This May marks our 25th Anniversary in Canada! Throughout those years, you have made us your Trusted Partner to help you confidently close your real estate transactions. And for that we say, Thank You!
Being your Trusted Partner is an honour we hold with immense pride, as it represents our longstanding history with the Canadian legal community. Together we have accomplished a lot, and we are grateful for your partnership and loyalty.
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Stewart Title opens its Canadian headquarters in Toronto,
providing title insurance while supporting the legal professional’s
role in real estate transactions. Unlike some of our competitors,
we choose not to offer document preparation services to
lenders on refinances and we support Ontario Regulation 666
(currently Reg. 69/07) that mandates:
1. A lawyer must provide a certificate of title.
2. The lawyer must be entitled to practice in Ontario.
3. The lawyer must not be employed by the title insurer.
Stewart introduces the Examining Counsel (EC) Program providing legal professionals with easy access to title insurance products.
Stewart expands its operations across Canada and within the next two years has offices in Calgary, Halifax, Laval and Vancouver. We hire legal professionals as part of our team and are later recognized by a legal trade publication as one of the top employers of lawyers.
Stewart Electronic Policy System (STEPS) is launched,
enabling legal professionals and their staff to complete policy
requirements in-house at their own pace.
Educational seminars are launched, with Lecture Series sessions eligible for Continuing Professional Development credits.
Stewart introduces the Existing Homeowner Policy, which protects existing homeowners from losses that arise from many types of title fraud. Legal professionals can now offer title protection to clients that purchased homes prior to title insurance being available in Canada.
STEPS is integrated with a leading conveyancing software, creating efficiencies for law firms in Ontario. In the coming years, integrations with other software take place across Canada.
Stewart launches its Commercial Gap-Only Policy to facilitate quicker, secure closings and address the outstanding priority issues surrounding the registration gap in Western Canada.
A group of title insurance companies form the Title Insurance Industry Association of Canada (TIIAC). Stewart declines to join the organization because we feel our business philosophy (support of the legal community) differs from the TIIAC members’ and the association’s overall objectives.
TIIAC sends a letter to the Minister of Finance requesting a review of Ontario Regulation 69/07 (formerly Reg. 666). In Stewart’s view if Reg. 69/07 is abolished, the role of the real estate lawyer will be further diminished. Stewart Title initiates a movement to dismiss the review of Ontario Reg. 69/07. TIIAC publicly withdraws its request for this review.
Stewart Title enters into a third-party partnership to create efficiencies in law firms by offering electronic mortgage instructing and reporting.
Stewart expresses concern to the Law Society of Upper Canada about the impact allowing Alternative Business Structures (ABS) would have on residential real estate lawyers. We stress that the public is best served by the individual attention of a real estate lawyer, and that any decision with respect to ABS must ensure that lawyers continue their essential role in real estate transactions.
Stewart creates further efficiencies for law firms through the integration of three technology platforms: our online ordering application, a third-party mortgage instructing and reporting tool, and an industry-leading conveyancing platform.
Stewart offers an expanded package of standard endorsements in commercial lender policies (up to $50 million) and reduces the number of searches required to order commercial policies by increasing owner and lender policy thresholds for certain required searches.
Stewart launches the Smart Order Form, an online tool designed to streamline the process of ordering commercial policies and an alternative ordering method for residential policies. This form adapts to the specifics of the transaction so only relevant questions are presented.
Stewart introduces enhanced measures to provide clients with
a streamlined fraud review process to help identify and prevent
the occurrence of fraud in real estate transactions. This helps
Canadian legal professionals avoid involvement in fraudulent
transactions, thereby protecting their reputation and solidifying
their position as an integral part of the real estate process.
Also this year, an enhanced Commercial policy package is introduced, automatically including the most requested endorsements to commercial policy orders at no additional cost.
Stewart produces a video with local legal associations to
educate home purchasers on the value that lawyers and
notaries bring to real estate transactions.
A single-risk Commercial Survey-Only policy is introduced as a cost-effective option to address the unique requirements of legal professionals in B.C.
Stewart extends its efforts in supporting the legal community
by being the first to provide assurance that coverage will not be
compromised or invalidated as a result of real estate transactions
closing via remote signing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stewart is also the first to offer extended super priority lien coverage to protect residential and commercial lenders for loss arising from covered super priority liens after the insured mortgage has been discharged.
Educational programs expand to cover a broader scope of topics and move online, enabling more legal professionals to learn and obtain Continuing Professional Development credits than ever before.
Stewart Title launches two new optional commercial
endorsements to provide added peace of mind to insureds.
Our Extended Protection Endorsement for commercial
transactions up to $5 Million and our Post Date of Policy
Commercial Lender Endorsement for commercial
Stewart offers technology integrations with new conveyancing partners to meet the increasing needs of legal professionals.
Our online education programs experience record breaking participation and support, becoming a leading option for the legal community.
Stewart acquires a majority stake in Treefort Technologies Inc.,
a Canadian-based company that provides a completely
digital process for verifying an individual's identity, as well as
other tools designed to assist legal professionals meet and
sign documents with verified individuals.
Stewart celebrates 25 years operating in Canada. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from Canadian legal professionals over the years!
The EC Program is available in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Clients in Western Canada can contact their local BD Representative to discuss the available ordering options in their area.
Remote signing not available for Vendor Takeback (VTB) Mortgages.
The EPE Endorsement is not available in Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon. EPE Coverage is not available for Vendor Take Back Mortgages or Single Risk policies. Subject to a nominal premium in addition to the applicable commercial title policy premium for the transaction. For full coverage details, please refer to a copy of our policy.
The Post Date of Policy Commercial Lender Endorsement is available only for commercial institutional lenders whose insured mortgage is 1st or 2nd priority on title. Underwriting guidelines may apply. For full coverage details, please refer to a copy of our policy.