Business Insurance in New Brunswick

Not sure what insurance to get for your small business in New Brunswick? The team at BrokerLink can help. We can recommend coverage, compare policies on your behalf, and even help you update your business insurance down the line. Learn more about BrokerLink New Brunswick’s commercial insurance services below.


Protect your New Brunswick business from risk with the right coverage

Choosing the right insurance is no easy task, whether you’re purchasing car insurance, home insurance, or business insurance. But with business insurance in particular, there are so many types of coverage, it can get overwhelming fast. That’s why the team at BrokerLink is here to help guide and assist you in any way you need. You can ask us to explain how the different types of commercial coverage work, request a professional opinion on which coverages make sense for your New Brunswick business, or even enlist our help in shopping around for a policy on your behalf. To get started, we’ve put together a list of the most common types of business insurance coverage in New Brunswick:

Commercial general liability insurance

Commercial general liability coverage, or CGL coverage, offers financial protection to businesses that are faced with third party lawsuits. Also known as slip and fall insurance, if a customer were to bring a legal claim alleging property damage or bodily injury against you, it is this portion of your New Brunswick business insurance policy that would compensate you for associated costs, like defence and settlement fees, medical expenses, repair bills, and more. CGL insurance is one of the most important and standard forms of commercial insurance in Canada.

Product liability insurance

Product liability insurance is another type of coverage that can protect your business from legal claims, but in this case, the legal claims relate to products you sell to customers. This type of insurance comes into play if a product you sell causes bodily harm or property damage to a customer and they sue you. Similar to CGL insurance, your insurer can help pay for any related legal fees, medical bills, and repair bills under the product liability portion of your policy. Please note that product liability insurance covers a wide range of items sold, from food and beverages to skincare products, sporting equipment, clothing, electronics, and more. Product liability can also offer coverage for products that you do not manufacture but distribute through your business, whether it be online or in-person.

Cyber liability insurance

Cyber liability insurance can protect New Brunswick businesses that fall victim to an unfortunate cyber incident, like a data breach or hack. It can help pay for costs like client notification, legal fees should someone sue you over the incident, credit monitoring, and more. While cyber liability Insurance for online businesses is extremely important, it can also be beneficial to any business with an online presence. For example, if your business has a website or a database with sensitive customer information, experts recommend adding cyber insurance to your business insurance policy.

Commercial property insurance

Commercial property insurance, along with CGL insurance, is another staple of most business insurance policies in New Brunswick. In essence, if your business has a physical place of business, whether that be a retail store, restaurant, office, etc., commercial property insurance can help protect it from damage. It can also help protect places that store business inventory or stock, like warehouses. In addition, commercial property insurance covers business-related contents inside of the insured place of business, like computers in an office. The only catch with commercial property insurance is that you will only be protected against specific types of property damage, which will be clearly named in your policy. The most commonly named perils are fire, theft, vandalism, windstorms, and water damage, though you will have the option of including other risks as well. As long as the damage to your place of work or business-related contents was caused by a named peril in your policy, your insurance company will step in and cover the cost of repairs or replacement.

Business interruption insurance

If you choose to include it, business interruption insurance can be part of your commercial property insurance coverage. How this type of coverage differs from commercial property insurance is that it will help cover you for the costs of running your business if it is forced to temporarily shut down due to damage by a named peril. For example, if a burglar breaks into your retail store overnight and smashes a window, you may have to close your store for a week while the window is repaired. During this time, business interruption insurance coverage could help pay for costs like employee wages or rent while your business is closed. As with commercial property insurance, you will only be covered if the reason for your business’s closure is a named peril in your policy.

Crime insurance

Crime insurance is a commercial insurance add-on that protects New Brunswick businesses against customer and employee crimes, like theft, fraud, and more.

