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Province Willing To Change Legislation To Help With Wildfire Insurance Claims

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Province Willing To Change Legislation To Help With Wildfire Insurance Claims

An extension will be given to all people affected by the wildfire who missed the two-year insurance claim deadline.

That message coming from the provincial government who is prepared to help residents get an additional year to file their claims.

It was announced last week that the majority of companies are granting voluntary extensions.

Of the roughly 900 that are still opened, around 85 per cent have been given additional time.

Minister of Finance Joe Ceci tells Mix News there are certain reasons why some extensions haven’t been granted.

“Part of the reason is they haven’t been able to reach the 15 per cent or the people are having some extraordinary difficulties making decisions to deal with the companies to close their claims.”

Ceci says the province is also willing to amend the current legislation if a company refuses.

“We want to make sure that no resident is left behind, that’s our top priority. Should we find that there are some issues or problems with some people not getting extensions, we will look at all our options and we’re prepared to amend if possible.”

People still struggling can still reach out to the Superintendent of Insurance.

Around 97 per cent of claims have already been settled.

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