York Fire & Casualty adds Surety Lines

Mississauga, ON – April 2, 2009 – York Fire & Casualty (York) today announced its launch of a new Surety Lines department. Canadian owned and operated, York is uniquely positioned to provide Contract, Materials and Supply Bonds, Credit Insurance, Financial Solutions for Contractual Holdbacks, Project Monitoring & Cost Control Management and Warranty Programs.

York has added industry veteran Neville Harriman to its executive team as Senior Director, Surety Business Development. Mr. Harriman brings to this position over 30 years experience in the general insurance industry. York’s surety operations will be based out of the head office location in Mississauga.

“York will provide local underwriting and service, drawing on support from the extensive surety operations of our sister company, l’Unique General Assurance Company (l’Unique), with their offices in Montreal and Quebec City. We will distribute custom tailored products and programs solely through the independent broker channel, reaffirming our support of this insurance distribution network”, said Lori Corrigan, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of York.

For more information about York and its new Surety products, please contact Neville Harriman, Senior Director, Surety Business Development, 905-696-1412, nharriman@york-fire.com.

About York Fire & Casualty Insurance Company

York Fire & Casualty Insurance Company was founded in 1955 and since October 2008 is a subsidiary of La Capitale General Insurance, a major property & casualty insurer ranking amongst the top five largest in Quebec. From its head office in Mississauga, Ontario, York Fire offers insurance to protect consumers’ homes, cars and businesses through more than 200 brokers located throughout Ontario and Alberta. York Fire strongly believes in the value that an independent broker brings to the insurance transaction and is committed to working with brokers to preserve and strengthen their role in the distribution of Property & Casualty products in Canada. www.york-fire.com.