Commercial auto insurance

Commercial auto insurance is an integral component of many business insurance policies in New Brunswick. Since car insurance is mandatory throughout the province, your business needs to purchase a commercial auto policy if you have cars for company use. If you have one car, the name of the policy you will need to buy is commercial auto insurance. If you have multiple business vehicles, you will need to buy fleet insurance. Fleet insurance is not only about protecting your commercial fleet, it's also about protecting you as a business owner. Without this type of insurance, you likely wouldn’t be covered for any business usage of your vehicle, as personal car insurance plans in New Brunswick typically do not extend to commercial use. Thus, if your business uses vehicles , whether to transport materials, visit clients’ homes, or deliver products to customers, commercial auto insurance is important. As with any type of insurance policy, when purchasing commercial auto insurance, you will get to choose which coverages to include. Although your policy must include the mandatory auto insurance coverages in the province, like third-party liability insurance and uninsured automobile coverage.

Extra protection for your New Brunswick business

The coverages listed above are some of the most popular among New Brunswick business insurance policies. However, that doesn’t mean that they are the only types of coverage available. Far from it. In reality, you can add a wide range of other coverages to your business insurance plan, like professional services insurance, by-law policy insurance, overland water insurance, and more. Keep reading for a long list of coverage options for New Brunswick businesses:

  • Employer liability insurance
  • Employment practices liability insurance
  • Employee benefits liability insurance
  • Directors and officers
  • Management liability insurance
  • Legal expenses liability insurance
  • Builders risk insurance
  • By-law policy insurance
  • Commercial earthquake insurance
  • Overland water insurance
  • Sewer backup insurance
  • Equipment breakdown insurance
  • Tool floater insurance
  • Umbrella insurance

If you aren’t sure which of the above coverages are right for your business, or need help finding a different type of commercial coverage altogether, contact BrokerLink.


How New Brunswick commercial insurance rates are calculated

Calculating New Brunswick commercial insurance premiums is a complex business. Insurance companies consider a multitude of factors when setting rates, which is why no two New Brunswick insurance policies cost the same. An insurance agent will take into account a range of personal factors, as well as specific factors related to your business. To give you a better idea of what an insurer will look at when determining your New Brunswick business insurance rates, check out the list below:

  • Your years of experience in the industry.
  • The size and location of your New Brunswick business.
  • The annual and projected gross revenue of your New Brunswick business.
  • The number of employees at your New Brunswick business.
  • Your personal insurance claims history.
  • The products or services offered by your New Brunswick business.
  • The coverages, limits, and deductibles you select for your New Brunswick business insurance policy.
  • Whether your New Brunswick business operates online, in-store, or both.

Get a free business insurance quote in New Brunswick from BrokerLink

Find out how much it will cost to insure your New Brunswick business by reaching out to BrokerLink today. Not only can we provide further insight into the ways in which insurance companies calculate premiums, but we can also provide you with a complimentary quote. Before requesting a free quote, take care to read through the requirements for a business insurance quote. This way, you will be prepared to answer various questions and provide the necessary information, such as the annual revenue of your business and your insurance claims history. Once you are ready to obtain your free quote from BrokerLink, contact us by phone, email, or in person. You can also use our online quote tool to request a quote on our website.


Find New Brunswick commercial insurance on any budget

BrokerLink is here to help New Brunswick business owners find commercial coverage on any budget. At the end of the day, we just want to make sure that your business is protected from risk. So if you are looking to cut costs and save money on business insurance, you can come to us and we’ll give you a long list of strategies. To get started, check out the list of money-saving tips below:

Compare your coverage options before purchasing a New Brunswick business insurance policy

Before buying commercial insurance in New Brunswick, make sure that you assess your options thoroughly. This means researching products from various insurance companies, obtaining quotes, and comparing them. This rigorous process is the only way to know that you are getting the best coverage at the most affordable price. That said, weighing your options takes time, and not everyone has the time to do this. If this sounds like you, reach out to BrokerLink. BrokerLink insurance advisors will shop around on your behalf by reaching out to Canada’s top insurance companies, requesting quotes, and then comparing them to determine your best options. In other words, when you work with a broker, you get to sit back and relax, while your broker does all the work. They will contact you when they are ready to present you with some top choices, and all you have to do is pick your favorite. Contact BrokerLink to learn more about the benefits of an insurance broker.

