Manitoba Business: Master Builders Liability Insurance Company / Union Casualty Company / Union Fire & Casualty Company
The Master Builders Liability Insurance Company was established under the Insurance Act by the Manitoba Legislature in 1913 and held an initial capital stock of $500,000. Its founding intent was to provide insurance coverage (fire, accident, theft, etc.) for local contractors, including William Henry Carter, Thomas Kelly, Edward Cass, John James Wallace, and Herbert T. Hazleton. The company’s offices were in the Merchants Bank Building and later in the Electric Railway Building.
The company underwent two renamings, first on 23 January 1918 to the Union Casualty Company, and on 30 March 1920 to the Union Fire & Casualty Company. It expanded into other insurance fields, including health, plate glass, and bonds. In its later years, operations expanded to include Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario (1920), and Nova Scotia.
On 13 March 1923, the company was declared insolvent at Winnipeg and Victor Evan Gray (Superintendent of Insurance for Province of Ontario) was a party to Manitoba proceedings under the Winding Up Act. The final Directors were S. D. Works, L. M. Fingard, Murray Gamble Doyle, Philip O. Works, Robert Blackwood Whidden Graham, Daniel McLean, James Malcolm Carruthers, R. W. Clewlo, R. L. Nicolson, and George J. Deutz.
“Big loan is asked for new buildings,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 January 1913, page 14.
“Notice,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 November 1913, page 2.
“Notice,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 November 1913, page 2.
Companies Office corporation documents (CCA 0059), 73U - Master Builders Liability Insurance Company, GR6427, Archives of Manitoba.
Companies Office corporation documents (CCA 0059), 73U - Union Casualty Company, GR6427, Archives of Manitoba.
Companies Office corporation documents (CCA 0059), 73U - Union Fire and Casualty Company, GR6427, Archives of Manitoba.
Court of Queen’s Bench Winding Up Act pockets (ATG 0015), #192/23 - Union Fire and Casualty Company, GR0195, Archives of Manitoba.
Orders-In-Council (EC 0003A), Order-in-Council No. 28925 & 33587, GR3442, Archives of Manitoba.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 22 May 2021