute, or sell.

Will my optician professional liability policy cover me for online services?

Yes. If you provide services online temporarily or permanently, your professional liability or medical malpractice policy is designed to provide you with protection and support related to your business should you need to file a claim for an insured loss or damage.

Am I required to obtain insurance from my opticians’ college?

No. You are not required or obliged to purchase an optician insurance policy through the college of opticians in your province or the post-secondary institution you attended. Your best bet to find the right amount of coverage at a competitive price is to align yourself with a licensed business insurance brokerage to shop the market on your behalf.

My independent grocery store does not sell products online. Do I still need cyber liability insurance?

Yes. It is advisable to include cyber liability coverage in your overall policy, even if you don’t sell food or other products online. If you have a website, use email to send confidential information to suppliers and employees, or use point-of-sale systems, you’re still subject to the threat of a cyber-attack, data breach, or other types of cybercrime.

Is grocery store insurance tax deductible?

Yes. The Canada Revenue Agency does allow grocery and food store owners to deduct the cost of your annual grocery store insurance bill as a legitimate business expense. As business taxation laws are subject to change each year, it’s wise to speak with a certified accountant about your tax deduction options.

How do I determine how much coverage I need to have for commercial general liability insurance?

Determining your commercial general liability (CGL) coverage limit should be based on what risks you face. Most grocery and food stores purchase up to $2 million worth of CGL coverage but speak to a licensed Zensurance broker openly about your needs and concerns and the associated costs to make an informed decision.

Does my demolition insurance policy include coverage for any subcontractors I hire for a specific project?

No. When hiring subcontractors, it’s recommended you only hire professionals who carry an insurance policy of their own. Your policy may not cover you for errors, accidents, or damages caused by a subcontractor.

If sudden, extreme weather damages my company’s heavy equipment such as a bulldozer at a job site, will my policy cover me for those damages?

Provided you have tools and equipment coverage as part of your overall policy, yes, your bulldozer would be covered for damages resulting from extreme weather.

Does demolition insurance include coverage for noise from explosives used during a demolition?

Yes. Demolition insurance includes commercial general liability coverage, which provides protection from costs associated with third-party bodily injuries including aural injuries caused by the noise created by explosives.

Can you provide access to coverage for armed private investigators?

Yes, private investigators that carry arms can be covered by private investigator insurance. However, you should expect higher policy rates due to higher risks.

An insurance company hired me to investigate a fraud case. Do I still need insurance?

Yes. You should have a policy, especially if you’re hired as a contractor. Your services are unlikely to be adequately covered by another company’s policy.

I was charged with trespassing on private property during surveillance. Will my insurance cover this?

No, private investigators cannot legally go onto private property on their own without permission – this is breaking the law, and insurance doesn’t cover intentional criminal acts.

Can I be held liable if the pest infestation reoccurs after providing my services?

To be held liable after providing pest control services, it would need to be proven you were negligent or made a mistake in your service that caused the recurrence after explicitly stating the pest issue was eradicated. If you’re held liable for failure to provide the expected service, you may be covered by a professional liability policy.

Do I need to have a pest control certification to get insurance?

Depending on the province, you may need certification and insurance to operate extermination services outside your property. For example, in Ontario, you can’t run an extermination business without insurance that meets the criteria set by the province.

What are the common risks that pest control companies face?

Pest control businesses may face a broad range of liable risks. From a general third-party property damage claim (say you break an expensive TV while at a customer’s home) to specific, business-related risks such as a pollution claim from chemical exposure or allegations of negligence in your pest control service.

How necessary is it to include cyber liability insurance in my audiologist insurance policy?

It is highly recommended you include cyber liability protection in your overall policy. While every industry or business is vulnerable to cyber-attacks and data breaches, research says healthcare businesses are four times more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals than other businesses.

Commercial property insurance includes coverage for my clinic’s contents, electronics, and furnishings. Does that include covering my audiology testing equipment such as an audiometer if it is damaged by a power surge?

No. Commercial property insurance covers your clinic and its contents, inventory, and electronics if damaged by flood, fire, vandalism, or theft. To protect expensive audiology testing equipment from internal damages caused by a short circuit or power surge, you need to add equipment breakdown coverage to your policy.

Does audiology insurance include coverage for hearing aids that my clinic sells to our patients?

If your commercial general liability coverage includes product liability insurance, then yes, the hearing aids and other products your clinic sells are covered. However, check with your broker and make sure you have product liability coverage. If you don’t, you can add it to your policy.

How does E&O insurance differ from professional liability insurance?

The difference is only in name. E&O insurance and professional liability insurance provide the same coverage and protection for IT consultants.

Does E&O insurance provide me with coverage for a fraudulent act inflicted on a client that was committed by one of my employees?

No. For protection against fraudulent acts, employee dishonesty, or other criminal activities committed or alleged to have been committed by one of your employees, you need commercial crime insurance added to your policy.

I’m having trouble collecting money a client owes me after completing a project for them months ago. Can my insurance policy help?

Yes. If you have legal expense coverage included in your overall policy, you can seek legal help from an experienced lawyer who can help you resolve the situation quickly or pursue the matter in court. Legal expense coverage will pay for your legal fees to pursue a client for breach of contract or failure to pay the amount you are owed.

One of my employees stole cash from my coffee shop. Will my insurance provide this coverage?

When an employee is involved in stealing company property, you need additional coverage called commercial crime insurance. Commercial crime coverage protects your business by offering financial protection against claims of employee dishonesty, forgery, fraud, and internal theft.

Does my cafe insurance cover additional catering services?

Yes, if you offer a catering service also, you may require additional coverage based on the size and locations of the events you’re catering. Within your quote, you should disclose additional services offered, such as catering, to ensure you have enough coverage.

If I sell alcohol at my cafe, will I need extra coverage?

Yes, if you serve alcohol in your cafe, you should add liquor liability to your policy. Liquor liability can cover you financially for alcohol-related accidents, such as being accused of overserving a customer, who injures themselves due to their intoxication. Liquor liability can cover legal fees and other related costs (such as medical fees)

Do part-time practitioners working in a medical clinic require insurance?

Yes. If you hire a health and wellness practitioner to work part-time or temporarily at your facility, you need to ensure they carry professional liability insurance.

Are counsellors or practitioners who work from home covered by their respective home insurance policies?

No. If a counsellor or health and wellness practitioner works from home virtually or welcomes patients to their dwelling, they will require commercial general liability, commercial property, and professional liability insurance. Your residential home insurance policy is not designed to cover you for incidents or accidents related to running a business or managing a health and wellness practice.

Is there a difference between the type of insurance a counsellor and therapist need?

The terms counsellor and therapist are interchangeable and may refer to the same health and wellness practitioner type. Generally, a counsellor is a practitioner who treats a patient over a short period, and a therapist treats patients for an extended period. Both practitioners face similar professional liability risks and may require similar policies.

Does dog walking insurance provide coverage for the care of dogs?

Dog walking insurance can cover other services, such as grooming or the boarding of dogs. However, you may need more coverage and higher limits. While filling out an online application, you’ll be asked about the specific services your business offers to help build an accurate policy for your needs.

Is there a limit of how many dogs I can walk at a time?

There may be limits depending on where you live. For instance, in the City of Toronto, you need a dog walking permit to walk four to six dogs at one time (less than that is fine) – walking more than six dogs is never allowed. Always ensure you’re following the local dog walking bylaws – that way, you’re likely to be covered in the event of a liability claim.

If one of the dogs gets sick from a treat I gave them, will I be covered?

Yes, if a dog becomes sick or injured while in your care – even if, by accident, you caused their sickness – your CGL policy may cover their veterinary bills and any related legal defence costs.

My company was granted a commercial window cleaning contract. Do I need to increase my coverage limit?

It’s recommended to have at least $2 million of coverage at a minimum. However, some contracts may require you to have a limit greater than $2 million. In those cases, it is wise to adhere to the contract’s terms and ensure you are covered adequately. Speak to a licensed broker if you need to increase your coverage limit.

If I have a door-to-door sales team, are they covered by my policy in case of accidental property damage?

If the members of your sales team are also full-time employees, yes, your policy will provide them with coverage. If they are part-time employees, it will depend on your insurance carrier. However, most insurers consider part-time employees and subcontractors as one and the same, meaning they will need to get their own insurance policies.

Will my insurance policy cover me if my window cleaning business uses specific chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia to clean exterior windows?

Provided you include pollution liability coverage as part of your overall policy, and your insurer is aware of the types of chemicals you use, yes, your business will be covered for environmental and property damages or physical injuries to people that occur as result of the materials your business uses.

One of my customers accused me of theft. Will my handyman insurance policy cover me if they sue me?

If a customer accuses you of theft and decides to pursue civil action against you in court, your commercial general liability insurance coverage may pay for your legal defence expenses as well as any court-ordered settlement.

Am I liable for any subcontractors I hire for a specific project?

If you hire a subcontractor to provide services for a job you have been hired to do, and that subcontractor causes damage to the property and they are not insured, you could be held liable by your customer for third-party property damage. To avoid this situation, ensure any subcontractors you hire carry a valid certificate of insurance, or contact your broker to include them on your policy as an additional insured.

Is there a difference between handyman insurance and contractor insurance?

In general, no, both handyman insurance and contractor insurance are designed to provide self-employed and independent professionals who identify as handymen or contractors similar types of coverage. Where there are differences comes down to the types of coverages you choose, the limits of those coverages, and the deductibles.

How can a startup insurance policy support my company as I hire employees?

Once you begin to hire permanent or temporary employees, it may be necessary to enhance your existing coverage. For instance, you may wish to add commercial crime insurance to your policy, which safeguards your company from internal theft, fraud, or forgery. Or if your startup has one or more vehicles you use for business purposes, you may require commercial auto coverage. Talk to a licensed Zensurance broker to determine how you can up your coverage as you grow.

What are some steps I can take to lower the annual cost of my policy?

Conducting an annual risk assessment of your company and taking action to mitigate your risks when items are identified can help keep the cost of your policy as low as possible. Additionally, it’s wise to engage with a licensed broker and get an insurance checkup each year to ensure your coverage is sufficient as your business grows and changes. Your broker can also shop the market for you when your existing policy comes due for renewal to see if switching to a different insurer can increase your protection while decreasing the amount you pay.

How does startup insurance factor into my strategic business plan?

Startup insurance is a critical component of your strategic business plan and the backbone of your company’s risk management strategy. In essence, it helps you manage the risk of damage and loss to your startup. Assessing what your startup’s operational risks and liabilities are, is the first step toward getting the adequate protection you need and identifying any gaps in your policy. Your Zensurance licensed broker can help you do that.

How can I reduce the cost of a hotel insurance premium?

Taking proactive steps and preventative measures to mitigate your hotel’s risks is the best way to keep your annual insurance bill low. It’s important to note that an insurance contract is not a maintenance contract. Therefore, it’s incumbent upon you to ensure necessary repairs and maintenance to the property are conducted regularly. Furthermore, installing 24/7 monitored security surveillance cameras and burglar alarms, automated fire detection and water sprinkling systems, and having established safety programs and trained employees can help keep your annual premium as low as possible.

Can I include both properties on one insurance policy if I own two or more motels or hotels in different locations?

Yes. If you own multiple motels or hotel properties, they can be included in one policy with the same insurer. Doing so may also net you a modest discount for insuring more than one property with the same insurance company.

My hotel does not have a bar, but each room has a small refrigerator that contains alcohol guests may purchase. Is it necessary to include liquor liability insurance in my overall policy?

