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The best commercial insurance products to protect retailers and small business owners of all sorts

Restaurant Commercial General Liability Insurance & so much more



Restaurant stock, contents and equipment Insurance

Restaurant Business interruption Insurance 

Crime Insurance Coverage 

Equipment Breakdown Insurance

Restaurant Commerical Liability Insurance (CGL) 

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Why Should Kyle Wijnands Service your REstaurant Insurance Policy? 

Commercial General Liability 

Commercial Vehicle Insurance 

Same Day Service

 In most cases, Ontario restaurant owners can set up a restaurant insurance policy through Kyle within 24 hours. 

Save up to 40% 

Many business owners have been thrilled to have Kyle save up to 40% on their restaurant insurance policies with Tradition Mutual Insurance.  s!

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You won't be reaching a a call-centre. When you call Kyle at 519-393-3246, you are guaranteed to take advantage of a years of industry experience. 

Cheap REstaurant insurance is great but professional service from someone who drives and shops where you live- That's the mutual difference. 

Kyle get’s it. As an Ontario business owner, you want cheap restaurant insurance. Prices everywhere are going up and why get gouged on your business insurance as well? Tradition Mutual Insurance Company understands that it’s more than just getting cheap business insurance, it’s about getting someone servicing your commercial insurance file that knows who you are each time you call and lives in your area or has connections near you. Kyle and his team at Tradition Mutual Insurance will be sure to be standing by when you call or email about CGL policy questions or a commercial insurance claim.

We get it- shopping for restaurant insurance can be a pain. Our turnaround time is quick and thorough. Kyle and his team will review your existing small-business insurance needs and make sure you have the right coverage that fits your unique situation. A one size fit's all approach doesn't work when setting up your Ontario business insurance. Get a quick business liability insurance quote today and let Kyle place you into a commercial policy that best suites the needs of your small business. 

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Commercial Liability Insurance 

Commercial General Liability - This portion of a restaurant insurance policy protects you as a restaurant business owner against if you cause property damage or bodily injury. The CGL policy also covers you for defense costs.


One of your employees happen to add a wrong ingredient to a meal which makes one of your clients ill. One of your clients trips and falls on a mat inside your restaurant. One of your clients is injured while in your parking lot. These are examples of a instance when a liability insurance claim could be triggered. Commercial general liability insurance is designed to protect you as the restaurant owner and your business assets for potential lawsuits resulting from third party bodily injuries, advertising liability and third party property damage.


These types of claims or losses would arise from your business operations on of off your business premises or products that you distribute/manufacture. Tradition's commercial general liability coverage protects you for the legal costs to defend you and your business in court as well as the compensatory costs the are required to be paid to the third party for the damages. 

Tenant Legal Liability  Insurance- This portion of a commercial insurance policy protects against certain damages to leased premises. 

Non-owned automobile Insurance- This portion of a CGL policy provides insurance if an employee occasionally drives his or her personal vehicle for business purposes and your business is pulled into an auto related insurance lawsuit as a result. 

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REstaurant Vehicle Insurance 

The provincial government of Ontario requires that business owners have mandatory automobile coverage on their commercial fleet or business vehicles. Even if your personal vehicle is partially use for business purposes, your auto policy should be rated accordingly. A breakdown of the automobile insurance coverage offered by Tradition Mutual Insurance is as follows:  

Third Party Vehicle Liability - This mandatory auto coverage protects you or your business if you are responsible for a third party's injries or property damage. Typical limits for this coverage are 1 million 2 million or 5 million. 

Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD) - This mandatory auto coverage protects your business vehicle when you are partially at fault or 100% not at fault. This particular auto coverage allows you to deal with Tradition Mutual Insurance directly instead of suing the driver or going after the 3rd party insurance company to recover your damages.

Accident Benefits - In the event you or the occupants of your work vehicle are injured this mandatory auto coverage protects you regardless of fault.  

Collision or Upset - This optional coverage provides you as a business owner the coverage for your vehicle caused by impact with an object such as a tree or a third party vehicle. This coverage also applies if your vehicle flips over for any reason. 

Comprehensive - This optional coverage provides you as a business owner the coverage for your vehicle caused by a loss other than collision or upset. Losses such as hail, vandalism, fire, theft, flood or even being dumped off a ferry to lighten the load in the event of a storm would be provided under this coverage.

All Perils - This optional coverage combines collision/upset and comprehensive and offers added protection for theft of your commercial vehicle for an employee who has access to the vehicle.

Tradition's Added Protection - Tradition Mutual Insurance offers optional business vehicle coverage such as vehicle replacement coverage called the OPCF20 which gives you commercial rental vehicle after an insured loss of your vehicle while it is being replaced or repaired. We also offer accident forgiveness coverage which guarantees that your commercial auto insurance premiums will not increase to your renewal as a result of your first chargeable at fault loss involving your business vehicle. This coverage can be added for each vehicle in your commercial fleet for each primary operator of each business vehicle. 

