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Which web sites provide information about insurance?

As insurance is a significant and long-term financial commitment, it’s a good idea for purchasers to do some research before meeting with an insurance agent or purchasing any insurance product. The Internet is a good place to start, bearing in mind that many of the sites resulting from a search using the word “insurance” are sponsored by members of the insurance industry and will have their particular bias.

Insurance-Canada.ca (www.insurance-canada.ca) is a web site that is geared towards both consumers and insurance professionals. Useful features include a glossary of insurance and financial planning terms, checklists for buying various types of insurance, links to insurance quotes and actual accounts of insurance fraud.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (www.ibc.ca) is the national trade association of non-government property and casualty insurers who deal in home, automobile, business and commercial insurance.

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (www.ibac.ca) has a web site, which discusses the advantages of working with an insurance broker and how to find one in your area.

Kanetix (www.kanetix.com) bills itself as “Canada’s Insurance Marketplace” and is an interesting site, which offers users the ability to compare insurance quotes, choose the right policy and even purchase insurance online. There are topical articles on various insurance-related subjects and insurance calculators.