Yes. Any hospitality business that serves its guests or customers alcohol should buy liquor liability insurance. Whether you serve alcohol in a bar or eatery, or in guest rooms, you could be held liable for injuries or damages caused by a guest if intoxication is deemed a contributing factor.

Do I need specific coverage if I serve alcohol during catering events?

If you serve alcohol at your catering events, you should consider adding liquor liability to your insurance policy. Catering staff are also required to be Smart Serve certified to have an understanding that they’re not serving alcohol to guests beyond the point of intoxication. This can be a challenge, as everyone reacts to alcohol differently – however, you may be held liable if you serve alcohol to a customer who causes an accident, and alcohol is considered a contributing factor in the incident.

Am I restricted to the types of dishes I can cater?

Your business can prepare and serve any dish or cuisine except for any food that has cannabis ingredients.

My catering company operates through a third-party commercial kitchen, do I need to include them into my policy?

Yes, if you run your catering through another business’s kitchen (say a recreational centre, convention centre or banquet hall), most will ask to be included as an additional insured on your policy. This will ensure their equipment/premises are protected in the event of a claim made on your behalf.

Does my commercial auto insurance provide coverage for my tools and equipment while in transit?

No. A commercial auto policy does not cover the cost to repair or replace tools and equipment if they are damaged in a collision or stolen from a business vehicle. To protect those assets, you need to include tools and equipment insurance in your overall policy.

Are renovation contractors required by law to have insurance?

In most provinces, renovation contractors must carry commercial general liability insurance. Your customers may also insist you are insured and ask you to provide them with a certificate of insurance or proof of insurance before hiring you. Check with the authorities in your jurisdiction and speak to a Zensurance licensed broker to ensure you are adequately protected.

Are any subcontractors I hire for a renovation project covered by my commercial general liability insurance policy?

It depends on the terms and exclusions of your policy. It may be necessary to include any subcontractors you hire for a project as an ‘additional insured’ to your policy. Additionally, it is advisable to encourage any subcontractors you hire or work with to get their insurance coverage. A Zensurance licensed broker can help them if they are not insured.

Can a former client launch a lawsuit against me alleging I caused them physical, psychological, or financial harm years ago?

Yes. It is possible for a former client to sue you for bodily injury, negligence, or misconduct after they ceased using your services. For example, you can be sued for third-party bodily injury up to two years after someone initially reports the injury.

What are the most common restrictions or exclusions in a fitness instructor insurance policy?

Some common exclusions in a fitness instructor insurance policy may include training professional athletes, student athletes or anyone under the age of 18, and certain types of exercises that involve aerial or aquatic components.

Do I need to purchase product liability insurance to sell nutritional supplements to my customers that I buy from a supplier?

Yes. Any small business or self-employed professional who sells, distributes, or manufactures a product (including food and nutritional supplements) should have product liability coverage as part of their overall policy. Product liability coverage is usually included in commercial general liability insurance, but check your policy details or speak to one of our licensed brokers if you are not sure.

When would commercial crime insurance get triggered?

Your commercial crime insurance kicks in after filing a claim. It can be claimed on either a discovery basis (when you realize there is a loss while your policy is active or up to 60 days after the policy has been terminated) or loss-sustained basis (covers incidents during the policy period as well as losses that occurred under a prior crime policy).

Does commercial crime insurance cover social engineering fraud?

No. Commercial crime insurance is not designed to protect you from social engineering fraud. For protection against social engineering, that is an optional type of coverage you can include in your policy when purchasing cyber liability insurance.

Does commercial crime insurance include coverage for acts of violence?

No. Commercial crime insurance is not designed to cover acts of violence in a workplace. However, some insurers may include coverage for things such as kidnapping and ransom.

If I subcontract some of my health care services, will they be covered?

Subcontractors aren’t covered by your insurance policy – generally, only full-time employees can be covered. Subcontractors should carry their own liability insurance.

Are there any specific health care services that are excluded from my policy?

Your insurance policy will cover you for unintentional actions you’re liable for, within the scope of your business activities. Therefore, you wouldn’t be covered for acts outside of the scope of the business (say, you decide to start selling pre-cooked dinners to patients without informing your insurance company) or intentional acts (such as deliberately mistreating a patient). For more detail on this subject, speak to a broker to ensure you’re sufficiently covered.

What risks do home health care providers face?

Home health care providers can run into a variety of risks, from the common “slip-and-fall” liabilities, through to costly allegations of medical malpractice. It’s important to protect your business financially with a comprehensive policy package that covers these potential claims.

Does a temporary staffing agency’s insurance policy cover the employees they hire to work at a client’s jobsite?

It depends. Because a temporary staffing agency hires and pays the candidate and not the agency’s business client, they are considered an employee of the agency. However, it’s your policy’s details that will clarify this situation. Ask your licensed broker if your policy extends to cover your employees.

Does professional liability insurance include protection against allegations of defamation and libel?

Yes. Professional liability insurance, or errors and omissions insurance, includes coverage for your media and advertising as well as any accusations of defamation, libel, or slander. Your commercial general liability insurance may also cover you in such situations, depending on the policy’s terms. Speak to your licensed broker to be sure.

I am a recruiter who works for a staffing agency. My employer has insurance. Do I need my own policy?

It is advisable to consider purchasing your own professional liability insurance policy to ensure you are not exposed by any gaps in your employer’s policy. Speak to one of our licensed brokers about your concerns and what your options are.

What are the common risks that nail technicians face?

Here are some of the risks that can occur in a nail salon that can be covered by nail technician insurance:

  • Allergic reaction/adverse reaction to a treatment
  • Slip-and-fall incident
  • Property damage due to fire, theft or vandalism
  • Allegations of professional negligence
How much insurance coverage should a nail technician have?

Typically, nail technicians should have at least $2 million coverage for liability claims. It may seem like a lot, but claims can be very costly – such as medical bills and legal fees that can add up quickly.

Do I need additional coverage if I provide mobile nail services?

Yes. Our liability insurance adapts to your mobile nail business and can cover your content while in transit services across Canada at no additional cost.

Does my insurance cover bike rentals?

Product liability coverage within a commercial general liability insurance policy covers you for any injuries or property damage to a customer who rents a bike from your shop provided it is stated in your policy.

Do I need additional coverage if my bike shop organizes and hosts a community cycling event?

Yes. If your bike shop hosts and runs cycling events outside of your store, you may require additional insurance coverage for them. Speak to one of our licensed insurance brokers about the types of events you plan to host and what your coverage options are for them.

What is the most common risk bike shop owners face?

While theft is undoubtedly a common problem independent bike dealers face, so too are the risks associated with building and repairing customers’ cycles. If one of your bike repair technicians should make a mistake working on a customer’s bike, and a customer suffers an injury because of that error, you could be sued for third-party bodily injury.

Why do microblading professionals need insurance?

Every business has risks. For example, a client could simply slip and fall in your salon, leaving you liable for their costly medical bills, or a fire in the adjoining unit could break out overnight, destroying your expensive equipment. Regardless of the precautions taken, things can happen beyond your control. Protect your business from serious financial debt with coverage that’s right for you.

Do I need my own insurance if I rent space at a spa?

Yes, oftentimes commercial insurance policies only cover the liability of full-time employees. If you’re a freelancing microblading professional, or you rent a chair in a salon, check with the business owner to determine whether you’re covered – chances are you’ll need to carry your own insurance.

Are there any requirements in order to obtain a microblading insurance policy?

Yes, we require accredited certification and a minimum of 40 hours of practical experience in order to provide a microblading insurance quote.

Why do bookkeepers need insurance?

Even the best bookkeeper may make a mistake or miscalculation. If an error, omission, or miscalculation is made and results in your client suffering a financial loss, your client could sue you for damages. Even a frivolous claim of wrongdoing by one of your clients may result in legal expenses that run into thousands of dollars.

If I provide online bookkeeping services, do I still need insurance?

Yes. Even though the bookkeeping services you provide are online exclusively, you still need to purchase E&O insurance at a minimum to protect yourself against allegations of errors, omissions, misconduct, negligence, and failure to deliver a service as promised. Additionally, as a digital bookkeeping business, you should also consider adding cyber liability protection to your overall policy.

Do bookkeepers and accountants need different insurance coverages?

Not necessarily. As a bookkeeper, the types of coverages you need may be similar to those required by an accountant. For example, both professions must have E&O insurance (also known as professional liability insurance). Speak with one of our licensed brokers to ensure you have the right types of coverage for your business.

Will my insurance cover my camp if I rent it out during the winter season?

Many insurance companies will allow you to choose the duration of your policy. For example, at Zensurance we’ll ask you if you’re looking for annual coverage, seasonal coverage (minimum three months), or less than three months coverage. If your business is active in the winter months, ensure you have annual coverage in place, or speak to a broker about extending your coverage.

Do I need insurance if I require camp participants to sign a liability waiver?

Getting parents and guardians to sign waivers can protect your business against certain liabilities to a degree. However, there are aspects – such as the wording of the waiver and the details of the incident – that can determine whether a waiver is upheld in court. To ensure you’re sufficiently protected, it’s always advisable to hold insurance that covers you for a wide range of liable events. Additionally, a summer camp insurance policy may protect you from frivolous lawsuits brought against you.

What is not covered in a summer camp insurance policy?

Your summer camp insurance is a group of combined policies, all of which are optional. Besides coverages you choose to exclude, summer camp insurance won’t cover your business for deliberate liable actions that cause property damage or third-party bodily injury, such as if an employee was to vandalize the property. The majority of risks you could face will be included as optional coverage, and you can speak to a broker for more details.

I’m a travelling freelance writer. Will my insurance provide coverage outside of Canada?

Yes. A freelance writers’ and authors’ insurance policy can be customized to provide you with coverage when you are working outside of Canada temporarily. Speak to a licensed broker about your specific business needs to ensure your policy includes coverage for when you are working in another country.

What’s the difference between media liability and professional liability?

Yes, media liability would include coverage specifically designed for the media industry. Professional liability provides coverage for writers working in industries other than media.

Does writers insurance provide coverage for content published on my own blog?

Yes. A freelance writers and authors insurance policy includes coverage for any digital content you produce, including content you publish on a personal or professional blog that you own.

Why doesn’t my home insurance cover if I work from home?

Personal home insurance is not designed to provide coverage for a home-based business. Although some home insurance policies may offer a limited amount of coverage if you are working from home during the pandemic, if you are running a business out of your home, you require a commercial policy to insure your operations and premises.

If I’m a freelancing graphic designer working outside of Canada. Will my insurance cover me?

Yes. Your professional liability insurance policy will cover you while working outside of Canada provided it is part of your coverage terms. Speak to a licensed broker about your coverage needs to ensure you are fully protected.

What are the common risks that graphic designers face?

Graphic designers face a wide variety of risks including copyright infringement, contract disputes, failure to meet deadlines or deliver a service as promised, and negligence. A professional liability insurance is designed to provide you with financial support if you are subject to an allegation of wrongdoing or a lawsuit.

Do I need additional coverage if I work on commercial tree removal?

Your arborist or tree removal insurance policy must reflect the type of work you do. If you frequently provide tree removal services on commercial properties, speak to a licensed broker about the amount of coverage your small business requires.

Do I need tree removal insurance if my clients have home insurance?

Yes. Even though your clients may have homeowner insurance policies, they are designed to protect their properties and possessions, but not your work, crew, or equipment.

A customer is asking for my certificate of insurance. How do I get it?

