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APDIQ-Association professionnelle des designers d’interieur du Quebec

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Welcome to the APDIQ Professional Insurance Program

PROLINK—Canada’s Insurance Connection has partnered with Association professionnelle des designers d’interieur du Quebec to develop a comprehensive set of insurance programs to protect you from the unique risks you face. APDIQ and PROLINK have advocated for your personal and professional insurance needs with a network of insurers, to ensure that you’ll benefit from superior protection at unparalleled rates.

PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE FOR APDIQ MEMBERS

Browse our professional insurance solutions tailored to the needs of Professional Interior Designers.

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE (E&O)

What is it?
Professional Liability Insurance protects you (and your business) from any allegations of errors, omissions, or negligence committed within the scope of your professional activities. It’ll cover your damages—legal expenses, administrative costs, and court settlements—EVEN if the claims made against you are groundless.

Why do we recommend it?
As a Professional Interior Designer, your job requires you to make decisions that have the potential to impact your clients’ budgets, schedules, and more. And when your clients are happy, it’s great for business. Unfortunately, clients can be fickle. Even if your project is on-time, to-budget, and executed as planned, they may see it otherwise.

A quick search will show that the allegations against professionals these days are endless and expensive. Once you’ve been named, things get costly—although you may not be at fault. You may believe that you can protect your personal assets against claims by simply incorporating your business. But incorporated business owners are corporate directors and can still be held responsible for sizeable expenses. To be truly protected, you need Professional Liability insurance.

We can help. PROLINK has developed an insurance program that addresses the specific risks you face as a Professional Interior Designer. Our comprehensive and regulatory-compliant Professional Liability Insurance program will defend you from claims others make against you or your practice within the scope of your professional activities.

Policy highlights include:

    • Protect against alleged claims or lawsuits brought against you;
    • Pay legal defence costs and compensatory damages if you are found liable;
    • Offers funds for expenses associated with data breaches, including client notification fees, potential damages, and more.

COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE (CGL)

What is it?
Commercial General Liability Insurance (CGL) protects your business from third-party claims of bodily injury, property damage, and reputational harm caused by your professional activities or company operations. 

Why do we recommend it?
Whether it’s a client, a vendor, or supplier, any business that comes into contact with a third-party needs Commercial General Liability Insurance, especially if you or your employees:

  • Own, rent, or lease a commercial space that’s open to the public;
  • Have a home-based business where clients visit you;
  • Visit your client’s workspace or home, or conduct business anywhere else offsite; and 
  • Advertise or create marketing materials for your business.

Policy features include:

  • Coverage for third party injuries and property damage;
  • Standard coverage for Tenant’s Legal Liability, Employer’s Liability, Voluntary Compensation and Non-Owned Automobile Coverage.

PROPERTY INSURANCE

What is it?
Property Contents Insurance protects your commercial property from damage or loss and will cover the costs of repairs or replacement for contents, equipment, and furnishings.

Why do we recommend it?
Property Insurance is critical if you have your own business, regardless of the location. Whether you work from home or out of a commercial office, your general liability or homeowner’s policies won’t reimburse you for any damage to your business assets following a break-in, fire, or other disaster.

DATA SECURITY & PRIVACY BREACH INSURANCE

What is it?
Data Security & Privacy Breach Insurance protects your business and offsets your losses in the event of a breach, such as when your company’s information is stolen or exposed by a hacker, or accidentally released by an employee.

Our valuable policy features include:

  • Legal coaching on how to handle the breach;
  • Legal fees in the case of a civil suit;
  • Funds for court-awarded damages;
  • PR services for managing reputational impact;
  • Provisions for credit monitoring and client notification fees.

Why do we recommend it?

When you rely on computer networks for the bulk of your work, hackers, malware, and ransomware pose a real threat. Whether it’s a stolen laptop, a breach in your cloud provider, or even extortion from a rogue employee, being on a network exposes you to cyber risk.

For Interior Designers, a cyber breach isn’t just the exposure of client data; it also means lost contact lists, past project files, or worse, current project files. Drawings, estimates, and resources that took countless hours of work and streaks of creativity to build up—all gone in an instant. You’d be facing a setback of days, weeks, or even months.

The business interruption from a data leak might be particularly harsh for companies that custom design and sell their own products, especially if a client has their heart set on a specific idea or model. For newer or smaller firms with limited funds, the resulting financial and professional fallout could be irreparable.

Clients tend to be very forgiving of a privacy breach when it is well-handled by a business. That is, when clients are notified in a timely manner and a sincere apology is made.

However, to accomplish these things during the fall-out from a breach, you’ll need a team of professionals, provisions to keep your business running and funds for any potential damages. PROLINK can help you access all of these services with our Cyber/Privacy Breach Insurance.

GROUP BENEFITS INSURANCE

What is it?

Our Group Health & Dental Benefits offer fully customizable Health, Dental and Drug plans for you and your employees at competitive rates. Plan features may include (but are not limited to):

  • Extended healthcare, including drug and dental coverage;
  • Life insurance;
  • Long-term disability insurance;
  • Employee assistance plans;
  • Health spending accounts;
  • And more!

Why do we recommend it?

Any business with employees should consider Group Health & Dental Benefits. A strong benefits package will help you protect the physical, mental, and financial health of your staff. And when employees are healthy—when they feel supported by workforce leaders—businesses are resilient in the face of an uncertain future.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE

What does Professional Liability Insurance cover?

In general, Professional Liability covers you against allegations brought by a third party (i.e., a client) seeking damages resulting from a negligent or wrongful act, error, omission or arising from your profession and within your scope of practice.

Do I need any other type of insurance if I own or rent an office location?

