- Filing Your Claim
- Alberta Claimants - Loss occurring outside of Canada
- Preparing For The Adjuster's Contact
- Property Loss
- Customer Satisfaction
- Settling Your Claim
- Glossary of Insurance Terms
This information is intended as a general reference only. You should thoroughly review your policy so that you are aware of specific definitions and conditions that apply to the insurance coverage you purchased.
Insurance policies are contracts between you and your insurance company. You should understand the policy before a loss occurs. Review your policy with your insurance broker so you'll know what's covered.
Filing Your Claim
- Contact your Broker about your loss. If the loss or damage is not an emergency you may contact your Broker on the next business day. If the loss or damage is an emergency, you may contact your broker or the nearest Wawanesa office to report your claim. After Hours Claim Emergency Number.
- Report any burglary or theft to police. In many areas all personal injury automobile accidents and all accidents resulting in property damage in excess of a certain dollar amount must be reported to the police.
- In the event of an accident, phone your Wawanesa Broker immediately, regardless of who may have caused the accident. Ask questions such as "What coverage do I have?" "How long does the claim process usually take?" Who is responsible to obtain damage estimates?" "Does my claim exceed my deductible?"
- As soon as it is safe to do so, make temporary repairs and take other steps to protect your property from further damage. Save receipts for what you spend and submit them to us for consideration. Remember that payments for temporary repairs are part of the total settlement.
- You may be required to submit various forms or documents in support of your insurance claim. Examples are: "proof of loss" forms; medical invoices; repair bills and a copy of the police report. Your insurance broker or the adjuster will help explain what is needed. Return the properly completed forms as soon as possible.
- Let us know where you can be reached.
- Maintain records of your expenses and copies of your paper work. Also retain copies of whatever documents and correspondence we provide to you.
Alberta Claimants - Loss occurring outside of Canada
In order to serve you better when a loss occurs outside of Canada, we may use service providers situated in the area where the loss occurred. The service provider(s) will send a letter to you by way of introduction. Contractual measures are used to ensure the service provider(s) adhere(s) to Wawanesa's personal information policies and practices. The service provider(s) may require your consent to use your personal information for claim related purposes. Questions regarding our personal information policies and practices may be directed to Claims Manager, Northern Alberta Region or Claims Manager, Southern Alberta Region.
Preparing For The Adjuster's Contact
The claims process may begin in one of three ways:
- An adjuster may
contact you by telephone to obtain specific
details and provide instructions.
- We may send you a
claim form, known as a "proof of loss"
form, to complete.
- An adjuster may visit your home before you're asked to fill out any forms.
- Do not dispose of
damaged items. The adjuster may want to see them.
Make detailed lists, room by room, of all damaged
items identifying brand names and model numbers.
Identify where and when you bought the item and
its original purchase price. If in doubt, ask the
adjuster and he or she will provide assistance.
- If it is safe to do
so, take a good look around your property and
make a note of any structural damage. Don't
forget to look at all structures on the property
such as sheds, fences, garage, etc.
- If you suspect
damage, even though there are no outward signs of
it, the adjuster may recommend hiring experts
such as a structural engineer to carry out a
further detailed inspection.
- You should obtain
detailed written repair estimates from reliable,
licensed and bonded contractors. The estimate
should clearly detail what labour and material
- There can be times
when your home sustains substantial damage to the
point where you must move out while repairs are
being made. If this happens, save receipts from
any additional living expenses you incur while
away from your home. Your policy only considers
those expenses over and above your normal
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company ("Wawanesa") is committed to providing superior products and service for our customers. Following the steps as outlined here will ensure you receive a timely, fair and professional response to any complaints. For matters involving privacy you have additional options outlined under the Privacy Concerns section below.
Step 1:Contact Your Independent Broker
Most issues can be resolved by contacting your Independent Broker. Your broker can provide information and assist in having your concern addressed.
Your Customer Service Representative can provide information and assist in having your concern addressed.
If your concern involves a claim, contacting your Claims Adjuster directly will resolve most issues.
Step 2:Contact a Supervisor
If a resolution is not reached with the assistance of your Broker, a CSR, or
Claims Adjuster, ask to be directed to the appropriate Supervisor at the Regional Branch or Service Office.
Step 3:Contact a Department Manager
If a resolution is not reached with the assistance of your Broker, a CSR, Claims Adjuster, and Supervisor, ask to be directed to the appropriate Department Manager.
Step 4:Contact Wawanesa's Regional Ombudsperson
If we still have not reached a resolution,
please contact Wawanesa's Regional Ombudsperson by mail www.wawanesa.com or by email at:
British Columbia Region:     firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Alberta Region:    email@example.com
Northern Alberta Region:     firstname.lastname@example.org
Prairie Region:                   email@example.com
Winnipeg Region:               firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario Region:                  email@example.com
Quebec Region:                 firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlantic Region:                 email@example.com
Step 5:External Agencies
If your concern has not been resolved, the next step is to seek assistance from an external agency. We have included links to some of those organizations.
For insurance related concerns outside Quebec:
General Insurance OmbudService (GIO)  Or  Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)
www.giocanada.org                                           www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca >
For insurance related concerns in Quebec:
Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)
Wawanesa has procedures in place to address any question or concern related to personal information and privacy protection. If you have a concern, please follow Steps 1, 2 and 3, as noted above. If that does not resolve your concern then you can contact the Vice President at the Regional Branch involved directly. In the event this does not resolve your concern then your privacy issues can be brought to the attention of:
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary,
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Winnipeg MB R3C 3P1
External to Wawanesa, you can contact the appropriate public official designated in the relevant provincial legislation
or if none, The Privacy Commissioner of Canada. www.privcom.gc.ca
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
All Other Provinces & Territories
Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Please note that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner does not process complaints via e-mail. Please submit your complaint by mail.
Settling Your Claim
Once we agree on the terms of the settlement, payment will be sent promptly.