The origin of Aviva can be traced to the establishment of the Hand in Hand Fire & Life Insurance Society back in 1696 in London. Aviva was formed by the merger of two British insurance companies, namely Norwich Union and CGU plc in 2000. Originally, it was known as CGNU but later renamed to Aviva in July 2002.
Aviva Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of the UK-based Aviva plc. The Canadian subsidiary provides insurance services to over 3 million customers and it has about 4,000 employees in 30 locations and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva’s root in Canada can be traced as back as the 19th century. Canada Accident Assurance Company, the first Canadian-based Aviva Heritage Company was incorporated in 1906. Aviva acquired RBC General Insurance Company for CAD$582 million on January 21, 2016. Furthermore, Aviva Canada was rated A+ by Standard and Poor’s and A by A.M. Best.
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