Your licensed insurance broker can provide you with a certificate of insurance if you need it. It is a one-page document that proves you are insured should you need to provide it to a partner, customer, or financial institution.

Is there a difference between malpractice insurance and professional liability insurance?

Malpractice insurance for a spa typically focuses on bodily injury due to professional negligence, while professional liability is focused on financial harm. A comprehensive spa insurance policy from Zensurance is customizable to provide you with both coverages.

Does my spa insurance policy cover any independent professionals who rent a space in my spa?

No. Your spa insurance policy is designed to cover you, the business owner, and your employees. If you have independent professionals working in your facility who are not your employees, they need their own liability insurance policy.

I have my customers sign a liability waiver. Do I still need a spa insurance policy?

Yes. A liability waiver may not protect you in court if you are sued. A spa insurance policy will provide you with financial support in the event one of our customers is injured on your property, by one of your services, or a product they purchase from you.

Are there other types of coverages my construction business requires?

Depending on what your construction business does, the work it performs, and projects it has, there may be additional types of insurance you need to form a comprehensive policy. For example, if you provide advice or consulting services as part of your business, you may need to add professional liability coverage to your overall policy. Speak to a Zensurance licensed broker about your business’s needs and get their advice on what you need to be adequately protected.

Do all members of my construction crew need to be licensed and insured?

Yes. It is advisable for every member of your construction crew to be fully licensed, and they should each carry their own liability policy to protect them from expenses related to accidents, mishaps, or third-party lawsuits.

What is wrap-up liability and what benefits does a wrap-up liability policy provide?

A wrap-up liability policy is a one-time, project-specific liability policy that is designed to cover everyone involved in a construction project and who work at the project site. Although all contractors and subcontractors involved in your project should carry their own liability insurance, wrap-up liability coverage is a time-saving way to guarantee every professional involved in your project is insured against the risk of third-party bodily injury or property damage claims.

Is there a difference between a vacant property and unoccupied property?

Insurers consider a business property vacant if it is empty (no furniture or equipment inside) after a predetermined number of days. Typically, an insurer will restrict or deny coverage for a property that is vacant after more than 30 days. An unoccupied property is one insurers will consider habitable and maintained and still has the equipment, merchandise, furniture, and other items inside.

Is there a maximum amount of time a business property that is vacant can be insured?

No. However, the coverage limits of your policy may be restricted to a degree depending on the amount of time the property is unoccupied. Speak to a licensed broker about your property’s specific needs.

What kinds of properties are ineligible for vacant property insurance?

If a commercial property is abandoned or uninhabitable because of an insured loss, it may be difficult to find an insurer willing to issue a vacant property insurance policy for it. Have a conversation with a Zensurance licensed broker and let them advise you on how to obtain a policy to protect your unoccupied property.

If I hired an engineer or architect for a project, will they be covered?

Contractors such as engineers or architects can be covered under your policy, but may need to raise your coverage limits or ask them to have their own liability insurance coverage. If you’re including professional services in your projects that go beyond the scope of interior design, it’s always best to check your policy limits with a broker to ensure you’re covered adequately.

How does different design project types affect my insurance premium?

Insurers calculate your premium based on the project size and the likelihood of a risk occurring. Generally, the bigger the project, the greater the potential risk, which can lead to higher premiums. While project size is one aspect of a quote, the likelihood of a risk occurring considers other things about your business such as your claims history and years of experience. For a tenured interior designer with no previous claims, a premium can be lower than average even for larger projects.

What are the common liabilities of an interior designer?

Due to managing complex and sometimes highly costly projects, interior designers are most likely to run into accusations of negligence or erroneous work. If a third-party files a lawsuit against your business, professional liability insurance may provide financial protection, regardless of whether the claim is found to be valid or not.

Are faith-based organizations eligible for insurance discounts?

It’s unlikely. Insurers consider churches and other faith-based institutions the same as any other commercial property. However, some insurance companies may offer discounts on certain types of policies if the institution has up-to-date electrical and plumbing infrastructure and a 24/7 security and fire-monitoring surveillance system. Talk to a Zensurance licensed broker to find out if your organization qualifies for any discounts.

Does commercial property insurance provide coverage for places of worship while they are vacant?

It depends. A non-residential property such as a church may be considered vacant after a prolonged period by your insurance company (typically a period of more than 30 days). If that happens, your insurer may remove some of your policy’s coverages. Be sure to speak to a licensed broker about the restrictions and limitations of your policy to understand how they apply to you.

Are there additional coverages I should add to a church insurance policy?

Yes. You may wish to add additional or optional coverages to your overall insurance policy. For instance, if your church has a passenger van it uses to attend community events or provide some of your followers with transportation to and from your location, you may need to include commercial auto coverage in your policy. Or if your organization runs a children’s daycare, you may need to add abuse and molestation coverage.

Do I need additional coverage if I provide mobile barber services?

Yes, if you travel for business purposes, you’ll require commercial auto insurance as part of a policy. This policy will cover you for liable incidents and the loss or damage to your business property while it’s in the vehicle.

Does my barber shop insurance cover hair products that I sell?

Yes, product liability insurance is a part of your CGL coverage. If you sell a faulty or mislabelled product (such as shampoo or hair gel) and it’s alleged that product caused property damage or bodily injury due to a defect, your commercial liability insurance could cover you for the claim and related costs.

If I rent out my chairs, does my insurance cover the contract barbers?

Generally speaking, your insurance will only cover your full-time employees. For self-employed or freelancing barbers working in your business, you should let them know they’ll likely need their own insurance policy to be covered for risks or losses.

Will I be liable for injury-related claims after months of providing tattoo service?

If a customer is blaming you for a tattoo-related injury months after your service, external factors will be considered. It would need to be proven your service directly caused the injury, and external factors (such as the level of care from the customer) weren’t the true cause. Depending on the outcome, general liability coverage could cover the costs of medical fees and legal fees.

Will my insurance cover customer injuries sustained during the tattooing process?

If you have general liability coverage, chances are you’ll be covered for causing an injury due to an accident during the tattooing process. Should a customer sue, general liability insurance may provide financial coverage for legal fees and medical fees.

Do I need additional tattoo insurance coverage if I provide services to minors?

To get a tattoo, many provinces have mandated a minimum age that’s below the age of the minority. You may require higher coverage limits if you offer tattoos to minors. Check with a broker, or include this detail in your quote to ensure you’re adequately covered.

What is excluded from a garage liability insurance policy?

A garage liability insurance policy does not provide coverage for the contents in a customer’s vehicle such as clothing, money, or other items.

Can a mechanic or auto repair technician be held liable because of a car accident involving a customer’s vehicle during a test drive?

Yes. A mechanic or auto repair technician can be held liable for damages to a customer’s vehicle resulting from a car accident they were driving to ensure it is in good condition after repairing it.

What is the difference between garage liability and garage keepers’ liability insurance?

Garage liability insurance protects you from third-party bodily injury or property damage claims. Garage keepers’ insurance provides financial support if a customer’s vehicle that is in your care and control is damaged while on your premises due to a natural disaster, severe weather, theft, and vandalism.

Can a former client sue me for an alleged error made on a tax return filed years ago?

Yes. Both your former and current clients could sue you for real or alleged errors. Whenever a mistake or negligent act harms one of your clients financially, there are often consequences. For example, if you missed an allowable tax deduction or your work results in a client underpaying their tax bill and they are subject to penalties and interest on the outstanding debt, that client may sue you to recover their losses.

Is errors and omissions insurance mandatory for tax preparers?

It depends. The province you live in or any professional association you are a member of may require you to carry a specific amount of errors and omissions insurance. For instance, any registered firms or professionals who are members of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario are required to carry an E&O policy.

Are tax preparers liable for their work?

As a professional tax preparer, you help your clients understand their tax obligations. However, your profession can expose you to a third-party lawsuit over the handling of highly sensitive information. If one of your clients gets in trouble with the Canada Revenue Agency for the way they’re managing their taxes, you may be subject to litigation.

If I’m hired as a sub-contractor for another company, do I need my own insurance?

Yes, you’ll need your own insurance. Typically, insurance coverage only applies to a company’s full-time employees. If you work for yourself, or another company, you should ensure you have your own insurance coverage to protect your work.

If I supply the fixtures or materials, do I need to get specific coverage for this?

Product liability insurance may be included in your CGL policy – speak to a broker to understand how you’re covered. Product liability insurance can cover third-party property damage or bodily injury caused by a faulty product you use in your projects.

Does carpenter insurance cover poor craft quality?

Depending on the size of the claim, poor workmanship may be covered under faulty workmanship coverage within your carpenter’s general liability policy.

Who pays for builder’s risk insurance?

Purchasing builder’s risk insurance to cover a construction project is typically the property owner’s responsibility. When finalizing the details of a construction project, be sure to identify who will be responsible for purchasing the policy and ensure all involved parties are covered.

Can a project manager get sued?

Yes. A project manager can face a third-party lawsuit from a customer or business partner for any number of reasons. For example, if you are responsible for overseeing and executing a new software project for a customer that uses their entire budget but produces an unsatisfactory or unusable solution for its end users, you could be named in a lawsuit that could cost you thousands of dollars.

If I’m required to travel out of the country for project-related work, will my policy cover me?

Most policies offer worldwide coverage, but some may impose restrictions in certain countries. Therefore, it is best to consult and confirm with your broker if the policy presented offers coverage outside Canada and any territories excluded.

Does my project manager insurance include contract bonds?

Also known as contract surety bond, this coverage is separate from professional liability. They are primarily purchased in the construction industry. These bonds protect the owner from financial loss if the contractor fails to fulfill their contract’s terms and conditions.

Does my professional liability insurance cover me if I work outside of my home province?

It depends. During your insurance application, it needs to be determined in which provinces you are licensed to practice. If you are working from a location outside of Canada, such as in the United States, talk to one of our licensed brokers to ensure your policy includes coverage for working in another country.

The law firm I work at has an insurance policy. As an employed paralegal, do I need my own insurance?

Yes. Even though the law firm where you work is insured, that policy may not cover you from allegations of wrongdoing or a third-party lawsuit. It is advisable to speak to a licensed broker to ensure there are no gaps in your coverage and ensure you are protected from allegations of negligence or errors with a professional liability policy.

What is the difference between a “claims-made” policy and an “occurrence” policy?

A claims-made policy is one that protects you from allegations or claims made while your policy is active, regardless of when the insurable incident occurred. An occurrence policy provides coverage as long as you were insured when the incident occurred.

Will my home insurance cover my training classes at my home-based gym?

No. A personal home insurance policy is not a business insurance policy. It is not designed to cover the cost of a third-party bodily injury or professional liability lawsuit due to your services. Speak to a licensed broker about getting a business insurance policy that includes commercial general liability and professional liability coverages.

My clients sign consent forms. Do I still need insurance?

Yes. Even though your clients sign consent forms acknowledging the possible risks they face by participating in your workout classes, you still require business insurance to protect yourself from third-party allegations and lawsuits of wrongdoing, negligence, or misconduct, or if they are injured by your exercise routine. Although a waiver or consent form can be helpful, they cannot prevent one of your clients from suing you. If they do, and you do not have business insurance, you are still responsible to pay for your legal defence costs.

If I provide nutritional advice to my clients, will my personal trainer insurance cover me?

It depends. If you have professional liability coverage (also known as errors and omissions insurance) as part of your overall policy, you are covered for claims of negligence, third-party bodily injuries, or accusations of wrongdoing related to the advice you provided. If you do not have that type of coverage in your policy, you are leaving yourself exposed to the risk of having to pay thousands of dollars in damages if you are successfully sued by one of your clients. Zensurance can provide you with a policy that covers both nutritional advice based on the Canada Food Guide, as well as coverage for certified nutritionists and dieticians.

