The Gifford Carr Story
In 2016, two of Ottawa’s most established and respected insurance firms, Carr & Company and Gifford Associates, undertook a successful merger, forming Gifford Carr Insurance Group.
With history dating back to 1954 for Carr & Company, and 1948 for Gifford & Associates, our collective wisdom and experience is bar none. And our loyal base of clients speaks to the firm foundation of trust we’ve built over 6+ decades.
As an independent, fully-bilingual, community-oriented firm licensed across Canada, we combine the warm, family feel of a small business with the big city convenience of access to insurance solutions nationwide.
At Gifford Carr, we also emphasize the importance of customized, individualized service for each of our clients. No matter what your circumstances, our brokers will go out of their way to develop an insurance plan that is tailor-made to address whatever requirements need to be met.
An exceptionally well-versed team at your service
The Gifford Carr Team is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in all types of business and personal insurance. Need a specialist in a specific area of insurance? We have you covered. And because we are an independent insurance brokerage, you can be assured that we are always working in the best interest of you, our client.
As a fully-licensed firm, our brokers must meet the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario RIBO requirements.
Bottom line, we take our work – your insurance – very seriously.
The Gifford Carr philosophy is a simple one — our experience and expertise are your best insurance. Our longstanding clients find comfort and assurance in knowing that not only are we intimately familiar with the ins and outs of insurance, but that we are also constantly working to meet their needs. This means having a deep understanding of each client’s situation, and continuously following market changes and trends that will impact that situation.
Clients trust us because we know our stuff. And we’re genuinely interested in getting to know them.
Why choose Gifford Carr Insurance Group?
1. Our Team
We have a team approach on every one of our accounts. Our dedicated Account Executives and Account Managers work together closely on all items related to your file, including policy placement, policy renewals, claims management, certificates of insurance, and any other changes that may arise throughout the year that may require policy coverage changes and/or special limits.
2. 24-Hour Claims Service
Invaluable assistance around-the-clock which is crucial in the event of any transportation loss.
3. Claims Management
Making sure your claim is prioritized with the insurance companies to ensure minimal downtime if your unit is repairable and back on the road as quickly as possible. If your vehicle is not repairable and deemed a total loss, we ensure that the settlement offer is fair and also done quickly.
4. Certificates of Insurance
Quick turnaround on all Certificates of Insurance for your customers and suppliers, as we realize that time is money.
5. CVOR (Ontario) Reviews and Assistance
We provide regular CVOR reviews with our clients to ensure your information is up-to-date and as accurate as possible with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). We can also assist in the event of an MTO Facility Audit and have teamed up with several independent transportation industry veterans who can also assist. Your CVOR rating is crucial to your daily business operations, it can be viewed by existing and potential new customers alike and is extremely important to insurance companies as well.
6. Risk Management
Provides you with valuable insight on minimizing your risk, policy coverage audits, various deductible options comparisons, new driver selection and hiring practices, policies and procedures manuals, and other “best-in-class” comparables.
7. Your Insurance Broker
Established in 1948, we are truly independent insurance brokers. We have long-term and established dealings with Canada’s leading insurance companies. We work hard to obtain the best possible pricing and coverages for you that are unique and customized to your individual operation. We work for you – our valued client!