Yes, you should purchase Commercial General Liability insurance. The Professional Liability policy will not defend bodily injury or property damage claims brought against you related to your premises. You should also consider Property Insurance to protect your office contents.

What do I do if I receive a statement of claim?

Once you are aware of an actual or potential claim, report it to PROLINK immediately. Please refrain from making written or oral statements, and do not offer to compensate or admit liability. Taking such actions could interfere in the insurer’s ability to manage the claim.

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When should I notify PROLINK with a claim?

You will know if you are served with a statement of claim. However, there are other circumstances where you should also contact PROLINK because it could constitute a claim under your Professional Liability policy.

The other circumstances include:

  • A client or their lawyer issues a verbal or written demand for damages (i.e., a letter or email is sent to you);
  • A client or their lawyer makes threatening comments verbally or in writing indicating that they are seeking damages and/or may sue you.
  • You made a mistake in how you rendered your professional services and may have caused harm to a client.

The Professional Liability policy is a “claims-made” policy. What does "claims-made" mean?

A “claims-made” policy requires you to have coverage in place both when the event or incident occurred and when it was brought to light (i.e. “made”).

What if I need to make a mid-term change to my policy?

For any mid-term changes, please email us at InteriorDesigners@prolink.insure.

Does the APDIQ Insurance program have a common renewal date?

Yes, all members must renew by November 1st each year.

What does Commercial General Liability cover?

Commercial General Liability covers you in the case of third party injuries and property damage that occurs through your professional activities. It also provides you with insurance for Tenant’s Legal Liability, Employer’s Liability, Voluntary Compensation and Non-Owned Automobile coverage and more.

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LIFE & HEALTH

PROLINK will take the time to listen, understand your lifestyle, and guide you to the best protection possible.

Health & Dental Insurance

Supplement your primary healthcare and access the care you need, when you need it with coverage for: extended health, dental, vision, medication, massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, travel insurance, and more.

Disability Insurance

Protect your income if you’re unable to work because of a physical injury or ailment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a temporary or permanent disability; insurance will replace anywhere from 60-85% of your monthly earnings up to a specified time.

Critical Illness Insurance

Prepare for an unexpected illness or injury with a one-time, tax-free, lump sum. Once it’s paid, how you spend it is completely up to you, whether that’s on medicine, home accessibility, or even paying off part of your mortgage.

Life Insurance

Secure a simple, straightforward solution that will help you plan ahead while still guaranteeing protection for your loved ones. If there’s anyone relying on you for income—your children, spouse, ageing parents, or even a business partner—life insurance is worth it.

LIFE & HEALTH

PROLINK will take the time to listen, understand your lifestyle, and guide you to the best protection possible.

Health & Dental Insurance

Supplement your primary healthcare and access the care you need, when you need it with coverage for: extended health, dental, vision, medication, massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, travel insurance, and more.

Disability Insurance

Protect your income if you’re unable to work because of a physical injury or ailment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a temporary or permanent disability; insurance will replace anywhere from 60-85% of your monthly earnings up to a specified time.

Critical Illness Insurance

Prepare for an unexpected illness or injury with a one-time, tax-free, lump sum. Once it’s paid, how you spend it is completely up to you, whether that’s on medicine, home accessibility, or even paying off part of your mortgage.

Life Insurance

Secure a simple, straightforward solution that will help you plan ahead while still guaranteeing protection for your loved ones. If there’s anyone relying on you for income—your children, spouse, ageing parents, or even a business partner—life insurance is worth it.

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CARING CLAIMS

If you’re lucky, you might never have to make a claim against your insurance. But in the event that you do, PROLINK will respond with urgency, empathy, and compassion. Hover over the images below to see contact options.

MON-FRI, 8AM to 5PM

Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM

If you have a potential claim, and would like to speak to PROLINK, please contact us directly at 1 800 663 6828. No matter the time of day, be sure to have your policy number and key details of the incident on-hand, including dates, events, and all persons and entities involved. 

AFTER HOURS, WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS

After Hours, Weekends, Holidays

Connect with our after-hours claims service, Kernaghan Insurance Adjusters at 1 800 387 5677, or contact your insurer directly and they’ll loop us in. To find your insurer’s claims department, simply open your policy wording. 

If your claim is related to Professional Insurance, we strongly recommend that you wait to notify your PROLINK Account Manager during regular office hours.

MON-FRI, 8AM to 5PM

Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM

If you have a potential claim, and would like to speak to PROLINK, please contact us directly at 1 800 663 6828. No matter the time of day, be sure to have your policy number and key details of the incident on-hand, including dates, events, and all persons and entities involved. 

AFTER HOURS, WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS

After Hours, Weekends, Holidays

Connect with our after-hours claims service, Kernaghan Insurance Adjusters at 1 800 387 5677, or contact your insurer directly and they’ll loop us in. To find your insurer’s claims department, simply open your policy wording. 

If your claim is related to Professional Insurance, we strongly recommend that you wait to notify your PROLINK Account Manager during regular office hours.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

RISK MANAGEMENT ADVICE

For more information, check out our blog where we share our insights on insurance trends, current events, and practical tips and tricks to make the best of your coverage.

RISK MANAGEMENT ADVICE

For more information, check out our blog where we share our insights on insurance trends, current events, and practical tips and tricks to make the best of your coverage.

GET IN TOUCH

To speak to a professional who can guide you to the right coverage from the right insurer at the right price call us at:

1-800-663-6828

or send us an email below:

GET IN TOUCH

To speak to a professional who can guide you to the right coverage from the right insurer at the right price call us at:

1-800-663-6828

or send us an email below:


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