NOTE:  All definition are from the Insurance Bureau of Canada


IMPROVEMENTS AND BETTERMENTS - Additions or changes to a rented premises by a tenant at his own expense. Also called Tenant's Improvements.

INCENDIARY - Malicious setting on fire or preparing, providing and setting the means for fire to start.

INCEPTION - The date and time on which coverage under an insurance policy takes effect.

INCIDENT - An event which, under different  circumstances, could have resulted in harm to people, damage to property or  equipment, or loss of process or productivity – for example, almost hitting a  pedestrian with a car, or a slip and fall that does not result in an injury.  Sometimes an incident is referred to as a “near miss.”

INDEMNIFY - To compensate the insured person for a loss, in whole or in  part, by payment, repair, or replacement.

INDEMNITY - A contract, express or implied, to repay in the event of a loss. Insured neither gains nor loses.

INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS - Loss resulting from a peril, but not  caused directly or immediately by the peril. For example, loss of property due  to fire is a direct loss, while the loss of rental income as the result of the  fire would be an indirect loss.

IN FORCE - Insurance policy which is in effect, and has not expired or been cancelled.

INHERENT EXPLOSION - An explosion caused by the normal processes of a risk as opposed to one caused by external causes, e.g., a dust explosion in a grain elevator.

INHERENT VICE - The quality that something has to deteriorate or damage itself without outside help, e.g., milk sours; coal combusts spontaneously.

INLAND MARINE INSURANCE - Coverage for movable property in transit, excluding ocean crossing; includes bridges and tunnels, because they are implements of transportation.

INSPECTION - Independent checking of facts about an  applicant or claimant, usually by a commercial inspection agency.

INSPECTOR - An insurance company employee who examines physical risks and reports on them for underwriting purposes. In some companies this is done by the Special Agent or Field Representative.

INSURABLE INTEREST - An interest which the insured must have in the subject matter of the insurance he buys so that if the event insured against occurs, the insured will suffer a pecuniary loss.

INSURANCE - A contract between an insurance company and its customer for  a specific period of time. It protects the customer financially against a loss.  Insurance is also a mechanism for dispersing risk, because it shares the losses  of the few among the many.

INSURANCE POLICY - A written contract of insurance.

INSURED - The entity (individual or otherwise) whose risk of financial loss from an insured peril is protected by the insurance policy.

INSURER - The company providing the insurance coverage.

INSURING CLAUSE - Describes the intent of the policy, just what insurance coverage is provided by the policy and in what limits.

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