Builders and Developers

Information for Builders and Developers in BC

New Builders

Travelers Canada was the first insurer approved by the Financial Institutions Commission to offer home warranty insurance prior to the implementation of the Homeowner Protection Act in 1999 and has been the leading home warranty provider in BC since inception. Travelers’ clients account for more than 55 percent of all housing starts in B.C. and 65 percent of multi-family starts. Through our stringent underwriting criteria, Travelers proudly endorses the best builders and developers in the residential development and construction industry in B.C.

When selecting new builders for its home warranty program in B.C., Travelers Canada takes into consideration the builder’s track record, technical expertise, financial capacity and after-sales customer service. Only those builders who meet our underwriting criteria are approved as member builders by Travelers Canada.

If you would like to apply to Travelers Canada’s home warranty program, please contact one of our underwriters to request a Builder Application. (Please note that the Builder Application is not available online.)

For additional information about B.C.’s Homeowner Protection Act and Regulations or topics such as Owner Builders, Builder Obligations and Exclusions, please visit the BC Housing - Licensing & Consumer Services website.

Why choose Travelers Canada as your Home Warranty Provider?

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Member Builders in British Columbia

Travelers Canada strives to offer the best customer service to clients. In order to deliver on this commitment, we have a dedicated team that is able to assist you. In addition, we issue each member builder a Travelers Canada Warranty Reference Manual that covers all of the different aspects of the new home warranty business. Topics include:

Registering a New Home for Home Warranty Coverage

Once you have registered your company with Travelers Canada and obtained your license from BC Housing, you may register a new home for warranty coverage. Please forward the following items to Travelers Canada’s Housing Registration Department:

Is the Construction Cost Greater than $1,000,000?

All homes that exceed construction costs of $1,000,000 are subject to an additional premium of $200 for each $100,000 in construction costs. Please refer to your Terms & Conditions (Schedule A) for your base premium rate.

For those homes that exceed construction costs of $1,000,000, Travelers Canada requires a copy of the building plans/elevations to be submitted with your housing registration applications.

If you have any questions regarding this type of home, please contact a member of Travelers Canada’s Housing Registration Department or refer to the Travelers Canada Warranty Reference Manual.

Registering Multi-family Projects for Home Warranty Coverage

Step 1: All multi-family projects, consisting of five or more units, are subject to a project-specific review by Travelers Canada. Please forward the following items to Travelers Canada.

  • Preliminary project information for multi-unit buildings
  • Geotechnical report
  • Site plan/elevations
  • Proof of errors and omissions insurance for all project professionals
  • Disclosure statement (draft is acceptable)

Upon review of the above information, Travelers Canada will establish premium and security requirements for the multi-family project.

Step 2: To register the multi-family project for warranty coverage, please forward the following items to Travelers Canada’s Housing Registration Department.

Member Builders in British Columbia