Only buy coverage that suits your New Brunswick business

Not every type of commercial coverage is intended for every New Brunswick business. For example, whether you operate online only or in-store, the size of your business, and the industry of your business, will all determine the best types of coverage for you. Buying more coverage than you need will lead to higher premiums and unnecessary costs. If you are on a tight budget, only buy the coverage that makes sense for your unique business and the risks it faces. For help deciding which coverages are worthwhile, get in touch with BrokerLink. A BrokerLink commercial insurance specialist will get to know your business and recommend personalized coverage accordingly.

Speak with a licenced commercial insurance broker in New Brunswick

Think of licenced insurance brokers as a free tool for you to leverage when shopping for commercial insurance. BrokerLink’s team of insurance professionals are all fully licenced with years of experience helping business owners just like you find the coverage they need. When you get in touch, you will be matched with a dedicated broker, who will guide you through the entire process of purchasing business insurance. Your dedicated broker can also suggest all sorts of ways to save money on commercial coverage.

Choose the highest policy deductibles you can afford

A quick way to lower your New Brunswick business insurance premium is to select the highest possible policy deductibles you can afford to pay. Chances are, you will get to pick the deductible for each type of coverage that you add to your policy. The higher the amounts, the lower your premium will be. Be sure to talk with a broker about the consequences of raising your deductible and about how business insurance deductibles work before increasing yours.

Bundle New Brunswick commercial insurance with auto or home insurance

Bundling your New Brunswick commercial insurance policy with an auto or home insurance policy is another way to save money on coverage. You might be surprised to learn that many insurance companies across the province offer insurance packages, known as bundles, to customers. Not all types of insurance products are eligible, but many commercial, home, and auto insurance products are. Thus, by purchasing a business insurance policy and a car insurance policy or home insurance policy at the same time, you could save big. Ask a BrokerLink insurance advisor for more information on insurance bundling.

Adopt a risk management strategy for your New Brunswick business

Adopting a risk management strategy at your New Brunswick business is one final tip for cutting commercial insurance costs. When you come to understand the importance of risk management, you quickly realize that these types of strategies are crucial for minimizing risk and therefore reducing the number of unforeseen (and costly) incidents that occur. Key components of any effective risk management strategy are workplace safety and business insurance. If you have both, the odds of an unexpected event occurring are lower, and the number of insurance claims you need to file will also be lower, keeping rates down.

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You can reach us by phone, email, or in person at any one of our locations throughout New Brunswick. No matter how you choose to get in touch, a BrokerLink insurance advisor will be happy to assist you. We also encourage you to take advantage of our free online quote tool that can provide you with a competitive quote in minutes.


New Brunswick business insurance FAQs

Can I buy insurance for my home business in New Brunswick?

Yes, home business insurance is a type of commercial coverage available to policyholders in New Brunswick. With this type of coverage, your business and your home will be protected from any business-related losses or damage. For example, if your home business policy covered theft and a burglar broke into your home and stole a bunch of your business’s inventory from the garage, your home business plan would cover you.

Alternatively, if you did not have a home business insurance policy and were relying solely on your personal property insurance plan, your claim would likely be denied as standard homeowner’s insurance in New Brunswick does not cover business-related claims. Please note that in most cases, home-based business owners have the option of purchasing an independent home business insurance policy or adding a commercial coverage add-on to their home insurance policies. Speak with an insurance professional to determine which one is right for you. It is also worth noting that home business insurance isn't just for business owners, it is also for employees who work from home often.

What types of business insurance are available in New Brunswick?

There is a wide variety of insurance options available to New Brunswick companies. Such options vary depending on the insurance company and the type of business you operate, but generally speaking, you can expect to be able to choose from the following coverage types:

commercial general liability insurance, directors and officers liability insurance, business interruption insurance, overland water insurance, sewer backup insurance, employer liability insurance, product liability insurance, cyber liability insurance, commercial property insurance, crime insurance, commercial auto insurance, umbrella liability insurance, and more.

Do I need to buy business insurance in New Brunswick?

No. Business insurance is not compulsory in New Brunswick the way that other types of insurance, such as car insurance, are. That said, you will be hard-pressed to find a New Brunswick business without insurance. No matter how small your business is, commercial coverage is a key part of any risk management strategy and can go a long way in ensuring the financial safety of your business.

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