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Insurance and Risk Management

The mission of Insurance and Risk Management serves to promote and advance the application of risk management strategies, to mitigate and protect the University of Winnipeg from exposure to loss events and other scenarios that have the potential to impact campus operations and policies, inclusive of its human, physical and financial resources.

This is accomplished through:

  • Identification and analyzing exposures to loss
  • Selecting and implementing the risk management technique or combination of techniques to address each exposure
  • Continuous monitoring of the risks and making changes where appropriate to protect our community and resources

Insurance FAQ

Another institution requires proof of insurance coverage. How do I arrange this?

When an institution requests proof of insurance coverage, we can provide a certificate of insurance. Refer to the Certificate of Insurance section for details.

I would like a copy of our insurance policies for our file or to provide to external party.

We do not provide copies of insurance policies to departments. If you have any questions regarding coverage, contact the Insurance and Risk Management Coordinator at 204.786.9013 or email rms@uwinnpeg.ca with the attached completed documented (insert link for If you require proof of coverage for an event, refer to the Certificate of Insurance section.

Provide me with a letter showing what insurance coverage The University of Winnipeg carries.

We do not provide a general letter of insurance coverage to be kept on file to be used as required. Each year, our insurance policies are renewed, and there may be changes that may not be reflected in the letter. If you require proof of coverage for an event, placement or practicum, we can provide you with a Certificate of Insurance. Refer to the section on Certificates of Insurance for further information.

I am borrowing or renting equipment and we will be held liable should it become damaged. Is this equipment covered under our property policy?

The simple answer is yes. But, our general property policy carries a high deductible, which may be more than the value of the borrowed equipment. If the value of the equipment is below the deductible, we can help arrange insurance coverage for the equipment for the length of time it is in the University’s possession. Contact the Insurance and Risk Management Coordinator at 204.786.9013 or email rms@uwinnpeg.ca for further information.

I am renting a vehicle for University business. Does the University provide coverage or do I have to purchase insurance from the rental company?

The University of Winnipeg has a policy that provides insurance coverage for rented vehicles in Canada and the United States of America. The insurance policy ONLY covers short term rental vehicles (30 days or less) for sanctioned university business. Follow the link for Vehicle Rental Best Practices or contact Insurance and Risk Management Coordinator at 204.786.9013 or email rms@uwinnpeg.ca if further information is required.

As part of my University duties, I am required to sit on a board of an entity external to the University. Am I covered by The University of Winnipeg insurance while sitting on this board?

The insurance of the external entity would be the first to respond, as you are a member of their board. The University of Winnipeg’s insurance would be considered secondary coverage, as you are an employee of the University who is required to sit on this board during the course of your employment.

Who do I contact in case of an auto accident/incident with a University-owned vehicle?

If you are in an accident while driving a University-owned vehicle, you would respond in the same manner as any vehicle accident. This would include contacting the police, emergency response and Campus Security. Instead of contacting the insurer directly, please contact Insurance and Risk Management Coordinator at 204.786.9013 or email rms@uwinnpeg.ca as soon as possible, regardless of fault. If required, this office will initiate the claims process and be the liaison between you and the insurer. You should also notify your supervisor or department head.

How do I arrange insurance coverage while a piece of equipment is in transit?

Coverage depends on the shipping destination, value of the equipment along with the instructions of the shipping or receiving company. Contact Insurance and Risk Management Coordinator at 204.786.9013 or email rms@uwinnpeg.ca for further information.

How do I make an insurance claim?

If the incident took place on campus, contact Security Services at 204.786.9272 / 204.786.6666 or email security@uwinnipeg.ca. A copy of this report will be sent to the Risk Management Coordinator's office. But please note, contacting Security Services does not start the insurance claim process. Then contact the Insurance and Risk Management Coordinator at 204.786.9013 or email rms@uwinnpeg.ca as soon as possible to discuss available insurance coverage.



For most property claims, you will need to provide evidence showing that the item was purchased with University funds. Initiate the process by completing the Self-Insurance Claim Form. Depending on the nature of the claim, an adjuster may be assigned to investigate the incident. The Risk Management Coordinator will act as the liaison between you and the insurance adjuster.

Contact Information

General Contact
Email: rms@uwinnipeg.ca

Ruth Damphouse, Insurance and Risk Management Coordinator
General Office: 204.786.9013
Email: r.damphouse@uwinnipeg.ca