Liability Insurance – British Columbia

As a business owner, you know the importance of an all-encompassing business plan, including potential risks your business may face. Those risks can be unexpected and arise from accidental losses. Business liability insurance transfers those risks and provides peace of mind that your business is covered, so you’re able to focus on what’s essential to achieve the goals you’ve set for your business.

As your local insurance experts for over 40 years, we know that each business in BC is unique in its own way. From one of the many service industry businesses in the heart of Vancouver to the retail businesses in Surrey and hair salons in Abbotsford, 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 BC. And with 100 locations across the province, there’s sure to be a Westland location near you.

We understand it’s vital to protect what’s most important to you and your business. Our expert insurance advisors are here to ensure you’re protected so you can focus on nurturing your business for the future.

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We know that your business insurance needs to match your goals, your business and your budget. Our expert business insurance advisors get to know you and your business, so that they can tailor a policy to your exact needs. We’ll work with you to build a risk management solution, ensuring coverages line up with your business needs.

We understand that insurance can be complex sometimes. Let our expert insurance advisors do the heavy lifting! We’ll help you find a policy that you feel is the best fit and provides peace of mind. To learn more about the benefits of being a Westland client, click here.

Business Liability Explained

Business (Commercial) General Liability (CGL) provides coverage for liability claims arising from bodily injury and property damage to others as a result of your operations. Liability coverage responds to third party allegations and actions when claimants are seeking damages. Liability claims for bodily injury and property damage could stem from the actions of your employees, your products, your completed operations, or by something occurring on your premises. Legal liability coverage will help with the financial costs associated with defence costs as well as third-party damages which you’re deemed legally liable.

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.

Liability is one’s legal obligation to another party for alleged wrongdoing. Such liability can result from alleged damages or injury to persons or property. Whether your company has four employees or 400, every business is exposed to legal liability risk exposures. Think of it as your business’s first line of defense. Differences come into play when looking at the specific type of business, as some face different risk exposures than others. For example, a hair salon will have different risk exposures than that of a logging company. The commonality is that both need business liability coverage to be adequately protected. Legal situations can arise even if you haven’t done anything wrong. Having CGL coverage will mitigate losses resulting from a lawsuit.

CGL, short for commercial general liability, will kick in to help cover expenses such as:

  • Paying compensatory damages to third parties for which you’re legally liable for, including:
    • Lost wages of the individual who has suffered an injury and unable to work
    • Loss of use and revenue arising from loss or damage to property
    • Compensation for loss of or damage to property
  • Legal defence costs for claims brought against your business, regardless of fault
  • Medical expenses if someone is injured on your premises or from your product

We know that every business is different, which means your risk will vary compared to neighboring companies.  Three factors will help determine what level of coverage is needed. These are perceived risk, type of business, and premises/operations liability.

Regardless of industry, business type, or earnings, all businesses are at risk of causing damage or injury to others. Legal fees and court awards are expensive, and just one incident could impact the future viability of your business. As a business owner, your risks must be well covered off with the financial support of the right insurance policy.

We can help with your auto insurance needs too! Connect with us today to ensure you’re covered out on the road.

How Much Does Business Liability Insurance Cost in BC?

Just as businesses differ across British Columbia, so do the risks and exposures which impact the cost. The following factors will impact the cost of your business liability coverage:

  • Industry
  • Claims History
  • Number of Employees
  • Revenue
  • Exposure to Risk
  • Location of Business

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Claims Example

Liability claims can range from slip and falls on your property to contractors leaving hazards on a job site. For example, you own a restaurant, and a patron suffers injuries when they fall due to a broken chair. The right business insurance policy will help mitigate these risks and get you back to your normal as quickly as possible.

Our goal is to find the best coverage for your business so you can focus on what’s important. To learn more about being a Westland client, click here.

10 BC Business Facts

  1. British Columbia has a solid small business sector, with 98% of all businesses in the province and over one million people employed.
  2. British Columbia is one of the top 3 producing regions of cranberries and blueberries in the world.
  3. BC ranks first in the country for small businesses (per capita), with 84.2 businesses per 1,000 people.
  4. Over 38% of self-employed BC residents are women, making BC the second-highest rate of women-led businesses in the country.
  5. The primary industry in BC is the service industry, accounting for more than 75% of the province’s GDP.
  6. In Vancouver alone, there are approximately 79,989 businesses.
  7. BC’s forest industry contributes about $12.9 billion to the provincial GDP every year.
  8. The film industry in BC employs over 70,000 people.
  9. Fan of seafood? BC is the place for you, exporting salmon, crab, shrimp, you name it!
  10. British Columbia is one of the most popular wine regions on the continent.
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