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Insurance for Surety Bonds

In its most simple form, a Surety bond protects the one party (obligee) against losses, up to the limit of the bond, that results from another party’s (principal) failure to perform its obligation or undertaking. It is different from regular insurance in that a loss paid under a surety bond is fully recoverable from the principal.

Whether you are looking for a surety bond for a traditional construction project or pursuing an alternative to a bank letter of credit, we can customize a solution to help guarantee the performance on your program. Through our strong relationships with local, Canadian insurance companies, our network of offices has access to a number of Surety experts who can assist you in finding the most appropriate bond for your project.

Types of Surety Bonds

The two most common forms of surety are contract surety and commercial surety.

Contract Surety

These bonds are used primarily in the construction industry. They protect the owner (obligee) from financial loss in the event that the contractor (principal) fails to fulfill the terms and conditions of their contract. The obligee is protected against a contractor’s inability to complete a job. Contract bonds come in the form of bid bonds, performance/labour payment bonds, supply bonds, or advance payment bonds.

Commercial Surety

These bonds satisfy the security requirements of public, legal and government entities and protect against financial risk. They typically guarantee that the business or individual will comply with all required legal obligations. Commercial bonds come in the form of court/judicial bonds and license/permit bonds.

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Key Benefits of Surety Bond Insurance

Surety bond insurance is an essential tool for businesses and individuals, providing them with valuable financial protection and peace of mind. It ensures compliance with regulations and legal requirements, which is particularly important for industries such as construction, transportation, and finance. Here are some of the key benefits of having surety bond insurance:

Ensures compliance with regulations and legal requirements
Increases credibility and trust with clients and partners
Offers access to better rates and terms on loans and other financial products
Helps mitigate project and construction risks
Helps businesses manage risks and improve overall financial stability
Enhances business reputation and professionalism

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Frequently asked Questions

What is a surety bond?

A surety bond is a three-party agreement that ensures the fulfillment of a contractual obligation between the obligee and the principal, backed by a third-party surety company.

What happens if the principal fails to fulfill their obligation?

If the principal fails to fulfill their obligation, the surety company steps in and pays the damages up to the bond amount. The principal then has to reimburse the surety company for the payment made.

How much does a surety bond cost in British Columbia?

The cost of a surety bond depends on various factors, such as the type of bond, bond amount, the risk associated with the obligation, and the creditworthiness of the principal.

What is the difference between a surety bond and insurance?

Insurance covers potential future losses, while surety bonds ensure that obligations are fulfilled. In other words, insurance protects against unexpected losses, while surety bonds protect against non-performance.

How long does it take to get a surety bond?

The processing time for a surety bond application varies depending on the type of bond, the obligee's requirements, and the complexity of the obligation. Generally, it takes a few days to a week to get a surety bond.

Who needs a surety bond?

Surety bonds are often required by contractors, government agencies, and individuals who want to ensure the fulfillment of obligations or compliance with regulations.

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