Will a cannabis insurance policy protect me from theft of my products in my store or facility?

If you operate a retail store or dispensary, and a visitor or customer steals products from your location, a commercial property insurance policy may cover you for the loss. However, if the theft is attributed to one of your employees, whether in a dispensary, warehouse, or production facility, you need commercial crime insurance coverage to safeguard your inventory from theft, forgery, or fraud committed by a dishonest employee.

Are government cannabis insurance requirements across Canada standardized for each province?

No. Each province determines the required amount of coverage a cannabis business owner must have in their respective jurisdictions. Also, producers, suppliers, and retailers in any province may be required to hold different amounts of liability coverage. Check with your provincial authorities to find out how much insurance you are legally required to have for your location and speak with one of our licensed brokers to get their experienced recommendation on what your business should have in place.

Does a standard cannabis insurance policy protect my business from data breaches or cyber-attacks?

You need to have cyber liability insurance coverage included in your overall policy for protection and support from losses or damages resulting from an accidental or intentional data breach or if your business is the victim of an outside cyber-attack by an unknown hacker.

If I plan to start teaching reiki as a course, do I need to change my policy?

Yes, any changes to your business’s services – such as teaching a course based on your specialization – should be mentioned to your broker to ensure you have the right coverages and limits.

Will reiki liability insurance cover other services that I provide?

Reiki liability insurance is designed to protect your specific reiki services. However, if you also provide similar services (e.g. Yoga), they can often be covered under the same policy so long as you disclose them to your broker.

Can I still get reiki insurance if I’m only a level 1 practitioner?

Yes, reiki practitioners of any level can hold a reiki insurance policy, however, years of experience is considered as one of the pricing factors that determine your premium.

If I rent out my mini excavator, will my insurance provide equipment coverage?

Some insurance companies are okay with insuring your mini excavator if you rent it to another party. However, you should ensure you are added to the individual’s or company’s policy you are renting the mini excavator to as an additional insured. That way, if a claim arises, it is that party’s insurance that will cover the cost for the loss or damage.

If my excavation project requires removing trees, am I covered?

It may be necessary to include tree removal insurance to your policy for this type of operation if it’s included in the excavation process. That will ensure you are accurately covered. Speak to a licensed broker about your policy and inquire if you need to add tree removal coverage to your overall policy.

Will my commercial general liability cover grading of land as an additional service?

As part of your company’s services, the grading of land must be stated to your insurance company. It’s not an unusual request since grading operations correlate with excavation work, but it’s always vital to let your broker know in advance what type of work you are doing to ensure maximum protection.

If I’m leasing a commercial space for my flower shop and it is broken into overnight and ransacked by an unknown burglar, am I covered?

Yes. For damages to your contents such as your inventory or if your computer or laptop is stolen, your tenant legal liability insurance may pay to repair or replace your damaged or stolen contents including your inventory. It may also pay for any damages to the property caused by the burglar.

Does florist insurance cover accidents that occur at another location such as a banquet hall?

Yes. For example, suppose you’re creating a flower wall for a wedding that’s to be held at a banquet hall. While you’re working on it, a ladder you use tips over and lands on a nearby table with champagne glasses, smashing the glasses to pieces. If you are sued by the banquet hall owner for damages, your policy may pay for the third-party property damages.

If a fire damages my flower shop and I am forced to close, will my policy cover my losses?

Yes. Your commercial property insurance may pay for the damages caused by the fire to both the building and your contents and inventory. If you have business interruption coverage as part of your policy, it may pay for any income you lose while your shop is closed and under repair.

Is student housing insurance for a rental property a legal requirement?

No. A student housing insurance policy is not a legal requirement in Canada. However, if you don’t have coverage, you are taking a big gamble. After all, without an insurance policy, you are on your own to pay for any repair costs to your property should one of your tenants or their guests damage any part of it. Moreover, you are leaving yourself exposed to significant financial risk if you don’t have a policy if you are sued by anyone for bodily injuries if they are hurt while staying on our property. A third-party lawsuit could end up costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Does a student housing insurance policy also provide coverage for my tenants’ personal possessions?

No. Each of your student tenants requires a personal tenant insurance policy to protect their contents, such as clothing and electronics, and provide them with some liability coverage. From a risk management perspective, it is highly recommended that you insist your student tenants carry a personal renter’s insurance policy and ensure they provide you with proof of coverage. Typically, the student’s parents’ homeowner policy provides a student housing property coverage. Ask your student tenants to check with their parents if their existing homeowner policy provides coverage for student housing.

Does a student housing insurance policy cover damages caused intentionally by a tenant?

It depends. If one of your student tenants intentionally damages your property, such as spray painting a wall, your policy may not reimburse you for paying for that repair. However, if you have vandalism buy-back coverage, you may be covered. To try to avoid this scenario, prepare a rental unit condition form for your student tenants to sign. Do a walk-through of the property with them to confirm everything in the building is in good condition, and then have the student sign the form before handing over the keys. Speak to a licensed broker about what your options are.

What are the common risks for pilates instructors?

Any guided fitness activities tend to see liability claims relating to third-party bodily injury. These claims can occur due to general or professional risks. Ensure you have CGL and professional liability coverage to ensure you’re protected.

What additional insurance coverages does a pilates studio owner need?

Depending on your business, you may require increased policy limits to fully cover your risk. If your business offers activities beyond pilates, check with a broker to see if you require any other coverages.

Does pilates insurance cover online classes?

Yes. Whether you teach your class in person or virtually, you can be covered from claims for which you’re professionally liable.

I am employed as an occupational therapist assistant at a practice. My employer has insurance in place. Do I need to get my own policy?

It depends. The insurance coverage your employer provides may have gaps that can leave you exposed to liability risks. Ensure you are covered against allegations of malpractice or neglect by speaking to a licensed broker.

Does occupational therapy insurance provide coverage for virtual services?

Yes. Whether you provide your services in-person or virtually through a video conference call, your insurance policy is valid in both circumstances.

Is occupational therapy insurance portable?

Yes. If you move to another province or territory to practice or decide to change jobs and work for a different practice, your insurance policy stays with you for the duration of the annual policy until it needs to be renewed.

Is cyber liability insurance important for security service companies?

Yes, it is. A cyber liability insurance policy protects your company from the cost of claims or third-party lawsuits related to a data breach or cyber-attack. It covers costs associated with losses or theft of your customers’ confidential information that is in your care, custody, and control. That could be confidential data stored on your computer systems, failure to comply with a privacy policy that prohibits the disclosure or sharing of personally identifiable information or taking necessary actions to prevent customer identity theft.

Do security companies need professional liability insurance?

Yes. Professional liability, or errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, is a must-have for security service firms. Regardless of how meticulous and cautious your security team is executing their duties, mistakes or accidents can happen at any time to anyone.

What kind of insurance do individual security guards need?

Security guards are responsible for protecting their customers’ properties from the risk of vandalism, burglary, and theft, or keeping people safe from harm. The nature of their jobs can put them in dangerous situations. At a minimum, security guards need commercial general liability and professional liability insurance.

Is there coverage available for protection from breach of contract?

Yes. If you miss a client deadline and fail to deliver a project on time, which causes your client to delay the public release of the project that results in a financial loss, E&O coverage can protect you from any lawsuits or damages the client suffers.

If I hire contract dance instructors, are they covered in my insurance policy?

No, your policy will only cover full-time employees or volunteers. Any contracted or freelance dance instructors will need to obtain individual liability insurance policies.

Does my dance liability insurance cover online dance classes?

Yes, regardless of how you conduct your dance class, you’re responsible for the guidance you provide to your students. Liability insurance will cover you whether you teach your class in person or virtually.

Is there a difference in coverage for dance instructors versus dance studios?

Yes, if you’re a freelance dance instructor, you’ll likely need professional liability and CGL. However, if you own a dance studio, you’ll need to have more comprehensive coverage that covers your location along with liability. That ensures you’re protecting your business-related assets should they be damaged during an insured event.

Is landlord insurance for a rental property a legal requirement?

No. A landlord insurance policy is not mandatory for rental properties in Canada. However, it is highly recommended to purchase a policy to protect yourself and the property from unexpected damages or third-party lawsuits. You are leaving yourself exposed to significant financial risk if you don’t have a policy to protect your property.

Does a landlord insurance policy cover damages caused by a tenant?

It depends. Most landlord insurance policies will cover a rental property from named perils, like damages from severe weather. If a tenant accidentally causes damage, such as a kitchen fire that destroys appliances, it may pay for the cost to repair or replace the appliances, any structural damages, and the rental income you lose while repairs are being made. However, if a tenant intentionally damages your property, such as punching a hole in a wall, the policy may not reimburse you for paying for that repair. Likewise, a landlord insurance policy does not cover the cost of maintenance-related issues. You are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the property. Also, it does not include coverage for household equipment breakdowns such as a malfunctioning furnace, dishwasher, or stove.

Are there additional coverages I should add to a general landlord insurance policy?

Yes. There are additional or optional coverages you can include in a general landlord insurance policy. For example, you may wish to add sewer backup coverage to the policy to protect your property to cover any damages to the sewer line that runs from your building to the municipal sewer drainage system. Should the sewer malfunction and wastewater from the sewer or a septic tank seep into your building, there could be significant damages to the building’s floors, walls, and other structures.

You may also want to consider adding what’s known as overland water coverage, which safeguards the property from damages resulting from a flood, excessive rain, snow melt, or overflowing lakes or rivers. Not all insurance companies will provide you with overland water protection, so speak to a licensed broker about finding an insurer that will provide this type of coverage for your property.

What do insurance companies need to know about my professional cleaning business?

To better understand the type of policy you need and the potential risks your business faces, insurance companies need an accurate description of the type of work you do. The professional cleaning and janitorial industry is diverse and has much variance. That’s why it’s vital to ensure you provide detailed information on your company, such as the services it provides, the types of customers you cater to, and how many employees you have.

How can I reduce the risks of my cleaning business to get a lower premium?

Any business that takes proactive steps to mitigate its risks from potential losses, damages, or lawsuits will typically receive a lower annual premium than one that does not. It’s worthwhile to have a safety program in place for your employees to adhere to including directions on how to properly handle and dispose of chemicals safely. It’s also recommended to provide them with the safety-related items they need to protect themselves while on the job, such as rubber or latex gloves, safety goggles, and respiratory masks.

Does the equipment or cleaning chemicals I use affect my annual insurance premium?

Your insurer will want to know what equipment you use as well as the types of cleaning agents and chemicals you require to do your job effectively. While the type of equipment your business has may influence the cost of a policy, the cleaning chemicals and agents you use typically does not.

How can I prevent my business fleet insurance premium from rising upon renewal?

Beyond ensuring your drivers obey the rules of the road, avoid getting into collisions or racking up serious traffic violations, talk to your broker about adding an accident forgiveness endorsement or rider to your policy. Some insurance companies will provide you with accident forgiveness, which is an endorsement whereby the insurer will “forgive” you if you are at fault for a collision if it’s the first accident you’ve been in over the previous six years. If you get into an accident and are deemed to be at fault, your accident forgiveness endorsement (which can only be used once) will ensure your premium doesn’t increase come renewal time because of that accident. 

How can I reduce the cost of a motor fleet vehicle insurance policy?

