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Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.
Traded as TSXIAG
S&P/TSX Composite Component
Industry Life and health insurance, financial services
Founded 1892
Founder Sir Hormidas Laporte
Headquarters Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Key people
Denis Ricard (President, CEO)
Revenue C$3.681 bil Yd Jun11Increase6.5%
$197 mil Yd Jun11Increase12.6%
C$531.4 mil 2017Decrease4%[1]
AUM $71.516 bil Jun11 Increase16.2%[2]
Total assets C$ 35.3009 bil (June 2011)
Increase10.6% qoq
Total equity $2.6009 bil June 2011Increase7.3%
Number of employees
5,700 (June 2017)[3]
Website ia.ca

Industrial Alliance is a Canadian insurance company with a diversified business ranging from wealth management to group pensions. It is a major player in the Canadian market where it serves three million people across the country and ranks fourth among insurance companies[4][5] however, the company has recently begun focusing on increasing its presence in the US market where it sees an opportunity for growth.[6] Its first major expansion into the US market happened in April 2010 when it purchased American Amicable Life Insurance of Texas for $145 million.[7] In 2010, Industrial Alliance listed in Forbes Magazine's "Global 2000" list of companies.[8]


The oldest parts of the current company, Industrial Life Insurance and Alliance Nationale merged in January 1987. In the 13 following years the new company made a number of acquisitions, beginning with the National Life Assurance Company of Canada in 1988. The next addition was Quebec based The Solidarity followed by 87-year-old Seaboard life Insurance of Vancouver (eventually became Industrial Alliance Pacific). In 1999, the year before the company renamed itself Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services, wealth management company, Investia Financial Services was created. Then in February of the same year it demutualized and joined the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IAG.

Alliance Nationale This founding part of the present company was created at a meeting in Montreal's Saint Joseph's Church where the contributions of 74 people including its first president Sir Hormidas Laporte helped form a mutual aid society. In 1948 it became one of the first mutual life insurance companies in Canada.

Industrial Life Insurance Company The Industrial Life Insurance Company was started in 1905 by Mr. Bernard Leonard, whose family controlled the company from Quebec City until 1950, the year the company was taken over by Crédit Interprovincial Ltd. Four years after it mutualized, in 1973 the company acquired two general insurance companies that currently form Industrial Alliance's auto and home insurance division. Its last major move as a separate company was made in 1982 when it acquired Vancouver-based West Life Assurance Company of Canada, a brand that eventually became its Industrial Alliance Pacific subsidiary.

Division of business segments[edit]

Industrial Alliance's core business is health and life insurance and wealth management services to groups and individuals. A unique feature about its business is the pick a term insurance plan which offers applicants the choice of picking a term for coverage, from 10 and 30 years.[9] Also mortgage insurance claims can be processed faster than most other institutions because plans are underwritten at the time of application not at the time of claim.[10]

The company operates through 11 divisions.


  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference renamed_from_2016_on_20180327173445 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Industrial Alliance 2011 first Half financial results" (PDF). July 2011. 
  3. ^ "About us". Industrial Alliance. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  4. ^ "B2B Trust signs distribution agreements with IAG for investment loands". 2010-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Industrial Alliance Announces Acquisition of U.S. Life Insurance Company". 2010-04-28. 
  6. ^ "IA American Life Insurance (Industrial Alliance Insurance) to acquire American-Amicable Holding". 2010-04-02. 
  7. ^ Hopkins, Andrea (2010-04-28). "Insurer IAG buys American-Amicable for C$145 mln". Reuters. 
  8. ^ "top 2000 companies". Forbes. 2010-04-21. 
  9. ^ "A Closer Look : Term 30 Life Insurance". 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ "in denial". CBC News. 2008-02-06.