Wawanesa cancels home insurance because of foster kids

A Montreal family says it is outraged that Wawanesa is cancelling its home insurance because of its decision to foster children.

When the family updated its home insurance policy it advised Wawanesa of five new foster kids in the house.

Shortly after, it received a letter saying its contract would be terminated as of July.

“My husband called them and they told him they would not keep our contract with us because the children are high risk,” the mother, who asked not to be named to protect her children, said.

“These children already have a rough life as it is and for them to cancel insurance because they’ve been labelled as foster kids, it’s not fair to the kids or the families helping them out,” she continued.

Wawanesa refused to comment on the case but told CJAD News that the policy on foster children has been in place for the last 30 years and provides coverage for families with 2 foster children or less.

The family says it plans on retaliating.

“We are furious, we have our car insurance with them also and we’ll be cancelling.  They were disappointed because we’ve been a client for 15 years, and we’ve been a good client.”

The Insurance Bureau of Canada said it can help foster families find insurance, but it rarely receives the request.

But the family says it’s shopping around for a new insurance company and Belair Direct has refused to cover the home as well.

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  1. Paul Robinson posted on 06/19/2014 07:13 PM
    Desjardins covered us throughout our years of Foster Care. Your DPJ should have a liability insurance coverage for you, that most insurance companies have required for the past 15 or 20 years.
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