There are many things you can do to help lower your commercial fleet insurance costs. For example, be selective with who you allow to drive your vehicles and vet each driver’s driving record thoroughly. Also, provide your drivers with advanced driving training, ensure regular maintenance of your fleet, use winter tires from November to May, and install anti-theft and tracking devices on all your vehicles. It’s also wise to ensure your vehicles are parked in a secured lot or garage, select higher deductibles for your coverages, and if you can, avoid filing unnecessary claims for minor damages you can fix yourself.

What is the difference between a commercial auto policy and a fleet vehicle insurance policy?

A commercial auto policy is designed to cover one vehicle that is used for business purposes. A fleet insurance policy is designed to cover five or more company vehicles used for business purposes. Though each policy contains similar types of coverages, a fleet insurance policy also covers any employee with a valid driver’s licence and can consist of a variety of vehicles including passenger cars, SUVs, vans, trucks, and trailers. Thus, any business with no designated drivers but with employees who may need to switch vehicles can benefit from fleet insurance, such as hotel shuttles, delivery services, taxi companies, moving companies, and car rental businesses.

Does photographer insurance include coverage for video gear?

You may need a customized policy to insure film equipment such as video cameras. Speak to a licensed broker about your needs and outline what type of equipment it is. They can guide you on what your coverage options are and get you a customized policy to protect your video equipment.

Is professional liability insurance important for a photographer?

Yes, it is. Think of professional liability as a type of malpractice insurance for shutterbugs. Suppose you’re hired to do a wedding photo shoot. Your camera could break, or a memory card may fail. Or maybe, despite your best effort, the shots you take don’t turn out the way you planned, and your customer is angry about it and sues you. That’s why you need professional liability coverage. It also protects you from allegations of negligence if a customer claims you failed to do your job.

Do I need photography insurance even if I’m not a professional photographer?

Yes. Both professional and amateur photographers should purchase a policy to protect their equipment and themselves from third-party liability lawsuits. If you’re taking photos of people, and those people get injured because of your work, you could be held legally liable for their injuries.

How does the type of pool being installed affect my insurance premium?

In-ground pools are considered to be a greater risk than above-ground pools and hot tubs. That’s because in-ground pools involve excavation, tile installation, as well as possible plumbing- and HVAC-related work.

Could I be held liable for pool damages after the completion of services?

Yes, you could be held liable for damages if they are in correlation with the work you did for your customer.

What is excluded from a swimming pool contractor insurance policy?

Although every insurance policy is unique and based upon your situation and needs, some common exclusions from a swimming pool contractors’ liability policy may include: 

  • Coverage for poor or faulty workmanship
  • Events or items that give rise to pollution
  • Coverage for subcontractors. All subcontractors need to have their own liability insurance before being hired for the job

Speak to a licensed insurance broker about getting a policy and ask what is covered and excluded from the type of policy you require. Your broker can advise you on the types of coverages you should have for the type of work you do.

What is excluded from a sports instructor insurance policy?

Coverage for virtual training sessions or training materials that are accessible to the general public is not typically included in a sports instructor insurance policy. In addition, a standard sports instructor insurance policy may not provide coverage for instructors under the age of 18, or for instruction related to certain activities such as canoeing, rowing, diving, kayaking, equestrian, martial arts, scuba diving, skiing, and surfing. Also, coverage for training a semi-professional or professional athlete is not included in a sports instructor policy. Speak to a licensed broker about what coverages are available as well as their terms, limits, and exclusions.

Is participant injury covered in a sports insurance policy?

If someone who is participating in a game or tournament your organization is hosting or as a member of your organization’s team participating in a game or tournament is injured on the field of play, your policy may cover the cost of their medical fees. However, you may need to purchase this type of coverage separately to add to your policy. Speak to your licensed broker if you want to include this coverage in your policy.

Does my sports team insurance include coverage for international tournaments?

No. Your existing sports team insurance coverage is only valid for tournaments occurring in Canada. However, we do not restrict you from travelling abroad, and can work with you to accommodate your insurance needs for participating in tournaments and events outside of Canada.

Do I need to let my insurance broker know if I change ingredients to my food items?

Yes. Any material changes to your products or business needs to be approved by the insurance company through your broker to ensure those aspects of the business are still covered under the policy. If a change is made to your business and the coverage does not apply, then it is likely that a potential claim will not be covered.

Will I be liable for lawsuits if I sell my baked goods from a third-party delivery app?

Yes. The liability falls back onto the owner of the business for any products sold through any platform. You will need to look over the agreement you have with the third-party delivery provider, as there might be terms and agreements that remove your liability once the product enters the delivery vehicle.

What is an ‘additional insured’ endorsement on a bakery business insurance policy?

If your bakery hosts an event at another location other than your shop, the event organizer and property owner may require you to add them as ‘additional insureds’ to your policy. By doing so, you are extending your insurance coverage to them if your bakery or employees cause or are involved in an accident at that event. Speak to a licensed broker about additional insureds if you need it. Oftentimes, you can include additional insureds to your policy at no cost to you.

How much insurance do I need for my auto repair shop?

How much coverage your auto repair shop needs depends on several factors, including where your shop is located, the types of services you offer, how many employees you have, and what your annual and projected revenues are. It also depends on how many customers’ vehicles you have on your premises and the average value of each vehicle. Speak to a licensed broker to determine what level of coverage your auto repair shop needs.

Do I need additional coverage if my auto repair shop also sells used cars?

Provided your auto repair shop has a used car dealer licence as per your province’s regulations, you may require additional ‘used car dealer’ coverage to your commercial general liability policy to adequately protect the new or used vehicles in your possession. Whereas garage keepers liability insurance protects customer vehicles in your care, used car dealer coverage is designed to protect you against damages or loss such as theft and vandalism to vehicles you are selling. 

Does my insurance policy cover my mechanics in training?

A comprehensive package featuring commercial general liability and E&O (errors and omissions) insurance may cover the costs associated with any errors your auto mechanics or technicians make to a customer’s vehicle that lead to a car accident. Your auto mechanics and technicians, whether they are being trained or are experienced employees, are covered by a commercial general liability policy.

What is the difference between Airbnb host protection insurance and a personal tenant insurance policy?

Airbnb’s host protection insurance is automatically applied to all Airbnb hosts. It may cover your legal responsibility for bodily injury to guests or others and damage to property belonging to your guests. It may provide up to US$1 million in liability coverage for a host’s legal responsibility for third-party bodily injuries, subject to policy terms, conditions, and exclusions.

A personal tenant insurance policy is a policy designed to protect tenants or renters of a home, condo, or apartment. Like a homeowner’s personal policy, it is not designed to cover short-term rentals through home-sharing services like Airbnb. Therefore, it is not a suitable replacement for or enhancement to Airbnb’s host protection insurance program.

Will a personal homeowner insurance policy cover my Airbnb rental?

No. It is unlikely that your existing home insurance company will cover the cost of third-party bodily injuries or property damages. You should inform your current insurer of your intention to list your property on Airbnb and any other home-sharing website, or your insurer may void your home insurance policy entirely for breach of contract. If your home insurance policy is cancelled by an insurance company, getting home insurance from another insurer could prove to be difficult as well as expensive.

How are claims made by Airbnb hosts handled?

Whenever an insured (that’s you) submits a claim to Zensurance’s claims team, we move immediately to report the claim to your insurance company and represent you by ensuring you get a fast response. Although we do not decide what the payout will be or if your claim will be honoured (that’s up to the insurance company), we do go to bat for our customers by ensuring they are informed every step of the way. One of the biggest problems with ensuring your claim is settled to your satisfaction is having the right customized coverages protecting your property at the get-go.

Talk to one of our licensed brokers when you’re setting up your policy or renewing it. They can guide you through the process, answer your questions, and ensure you have the right coverages in place, so you don’t have to worry if something goes wrong and you need to file a claim.

What’s the difference between a product recall and product liability insurance?

A product recall can be expensive, logistically complex, and it can severely damage your company’s reputation. Whereas product liability insurance covers the cost of third-party bodily injuries or property damage from the use of your product, product recall insurance may pay for the operational costs of a product recall, including advertising the recall, shipping and disposal costs, as well as product replacement, repair, and distribution costs.

Will my product liability insurance cover me for products sold to other countries?

Yes, unless stated otherwise in the policy. Product liability coverage is designed to cover a company that exports its products to another country, however, you may need to increase the coverage limit to adequately cover the risks inherent in those products. If a product liability suit is filed against your company in a foreign country, your company is responsible for paying legal fees, court costs, and whatever the rendered judgment is against your business. If your company is doing business overseas and lacks adequate product liability coverage, any legal judgments against you in those countries

How do my products get evaluated in terms of risk?

The products your facility uses and manufacturers are evaluated according to several criteria. For instance, if you use hazardous materials, importing materials or products from other countries, what the environmental impacts are for using or producing those materials, and the safety procedures you have in place during the manufacturing process. 

Does my home insurance cover my freelance business?

It’s a common assumption that home-based small businesses are automatically covered by a homeowners policy, but that isn’t the case necessarily. Many homeowner’s policies exclude business-related claims or they’ll have a low monetary limit that can’t provide adequate coverage in the case of a claim.

If I’m travelling while working, am I still covered?

Typically, freelancer insurance policies will cover you for business-related activities within Canada. Some coverages, such as liability-based coverages can provide you with protection worldwide. To ensure your business is adequately covered whilst travelling, talk to one of our licensed brokers.

Does freelancer insurance cover my services on third-party marketplaces?

Yes. Freelancer insurance covers your work on websites that you don’t own (for example, if you’re a freelance writer whose work is published on a third-party site, or you’re advertising your services on a marketplace website).

Will acupuncture malpractice insurance cover my home-based clinic?

Yes. Acupuncture malpractice insurance provides protection for home-based clinics.

Does acupuncture insurance cover other services that I provide?

Yes, with acupuncture insurance you can extend your coverage for other services that you also provide, such as massage therapy or other traditional Chinese healing. When you make a quote, you’ll likely be asked to disclose other services you offer so you’re provided with the right policy for your business. If you’re unsure whether a specific service will be covered, it’s always best to check with a broker.

How much acupuncture liability coverage should I get?

Liability and malpractice claims can cost thousands of dollars – sometimes even more than that, therefore it’s extremely important to have a sufficient monetary limit should a claim be made against your business. The exact dollar amount depends on factors such as the size of your business and the types of services you provide. When you make a quote with Zensurance, we determine a suggested amount of liability coverage, but you have the option to raise or lower that limit based on your comfort level.

Is a pickup truck considered a commercial vehicle?

In general, most provinces consider pickup trucks to be commercial motor vehicles if they are used for commercial or business purposes. However, check with your provincial transportation ministry to determine if your pickup truck is classified as a commercial vehicle.

Are my tools covered under my commercial auto policy?

You may require an enhancement to your policy to protect your tools and equipment. Tools and equipment coverage is designed to replace, or repair lost or damaged equipment and tools, accessories. Anything valued at less than $1,500 is considered a tool, whereas anything above is considered equipment.

If I use my personal vehicle for work and get into an accident, will my personal car insurance policy pay for damages?

Not necessarily. If the insurer for your existing personal auto policy is unaware you are using your private vehicle for business purposes, they could deny any claim you file. That means you will be on your own to cover the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle. Furthermore, your personal auto policy could be cancelled by the insurer for not notifying them you use your vehicle for work. If an insurer cancels your personal auto policy, it will cause your premium to rise significantly.

Is equipment breakdown insurance necessary for campgrounds and RV parks?

