Insurers welcome the awarding of Fort McMurray wildfire debris removal contract to a local firm

EDMONTON, July 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Following a well-run competitive bidding process, Fort McMurray #468 First Nation has been selected by Specialized Property Evaluation Control Services Ltd. (SPECS) to carry out the coordinated demolition and debris removal initiative following the Fort McMurray wildfire.

"This is an important component of the recovery and rebuilding process, and insurers look forward to working with residents, the selected general contractor, Fort McMurray First Nation, and other contractors, which homeowners may choose in facilitating the timely and cost effective removal of debris," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC.  "As the trade association representing insurers, IBC also looks forward to continuing to work with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and local stakeholders throughout the recovery and rebuilding process."

As local residents continue to work with their insurers through the claims process, it is likely that they will continue to have questions. Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance representative or call IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.  

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If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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