Contract Surety Insurance – Ontario

As a business owner, you may need to purchase a surety bond when entering into a contract. Suppose the unexpected happens and you’re unable to fulfill your contractual obligation. In that case, a surety bond will protect the third party from the financial impact of the inability to complete the terms of the contract. With the many unknowns of owning a business, don’t let entering a contract be one of them. As a business owner, we know that you wear many hats, so let us look after your insurance needs so you can focus on what’s most important.

As your local insurance experts, we know that each business in Ontario is unique in its own way. From long-established small contracting businesses in Barrie to construction companies that provide services from Kenora throughout Northwestern Ontario to Thunder Bay we’ve got you covered. With all it has to offer, it’s not hard to understand why so many people decide to set up shop in Ontario.

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Contract Surety Bonding Insurance Explained

A contract surety bond is a unique relationship between a contractor, project owner, and surety company, facilitated by your insurance broker. Regardless of the scope of the construction project, contract bonds ensure the obligations made as part of a construction contract will be met.

No matter the industry, our business insurance advisors can quickly determine the risks your business may face and the potential financial losses that can leave your business in a vulnerable position.

Typically, general contractors, construction companies, and government subcontractors use this type of bond when completing commercial and government real estate projects.

A contract surety bond will relieve the project owner of the risk of a financial loss if there is a failure on the contractor’s part to complete their obligations. This can be the case for many reasons, but the more common reasons are:

  • Managerial Issues
    • Inadequate job costing or project management systems
    • Changes to key personnel that impact the progress of the project
    • Changes to business strategy that impact work in progress
    • Too much growth too quickly, putting pressure on financial and human resources
    • The project was out of scope for the contractor
  • Labour & Materials Issues
    • Shortage of labour to complete the project
    • Material changes to the cost of input products due to scarcity, tariffs, etc.
    • Unrecoverable cost escalations
  • Uncontrollable Factors
    • Severe weather causing delays
    • Unexpected economic failures
    • Changes in the job site conditions
    • Death, illness or departure of key employees
    • Labour shortages or difficulties
    • Difficult contract terms or working environment

Any one of these factors can cause a delay in meeting contractual obligations within the agreed-upon scope. A contract surety bond offers financial protection for third parties for any of these types of problems that can come up.

There are two main types of surety bonds. The type of bond you require depends on your current situation, but in many cases, contractors may need all three of the following:

  • Bid Bond
    A bid bond provides your guarantee that, when bidding on a project, the bid has been submitted in good faith. It is the full intention that if your company is selected as the successful bidder, you will assure the pricing you have provided and will provide necessary performance and payment bonds when necessary.
  • Performance Bond
    A performance bond is precisely that – a guarantee that your company will perform the duties and responsibilities as outlined in the contract. If you cannot create work as described or meet timelines, your inability to perform will cost your customer money in financing, perhaps late penalties, lost revenue, and more. A performance bond gives your customer the protection they need to avoid the financial loss because of your inability to fulfill the contract.

Bond issuance is based on many factors, but in short, a good relationship between you, the contractor, the bonding company, and your insurance broker is vital to continuing with large-scale projects. Most companies will need to “prequalify” for bonding so that when the perfect job comes available, they can enter into a bid quickly with confidence in their ability to perform the work. Going through prequalification for bonding can ensure you have a complete handle on the KPI’s that drive your business forward, such as:

    • Capacity to Perform Tasks
    • Financial Strengths
    • Company History
    • Organizational Structure
    • Continuation Plans
    • References
    • Current Work In Progress
    • Good Character
    • Experience in Matching Contract Obligations
    • Financial Stability
    • Good Credit History
    • Solid Banking Relationship
    • Line of Credit
    • Has Equipment & Resources to Carry Out the Contract

How Much Do Contract Surety Bonds Cost in Ontario?

Just as businesses differ across Ontario, so do the risks and exposures which impact the cost. The following factors will impact the cost of your contract surety and bond coverage:

  • Location
  • Duration of Project
  • Type of Work Type of Bonds Required
  • Percentage of Contract Amount (Bond Amount)
  • Annual Fees
  • Project Maintenance Period
  • Surety Rates Established

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