If your campground or RV park has a restaurant, bar, or general store on the premises, and any commercial appliances like a refrigerator breaks down because of a mechanical or electrical issue, equipment breakdown insurance may cover the costs to repair or replace it, as well as any food and drink spoilage up to a specified limit.

Is liquor liability coverage necessary for campgrounds and RV parks?

If your campground or RV park has a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol on the premises, liquor liability coverage is a must-have. Any establishment or its employees involved with serving alcoholic beverages may be held liable for damages or injuries that occur if it is determined alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in any incident. Your employees must be licensed to serve alcohol by provincial liquor service and sales programs such as Smart Serve in Ontario or ProServe in Alberta. 

Does campground and RV park insurance cover damages to boats or other equipment visitors rent?

If one of your guests accidentally damages a boat or other item they rented from you, your commercial property coverage may cover the costs of repairing or replacing it.

Is equipment breakdown coverage necessary for bars and pubs?

Yes. Including equipment breakdown coverage in your bar and pub insurance policy helps protect you against expenses associated with malfunctioning or broken refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and other major appliances or equipment. In addition, this type of coverage may pay for repairing or replacing the equipment, as well as any food and drink spoilage up to a specified limit.

Does a bar and pub insurance policy provide coverage for theft by an employee or customer?

Commercial property coverage protects you from theft by a customer or unknown person by forcible means such as a break-and-enter. Meanwhile, commercial crime insurance protects against theft by employees, including any losses resulting from forgery or computer fraud.

Is liquor liability insurance required for bars and pubs?

Yes. Any establishment that serves alcoholic beverages is required to have liquor liability insurance. You can be held liable if you serve alcohol to a customer who causes an accident or is injured, and alcohol is deemed to be a contributing factor. Your employees are also required to ensure that they do not serve alcohol to patrons who are beyond the point of intoxication, which can be challenging to monitor

Is additional coverage required for some film productions?

Yes, for specific projects, filmmakers may require equipment or enter into scenarios that aren’t covered by a standard policy. These typically come with additional risks that not all brokers can cover. Be sure to let your broker know the details of your film projects so that you have sufficient coverage.

Here are some examples that would require additional coverage: 

  • Pyrotechnics (such as the use of explosions or fire)
  • Aerial filming using helicopters, balloons or gliders
  • Animals on set
  • Weaponry used onset (such as live ammunition)
  • Water and underwater scenes
What’s the difference between short-term and long-term film insurance?

Short-term film insurance generally covers you on a per-project basis. This type of insurance is helpful if you’re creating a one-off production or occasionally filming rather than consistently. Meanwhile, long-term film insurance is better if you shoot films frequently at multiple locations and require coverage on an annual basis rather than by the project.

Will film production insurance provide coverage on different sets or locations?

Yes. Film production insurance includes liability and property coverage wherever you are working in Canada. Therefore, it’s vital to tell your broker where the film locations are to ensure you’re adequately covered.

Does my insurance cover soap products sold on third-party marketplaces?

Yes, absolutely. Your Soap Maker Insurance can cover your business should you sell soaps in-person, on your own website, or on third-party websites (e.g. Amazon, Etsy).

Will Soap Makers Insurance cover other products that I sell?

Yes, other products may be covered under your Soap Maker Insurance policy. Soap-related products could include lotions, cleansers, lip balms or everyday skin-care products. To ensure you are adequately covered, be sure to mention your entire product to your broker.

Do I still need insurance if I just teach soap making?

Yes, you will still require insurance, but some of the insurance policies will differ from those listed above (as Product Liability coverage is for selling/producing soap products). As for soap-making instructors, we recommend including Errors and Omissions Insurance as your business provides a service.

Will Amazon sellers insurance cover me for all the products I sell on the Amazon Marketplace?

Yes. A customized Amazon sellers insurance package from Zensurance is designed to cover the products you sell, design, manufacture, or distribute to consumers, whether a private label seller or a professional seller. Amazon sellers insurance protects you and your business from unforeseen circumstances, including legal fees and settlements and third-party property damage and third-party bodily injury claims.

How much insurance coverage do I need to sell products on Amazon?

Amazon requires all sellers to carry liability insurance if they earn $10,000 in monthly sales with a policy that has at least $1 million of coverage per occurrence and in aggregate. Speak to one of our knowledgeable brokers if you have any questions.

What is a ‘Certificate of Insurance’ for vendors?

A Certificate of Insurance is a document that provides evidence of active insurance coverages and the limits. These certificates help event organizers quickly confirm that a vendor is compliant with the event’s insurance requirements.

Does my Vendor Insurance policy cover multiple locations and venues?

Yes. Vendor Insurance will cover your business wherever you operate in Canada.

How much Vendor Liability Insurance do I need?

Most venues require vendors to hold Liability Insurance, but the minimum coverage limits vary. You need to protect your business against the risks that you wouldn’t be able to afford out of pocket, so it’s strongly recommended to focus on the coverage you need rather than the amount of coverage that’s mandatory.

Is Contractor Tool Cover Insurance worth it?

Yes – Chances are, all of your projects rely on specific tools and equipment to get the job done. There’s always a risk that an item could be damaged, lost, or stolen even with every precaution taken. It’s necessary to safeguard essential equipment with tool cover insurance to prevent a costly replacement and a delayed project.

Can I purchase a standalone Tools and Equipment Insurance policy?

Yes, you can, but typically, Tools and Equipment Insurance is part of a policy package to ensure your business is covered for other business risks. Other coverages frequently purchased with  Tools and Equipment Insurance are; Commercial General Liability, Professional Liability Insurance, and Professional Liability. 

What is the difference between Commercial Property Insurance and Tool Insurance?

Commercial Property Insurance covers commercial property (owned or leased), and the physical contents within that property should it be damaged or lost due to an event such as fire, theft, or vandalism.

Tool and Equipment insurance offers similar property coverage, but it’s explicitly intended for construction and trade contractors looking to protect their tools and equipment often used in different locations.

Do I have to get liability insurance from a physiotherapy association?

No, it’s not mandatory to purchase insurance through an association. Organizations such as the Canadian Physiotherapy Association offer support for physiotherapists and often include some insurance as part of their membership package. It’s a good idea to shop around for insurance and see if other coverage is more suitable for your business.

What is the required insurance coverage limit for physiotherapists?

Each Canadian province requires a different amount of coverage, with many provinces requiring a minimum of $5,000,000 in Liability Insurance (also known as Medical Malpractice Insurance). As a minimum limit, this amount may not be sufficient, depending on the size of your business. To ensure you’re adequately covered, work with an insurance broker on determining the right amount of coverage.

Does Physiotherapy Insurance cover my clinic?

Yes, whether you own your clinic or rent, your clinic and employees can be covered by Physiotherapy Insurance. There are two coverages to consider. Firstly, Commercial General Liability Insurance can protect your clinic from third-party risks during day-to-day business operations, such as accidental injury. Secondly, Commercial Property Insurance can protect your physiotherapy clinic and the contents you own should an insured event occur, such as a fire, theft, flood or vandalism.

What types of drones can you cover?

We can provide coverage for commercial drones used for things like photography, video or inspection purposes. Unfortunately, we can not cover personal or recreational drones or drones used for delivery or cargo.

Does my drone liability insurance cover all of the areas that I fly?

Your drone liability insurance coverage will not cover all locations due to the risks involved. Be sure to specify the areas you’ll require coverage with your broker to ensure you’re covered adequately.

Do I need separate liability insurance for my drone?

Yes. Most general liability policies exclude coverage for aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like drones. You need drone liability insurance as additional coverage for your business for a UAV.

Are insurance coverages the same for home office vs. commercial office?

In short, yes – you’d be covered for third-party liability and business-owned property – but you may require less coverage for certain aspects. Some home-based business owners assume their home insurance can protect their business activities. In reality, many homeowner’s policies exclude business-related claims or do not have adequate coverage, so it’s crucial to have business-specific coverage for your home office.

Does my office insurance cover employee injuries?

No, your Office Insurance policy would only cover you for bodily injury to a third party such as a customer. If you run a business in Canada, chances are you’ll need to register your business with your provincial Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and pay compensation insurance. WCB should cover an employee should they experience a work-related injury or illness.

If I’m renting an office, do I need tenant office insurance?

Yes, it’s essential to have insurance coverage even if you’re renting or leasing an office. In many cases, landlords require tenant office insurance before leasing commercial space to them.

Do Psychology Intern/Students need to carry insurance?

Yes, it’s strongly advised that students and intern psychologists carry Professional Liability Insurance. Interns are still learning, and it’s more likely to make mistakes during those developmental years. Having insurance will protect against alleged negligence and professional errors, similar to licensed psychologists.

Do I have to get insurance from a psychology association?

No, though some associations (e.g. CPA) may offer insurance policies as part of a benefit of their membership. It is advised to do your research and speak to an expert insurance broker to ensure that your specific business needs are met.

What is the minimum amount of professional liability insurance coverage psychologists need to have?

There isn’t a minimum requirement; however, it is recommended to carry at least $1 million in Professional Liability coverage. What’s important is that you’re covered for the risks that you couldn’t afford to pay out of pocket, should a lawsuit be brought against your practice.

Are Life Insurance Agents required to carry E&O insurance?

Yes, in Canada, E&O Insurance is mandatory for Life Insurance Agents. You’ll need to get E&O insurance before you can apply for your licence to sell life insurance.

What is the minimum E&O coverage requirement for Life Insurance Agents?

Provinces have different minimums for E&O coverage, so check with your broker if you need confirmation on the coverage requirements. In Ontario, for example, you must have a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence, with extended coverage for fraudulent acts.

What are the consequences of not having the required E&O insurance coverage?

If you fail to hold an active E&O insurance policy, it can result in consequences such as an administrative monetary penalty or a revocation or suspension of your licence to sell life insurance.

What are the insurance requirements for home inspectors?

Some provinces in Canada (e.g. Ontario) require home inspectors by law to carry both Errors and Omissions and Commercial General Liability Insurance. There are minimum monetary limits for both coverages, though it may be likely you’ll need higher amounts to be adequately covered. Even in provinces where it’s not mandatory to carry insurance, the risks that come with being a home inspector aren’t eliminated. Therefore, Home Inspection Insurance should be part of your risk assessment strategy wherever you live in Canada.

If I operate a home inspection company, does my policy cover my employees?

Yes, employees may be covered by your home inspection insurance policy. However, your policy limit typically applies to all employees under your policy rather than individual employees. In addition, you will have the option to increase your limit to ensure your team is adequately covered. For more information, speak with a broker about the size of your business, and they’ll help to educate you on how much insurance you’ll need.

Can a home inspector be sued?

Yes – home inspectors have a duty to perform their job to industry standards. Prospective buyers rely on the accuracy of an inspection report when putting in an offer or deciding to walk away from a purchase. If a home inspector makes errors or causes property damage, they can be found liable.

Are subcontractors covered in my Oil and Gas Insurance policy?

No, subcontractors aren’t covered, but all employees are. However, your policy limit typically applies to all employees under your policy rather than individual employees. You have the option to increase your limit to accommodate your entire staff, or, alternatively, you can ask them to carry their own Liability Insurance.

Does my insurance policy cover multiple oil and gas job sites?

Yes, your insurance policy will cover the various oil and gas sites that you are contracted to work. If you’re providing services at multiple locations, let your broker know to ensure your coverage limits are adequate.

Does Oil and Gas Consultant Insurance provide coverage for oil transportation?

