Wildfires in Halifax and Shelburne County, Nova Scotia

This year’s wildfires in Nova Scotia were estimated to have caused over $165 million in insured losses. If you were impacted by the wildfires and have not settled your claim with your insurance company, GIO is here to help. If you require relief or additional information, please see the below links for more assistance:

To learn more about the Nova Scotia wildfires, including recovery process timelines, see the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)’s page here.

For more assistance, see the Government of Nova Scotia’s official website here.

GIO is an independent body set up to help Canadians find a fair resolution to disputes with insurance providers. GIO can provide advice on dealing with your insurance company as a first step. If you are not satisfied with the decision from your provider on your claim, GIO can help resolve your claim. 

If you’d like to submit a claim visit here


What is the cost to use GIO’s services? 

All of GIO’s services are free of charge to any home, auto or business insurance policy holder of a member company. We offer services in both English and French, anywhere across Canada. 

How and when can I make a complaint about an insurance claim related to the Nova Scotia wildfires? 

Before we can review your complaint, you must first try to resolve your complaint with your insurance company. Once you receive a Final Position Letter from your insurance company and you remain unsatisfied, you can bring your complaint to GIO for review. 

Are you independent from my insurance company? 

GIO is an independent organization with the sole purpose of helping Canadian consumers resolve disputes or concerns with their home, auto or business insurers, free of charge. Our employees are impartial professionals with experience in the insurance industry and related sectors, but with no direct ties to specific insurance companies or their boards of directors. We use our extensive experience and industry-related insight to work towards a fair solution between individuals and their insurance providers. 

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