Unfortunately, we do not provide insurance for any upstream production or downstream transportation of oil.  We are only able to provide insurance for Oil and Gas consultants who provide consultancy services.

Will sole proprietorship insurance cover if I get injured?

No – Sole Proprietorship Insurance only covers claims alleging third-party bodily injuries or property damages. If you or your employees get injured from a business-related incident, this will not be covered under this policy.

Does my business have to be registered to get liability insurance?

Yes – to qualify to get liability insurance, most businesses will need to be registered. However, some companies in specific industries may not need to have a license in advance. Speak with a broker to find out if your business is required to be registered.

Do I need insurance as a sole proprietorship business?

Yes – even the smallest, one-person businesses should obtain liability insurance. There are risks that all businesses face that can threaten the survival of their operations if legal matters are pursued. Therefore, insurance is essential as part of your risk management strategy.

Does my Life Coach Insurance extend coverage if I work in different provinces?

Yes, your Life Coach Insurance (i.e. Professional Liability Insurance) will cover your business activities throughout Canada.

Will Life Coach Insurance cover all different types of coaching?

Yes, Life Coach Insurance can provide coverage for all different types of personal development coaching, including, but not limited to, business coach, holistic life coach, executive coach, health coach and nutrition coach.

Does Life Coach Insurance cover employees while in training?

Yes, insurance may cover the liability of full-time employees, including apprentices in training. However, your policy limit will apply to all employees rather than each individual. To make sure you’re sufficiently covered, you have the option to increase your limit. Alternatively, you can ask employees to carry their own insurance.

Will my malpractice insurance cover me for other services that I provide?

Yes, malpractice insurance could provide coverage beyond your chiropractic services if you offer other related services. Some examples of additional services are acupuncture, massage therapy and physiotherapy. To ensure you have adequate coverage, make sure you disclose these additional services to your insurance broker.

How much malpractice insurance should a chiropractor have?

Each province requires a different minimum limit within Canada, starting about $1,000,000 in coverage limit and up to $3,000,000 for larger businesses. However, as this is a minimum limit, this amount may not be sufficient, depending on the size of your business. Work with an insurance broker to ensure your business is adequately covered.

Do I have to get chiropractor malpractice insurance from a regulatory association (e.g. CCPA)?

No, it’s not mandatory to purchase insurance through a regulatory association. Organizations such as CCPA (Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association) support chiropractic health care professionals and may include some insurance coverage as part of their membership package.

If I sell candles as a part-time business at home, will my home insurance cover it?

To be fully protected, you’ll likely need commercial property and product liability insurance. Your home insurance won’t cover you for product-based risks, which is a core liability when selling candles. Also, your home insurance may cover some business property stored at your home, but this may not extend to specialized equipment or merchandise.

Will my insurance premium rise if I sell candles with wicks?

Selling candles with wicks or any other ignitible candle-related product can increase the likelihood of specific risks such as a fire. There is a chance you may have a higher premium than someone who solely sells flameless candles (e.g. wax melts). That said, many other factors are taken into consideration when calculating the total cost of your Candle Maker Insurance policy.

Should I still get insurance if I sell candles online on third-party marketplaces? (e.g, Etsy, Amazon)

Yes – regardless of whether you have a store full of candles or sell candles through an online marketplace, you’re liable for the same risks as if you sold directly to customers without a third party. Our insurance policies consider your specific business requirements, so you’ll be covered for what you need and nothing you don’t.

 

 

Will my insurance policy cover all phases of the engineering project?

Yes. While you (or one of your employees) are working on the project, you will be covered by your insurance policy.  However, it is best to discuss with your broker the specific details of the different phases of your engineering project.

Does my policy cover engineers in training?

Yes.  Engineers-in-training would also be covered under your policy. Please note, your policy limit typically applies to all employees under your policy rather than each individual employee. You can increase your limit, or ask employees to hold their own coverage.

Does Engineering Insurance cover all types of engineers?

Yes.  Engineering Insurance combines several insurance policies to provide comprehensive coverage that’s right for your business. Our brokers will work with you to understand your unique risks. This will ensure you’re covered for what you need and you’re not paying for policies that don’t apply to your business. 

If I sell roof shingles to my clients, will this be covered in my roofing insurance policy?

If you sell any products as an extension to your general roofing services, then adding a Product Liability Insurance policy is recommended. Product Liability Insurance provides financial coverage for third-party property damages or injury resulting from the product you sold.

Is roofing insurance legally required by law?

No, roofing contractors are not legally obligated to carry insurance to operate their business in Canada. However, most property owners will expect contractors to have a general liability insurance policy before hiring for the project.

Does my insurance policy cover multiple properties that I manage?

Yes, your insurance policy will typically extend coverage to multiple properties managed by your business. However, you will need to disclose this information to your insurance broker, as it will be factored into your insurance premium. 

Can I purchase a standalone Legal Expense policy?

Legal Expense Insurance is a standalone policy designed to help business owners navigate legal situations. When used in conjunction with Directors & Officers Insurance, Errors & Omissions Insurance, and Commercial General Liability Insurance provides comprehensive legal support should your business be named in a lawsuit.

Who do I call to obtain legal advice?

Legal expense policyholders will have a phone number listed within the insurance documents that will direct them to the proper legal team for assistance.

Is Legal Expense Insurance mandatory?

Legal Expense Insurance is not mandatory to operate your business, but as a busy business owner, it could save you a tremendous amount of time and financial resources in the event that you require legal assistance.

What is the difference between property Insurance and builder’s risk insurance?

Builder’s Risk Insurance is a special type of Property Insurance covering you for the duration of your new build or renovation project. It may protect buildings under construction, materials on-site, and liability in the event of loss or damage due to external causes such as fire, wind, vandalism, explosion, and slip and falls.

Does Commercial Property Insurance cover vacant properties?

Non-residential property is considered vacant after 30 days and seen as high-risk. When your property is vacant or unoccupied for a prolonged period, it is more susceptible to property damages, such as theft and vandalism, which may affect how your insurer would handle a claim. As a result, your insurer may remove some key coverages from your policy (e.g., vandalism-related property damages) after 30 days of being vacant.  Please speak to our brokers to better understand the restrictions around commercial property vacancy.

What is the difference between All-Risk and Named Peril insurance coverage?

As the name suggests, All-Risk insurance coverage covers all losses unless otherwise specified. Named Peril policies only cover risks listed explicitly in the policy, with all others assumed to be excluded. You can add additional coverage to your policy as a rider in both cases.

Who is considered third-party?

As a business owner, if you come into contact with any third parties, including clients, vendors, and other businesses, who may be involved in an accident or claim your business caused them loss or damage. This definition of a third party does not include your employees or sub-contractors for coverage purposes. 

What is Errors and Omissions Insurance?

Errors and Omissions Insurance (E&O), also referred to as Professional Liability Insurance, provides financial protection for professionals against claims and lawsuits alleging negligence or failure to deliver a service or product as promised.

How is a business interruption claim calculated?

Different types of Business Interruption coverage will determine how payout is calculated. Most policies cover reimbursement for profits your business would have earned based on the prior month’s performance, in addition to extra expenses beyond fixed costs. Employee wages, taxes, and loan payments may also be taken into account.

Can you get Business Interruption Insurance as a standalone policy?

Business Interruption Insurance is typically included in a commercial property insurance policy or business owner’s policy (BOP). You can add it to an existing policy as a rider.

Does Business Interruption Insurance cover pandemic (e.g., COVID-19) related closures?

Standard business interruption insurance provides coverage for damages sustained due to direct physical loss or damage, such as a fire. Unfortunately, it will not cover income lost or barriers to trade and travel due to a pandemic, infectious disease, or government-mandated closure.

What type of insurance coverage does an on-site private tutor need?

Tutors providing services in a client’s home or a learning pod environment require additional coverage to protect themselves against claims or lawsuits alleging negligence or property damage. The most common coverages for tutors working on-site are:

 

Does tutor insurance cover learning pods?

Yes, tutor insurance provides coverage for tutors offering private/semi-private education in learning pods and micro-schools.

 

Do non-profit Directors and Officers have the same responsibilities as corporate board members?

Yes, both corporate and non-profit board and advisory members are required to exercise their fiduciary duties in the best interest of the business or organization. Board members have a responsibility to uphold the three levels of fiduciary duty: duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of obedience. While a shield law may protect a board or advisory group, individual members can be held personally liable for breach of these duties in both corporate and nonprofit settings.

What is the difference between public liability insurance and general liability insurance?

The primary difference between Public Liability Insurance and Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance is the risks they cover. Public Liability Insurance provides financial coverage against the public’s claims against your business for personal injury or property damage. CGL is a more accessible form of insurance that provides a more extensive range, covering personal and advertising injuries and everything public liability covers.

Does Non-Profit Insurance cover volunteers?

Not all non-profit insurance policies automatically include coverage for volunteers. The level of risk varies across roles (i.e. administrative vs. frontline) and may require different coverage levels. Review your policy with a broker to understand whether or not your coverage extends to those donating their time to your organization.

What is the cancellation policy?

Many policies can be canceled with a small early cancellation fee. Though some policies (typically those under $500) are non-refundable. Your policy document will have full details. Note that once you cancel your policy, you may no longer have coverage against any potential claims.

There are a few things to pay attention to regarding early cancellations of your policy.

1. Minimum retained. This is the minimum amount you owe, regardless of when you cancel. This is usually 20-40% of the total policy premium, which represents something like 3-4 months out of the year. So if you have a $1,000 policy, and the minimum retained is 25%, you owe $250 even if you cancel 1 day after the policy was issued. Check your policy document for your minimum retained amount.

2. Fees. Any fees charged along with your policy are almost always non-refundable. So you don’t get any of this back if you cancel early.

3. Short rate calculation. This is fee is charged by the insurance company in case you cancel your policy before the end of the term. This is usually 5-10% of your premium, depending on the type of policy and the insurance company you are with.

If you would like to cancel your policy, please email us at support@zensurance.com and include the following information:

  • Your full company name
  • The date on which you wish to cancel your policy
  • The reason you need to cancel your policy

Your dedicated Account Representative will quickly determine the amount of any refund owing, and get back to you within 1-2 days. You can then decide whether you want to go ahead with the change.

Where do I go if I have a complaint?

Our goal is to provide excellent service, but we recognize that there may be occasions when you feel we could do better.

We have developed a formal complaint* handling protocol in accordance with the Insurance Companies Act of Canada to ensure your concerns are addressed expeditiously by us.

If you wish to file a complaint, please visit our Complaints Procedure page, which outlines the full process and requirements.

Which online platforms are covered by Telehealth Insurance?

Telehealth Insurance provides coverage for healthcare practitioners using any platform allowing for private online video, voice calls, or online chat, such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, VSee, etc.

Does my current insurance cover interruption due to COVID-19?

Standard business interruption insurance will not cover income lost or barriers to trade and/or travel due to COVID-19.

Is there any insurance I can purchase to cover potential loss due to COVID-19?

Unfortunately, there are no available insurance policies that could provide protection against COVID-19. Insurance is designed to protect you against unknown causes, unfortunately, COVID-19 is something that is known to exist and is the cause of many disruptions.

Does business insurance cover personal use?

Generally speaking, business insurance does not cover personal use, meaning you cannot replace home insurance with business insurance. However, there are exceptions. If you operate your business from home, you can protect this space with business property insurance. If you use your vehicle for business purposes, it may be covered under your commercial auto insurance policy. However, home insurance does not typically cover the physical assets associated with your business, such as stock or inventory, or liability issues that occur in your homes, such as a slip and fall injury. It can be confusing, which is why we recommend speaking with a broker to understand the limitations and restrictions of your business insurance policy.

To protect both your home and business, consider keeping business separate from your personal life by protecting your assets with a business insurance policy and home insurance policy.

What are the most common coverage that I should opt to include by business insurance policy?
Coverage requirements may differ for different industries. The most basic insurance policy that is applicable to almost all businesses is commercial general liability, which provides protection from third-party related risks. If you provide a service or advice, consider adding professional liability insurance to your policy. If you own expensive equipment and assets, consider contents coverage and equipment breakdown coverage. Legal expenses coverage may also come in handy if you require legal counsel or defense.
Does my homeowner’s policy cover disasters that occur due to business equipment failure?
Most homeowner’s policies do not cover any damages to your home that result from business-related activity and property, but go over your policy to ensure that it’s the case for you. For example, if you run a catering business and one of your equipment caused a fire to start at your property, any resulting damages may not be covered by your home insurance policy.
What is the difference between General Liability Insurance and Home Based Business Insurance?
General liability insurance is a specific insurance policy that covers injury and damage to third-parties, while home-based business insurance is an umbrella term that may include several different insurance policies such as general liability, professional liability, legal expense, contents coverage, etc, bundled into a package specially curated for businesses that operate out of the owner’s home.
Do I need a builders risk policy if I already have contractors insurance?

Yes. A typical contractor’s insurance policy does not cover buildings under construction. It is essential to cover your building and liability while the project is in process.

Is Product Liability Insurance legally mandatory for retail and e-commerce stores?
In most industries, product liability insurance is not mandatory, however, it is strongly recommended, especially if you sell items that could easily result in claims. For example, food items may lead to food poisoning. Clothing items may also lead to skin reactions.
Does Product Liability Coverage cover damages to my stock and inventory?
No. All forms of liability insurance only cover damages to a third-party. Injuries to you and your employees, and damages to your assets, including stock and inventory, are not covered under Product Liability Insurance.
What is the difference between Product Liability Insurance and General Liability Insurance?
General Liability Insurance provides protection in a wide range of cases where a third-party suffers injury or property damage either on your premises, or you or your employees cause damages on the third-party’s premises. Product liability only extends as far as such damages being caused by a product that you sold or manufactured. For example, if a customer were to be injured due to a slip n’ fall at your store, any subsequent insurance claim may be covered by general liability but not product liability.
What sort of equipment requires equipment breakdown insurance?

Equipment breakdown insurance applies to a broad range of machinery and equipment crucial to your business operations. It provides financial support for your equipment that malfunctions because of electrical or mechanical damage. That may include machinery such as air conditioning and refrigeration, boiler and pressure vessels, computers, production systems, and renewable and alternative energy equipment.

Do I need equipment breakdown coverage if I already have warranty on my equipment?

Review your warranty policy carefully. Whether your equipment came with a warranty when you purchased it or if you had to buy the warranty protection as an add-on, there are specific conditions under which a warranty will apply. For example, warranties often do not cover operator error, so if any damage to your equipment were caused due to the mistakes of an inexperienced employee, it would probably not be covered by your warranty.

Is there a difference between equipment breakdown coverage and contents coverage?

Yes. Content coverage will protect your property, including premises, equipment, machinery, and computers in cases of damage due to external factors such as fire, flood, water damage or weather-related events. Unfortunately, any spontaneous electrical or mechanical breakdowns or those caused by operator error will not be protected by your content coverage. An equipment breakdown policy, however, may protect you in such cases.

Do I need malpractice insurance in addition to professional indemnity insurance?

Malpractice insurance and professional indemnity insurance provide the same coverage. In some industries, such as law and medical services, malpractice insurance is a more common term than professional indemnity coverage. Regardless of what you call it, professional indemnity/malpractice insurance is essential for any business that provides a service or advice.

Does professional indemnity insurance also provide coverage for professional tools I use for work?

No. Professional Indemnity only covers losses to third parties caused by errors or omissions in your advice or service. Professional Indemnity Insurance will not cover tools or equipment you use for work. If your business utilizes expensive tools and equipment, consider adding Tools and Equipment Coverage to your business insurance policy.

What is the difference between professional indemnity insurance and professional liability insurance?
There is no difference between the two in Canada; however, Professional Indemnity Insurance is a term that is more popular overseas. In Canada, the same coverage is provided by professional liability, also often referred to as errors and omissions insurance or E&O. In some industries, such as medical services and law, it is also referred to as Malpractice Insurance.
Does Public Liability provide coverage for damage to my business’s property?

No, Public Liability Insurance is designed to protect you in claims from third-party injuries or property damage. Your property is not covered under this policy. If you own expensive property and equipment and require coverage, discuss with your broker to get Contents Coverage or Equipment Breakdown Coverage.

Does Public Liability provide coverage for errors and omissions?

No, Public Liability Insurance only provides coverage for accidental injuries and property damage to third parties. Errors and omissions in service are covered under a separate policy called Professional Liability Insurance, often referred to as Errors and Omissions Insurance. If a client were to be injured due to a service you provided, you would require Professional Liability Insurance to cover you in such a scenario.

What is the difference between Public liability and Commercial General Liability?

There is no difference between the two in Canada. Public Liability Insurance is a term that is more popular in other countries, especially in the UK and US. In Canada, the same coverage is provided by Commercial General Liability, often simply referred to as General Liability Insurance, CGL, or Liability Insurance.

Do I need salon booth rental insurance if I am renting a chair?

You may need it because it’s possible that the salon where you are renting your chair doesn’t cover independent contractors under its policy. Check in with the salon owner to understand what coverages you are provided under their insurance policy. You can also discuss with your broker what amendments should be made to your policy to fit your specific insurance needs.

What is the difference between hair salon liability insurance and professional liability insurance?

Professional liability insurance is a type of insurance policy designed to protect professionals who provide a service, in the event of errors or omissions in their service that harm their clients. Hair salon liability insurance (hairdresser insurance in short) is an insurance package designed to protect hair salons and hair stylists against common risks they face, and bundled in that package will be professional liability coverage, general liability coverage, contents coverage, if these are all requested by the salon owner/hair stylist. Amendments can be made if required by simply contacting your assigned broker.

How much does hair stylist insurance cost?

The cost of your hairstylist insurance policy will depend on a few different factors, such as whether you own a hair salon or only rent a chair, whether you travel to clients’ houses, how much revenue you made in the previous year, how much revenue you expect to make this year, security measures in place, and a few other simple questions related to your business.

Am I legally required to obtain Tenant Liability Insurance?

Although you are not legally required to obtain Tenant Liability Insurance, it is common practice for landlords to require their tenants to have insurance coverage before leasing to them. In most cases, tenants are asked to get insured before signing a lease.

Does my Commercial Tenant Insurance policy cover my company’s property and equipment (computers, furniture, etc)?

Coverage for your company’s assets and equipment is not provided under a Commercial Tenant Insurance policy. The policy is designed to cover a tenant’s legal liability towards the landlord or other third party. To protect your property and equipment, make sure you add Commercial Property Insurance to your policy.

Is Commercial Tenant Liability Insurance the same as Commercial General Liability Insurance?

Commercial General Liability Insurance is a general policy that applies to all sorts of businesses (not just companies in leased spaces). It provides coverage for bodily injuries or property damage to third parties for which the business can be held liable. Commercial Tenant Liability Insurance provides similar coverage, but it is specifically designed to cover a tenant’s legal liability towards the landlord in injury or property damage cases.

What is the difference between Technology Insurance and Tech E&O Insurance?

Technology and Startup Insurance is a specialized policy for technology companies (e.g. Software Developers, IT Staffing, SaaS providers, E-commerce) that includes coverages specially curated to protect technology companies from the unique risks they face. Tech E&O is a coverage that’s usually included within Technology and Startup Insurance.

Are Legal Expenses covered under my Technology Insurance policy?

You may choose to add Legal Expense coverage to your Technology Insurance policy (and we recommend that you do). Legal Expense coverage provides access to a lawyer for immediate legal advice on any business-related matter and coverage for legal expenses for the following: Contract Disputes, Employment Disputes, Criminal Defence, Property Disputes, Personal Injury, and Tax Disputes.

Is Technology Insurance the same as Cyber Liability Insurance?

Technology Insurance could broadly include several different insurance policies, including Cyber Insurance. Cyber Liability insurance provides coverage for damages due to electronic incidents. It is usually included in a Technology Insurance policy alongside additional coverages such as general liability, professional liability, legal expense insurance, etc.

Is Architect Insurance mandatory for architects before signing contracts?

Architect Insurance is not required by law, but it is difficult to land any sizeable project without having an insurance policy in place. If there is an error in a project designed by you, it can become extremely costly if the error is discovered once construction is underway. For this reason, project managers and builders are usually very careful about only working with architects who already have Architect Insurance.

Can an architect be liable for projects completed in the past?

Yes. Design errors in a project can be discovered years after the project is completed, and if you are the architect who designed the project, approved the design, or agreed to the substitution of products that turned out to be faulty, you will be held liable for damages, even if you have retired or changed professions.

What coverages should architects have in their insurance policy?

The most basic policy recommended for any business is General Liability. It protects a business from claims of bodily injury or property damage to a third-party. For Architects, it is also recommended to add Errors and Omissions coverage to their insurance policy. Errors and Omissions Insurance, also known as Professional Liability Insurance, covers errors and omissions in your services to clients that lead to financial losses for them. If you own a lot of expensive property, also add Commercial Property Insurance to your policy to protect your contents and assets.

Does General Liability Insurance protect my inventory and stock?

No, General Liability Insurance is a coverage designed to protect you from the consequences that result from bodily injuries and property damages to third-parties. Damage to your own property is not covered by General Liability Insurance. If you wish to protect your own stock and inventory from damages, add commercial property coverage to your insurance policy.

Is employee theft covered under Crime Insurance?

Yes, Crime Insurance is a coverage that may protect your business from employee theft including stolen cash and credit card forgery as well as loss of money and securities inside and outside of the premises. Regular theft is included under the property portion of a policy.

Can I have my landlord listed as additional insured?

Yes, this is a very standard requirement. Please provide us with the legal name and mailing address and we can have this added to your formal policy documents.

Do I need equipment breakdown coverage?

Yes. Equipment breakdown insurance covers your restaurant’s cost of repairing or replacing equipment and appliances due to mechanical and electrical breakdowns, including boilers, coolers, refrigerators, and HVAC systems.

Does commercial crime insurance cover employee and common theft?

Commercial crime insurance protects your business from employee theft including stolen cash and credit card forgery as well as loss of money and securities inside and outside of the premises. Regular theft, however, is covered by commercial property insurance.

Is liquor liability an important coverage for my restaurant?

Yes. If you serve alcohol at your restaurant, liquor liability coverage is essential and likely a legal requirement in your province. You can be held liable for the actions of an intoxicated customer who causes an accident, and alcohol is deemed a contributing factor.

Is legal expense insurance included in a standard media and marketing insurance policy?

No, but you can add legal expense coverage to create a comprehensive media and marketing insurance policy. Legal expense coverage provides you with financial support to consult a lawyer for advice related to your business. Standalone legal expense policies may start at $200 a year, but you may be able to get a discount if you bundle it with other policies, such as commercial general liability and E&O insurance.

What are the most common risks that media and marketing professionals face?

The most common risks that professionals in the media and marketing industry face are lawsuits that arise from copyright infringement, plagiarism, defamation, and invasion of privacy.