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REstaurant Property Insurance 


As a business owners, whether you own, rent, or lease a building, a commercial property insurance coverage is very important. The following is a brief overview of the types of physical damage coverage you should consider having a business owner. 

Building Insurance- If you own a building used commercially, this policy is designed to provide coverage for a variety of perils such as fire, smoke, wind, vandalism, etc. 


Content Insurance - This portion of a commercial insurance policy protects your physical assets of your business including stock, equipment, software, furniture, machinery and tools. Perils include fire, water damage, vandalism or theft. 

Crime Insurance - This portion of a commercial insurance policy protects you for actual money loss due to theft such as employee dishonesty.

Business Interruption Insurance: If you need to temporarily shut down your restaurant due to a claim, Tradition's business interruption insurance covers the income you have lost as a business during the time it takes to restore your operations back to what they would normally be. Commercial interruption insurance is essential to ensure that the bottom line of your business doesn't take a hit in the event of a insured loss. 

Equipment Breakdown Insurance- This part of the insurance policy provides you as a business with coverage to repair or fix equipment that breaks down to mechanical or electrical malfunction.

Water Protection InsuranceSewer back-up and drain backup coverage is available for your building and commercial contents in the event of damage caused by the backing up or overflow of water from within sewers, sumps, septic tanks or drains. The coverage can also be extended for damage that fall into the peril of catastrophic flooding. 

Earthquake Insurance 

Earthquake coverage is available upon request in the case of damage to your building or contents resulting from an earthquake.

Frequently Asked REstaurant insurance Questions

Why Do I Need Restaurant Commercial Insurance?

There are a variety of practical reasons why a restaurant needs a commercial insurance policy. First of all, a commercial general policy covers the costs that can arise from property damage, liability lawsuits and defense costs in the event of an insured loss. Here are some additional reasons why Tradition Mutual Insurance often provides commercial insurance for retail business owners:

  • Restaurant Business Insurance and a commercial lease - Many retailers and other startups look go rent or lease an office, showroom or retail space. In such cases, the landlord offering the lease typically will require that you have commercial general liability insurance (CGL.) This type of coverage protects your business against allegations of personal injury or property damage to a third party for which your business is found legally responsible. The business offering the lease wants to ensure you have coverage to ensure they are not drawn into a lawsuit.  

  • Restaurant Business Insurance and Tradeshows - Business insurance is an important factor in networking and advertising your services or products. Many tradeshows, convention centres, farmer’s markets, job fairs and company gathering venues will request that a business provide proof of insurance for a certain minimum amount of coverage (typically a 2 million CGL policy limit or proof of tenant legal liability) before being permitted to have access to the event or location.

  • Ontario customers requesting proof of insurance  Ontario restaurant customers are becoming more and more savvy. Customers hear the horror stories through social media of a restaurant business owners that offers a service or product that didn’t have commercial insurance and the consumer was left footing the cost for physical damage or bodily injury. A certificate of liability insurance can make your business much more credible to Ontario consumers and includes coverage/liability limits, insurance company name, policy number, effective/expiry dates. 



Who Needs Restaurant Insurance?


All Ontario startups and restaurant businesses should have business insurance. Business insurance is critical for the long-term financial success of a business. If someone slips and falls at your business or even your home-based business, you could face a costly lawsuit. Many small business owners would agree that commercial insurance is essential for anyone who owns a business because it covers the costs that can arise from property damage, liability lawsuits and defense costs in the event of a loss.  Without business insurance, a business owner would have to cover the damages and legal costs made against their company out of pocket.  




Can I Do without Restaurant Insurance?

If you are not required by a commercial landlord, municipality, city, consumer or another business to have a restaurant insurance policy, there are a few other questions that a restaurant business owner should consider to make sure you are 100% confident that you don’t need retail business insurance coverage.


  • Does my restaurant business have enough money or assets available to rebuild my business if it should experience a catastrophic water, wind, fire or smoke claim.


  • Does my restaurant business have enough money or assets available to defend itself to settle a liability lawsuit?


  • In the event of an insured loss, how many months can my restaurant business go without business income while still meeting my financial obligations?




What is the Cost of Restaurant Insurance?

As a restaurant business owner, you want to make sure you can find the cheapest and best commercial insurance option. Prioritizing costs is normal in this uncertain economic climate. If you are simply wanting 2 million commercial general liability (CGL) and nothing more, your policy could be around $500 a year. If you are wanting a package option including some retail business interruption coverage or content and equipment coverage, your policy could be closer to $725 a year. The type of commercial policy will cause these costs to vary. Depending on your restaurant business, a number of factors determine the cost of your business insurance such as:

  • The industry that you work in in the restaurant sector

  • The years of experience in that particular part of the restaurant industry

  • Yearly revenue of your restaurant business

  • Claims and insurance history

  • Coverage limits and restaurant business insurance deductibles

  • Risk exposure. ie policy such as the kind of food served, building type, territory etc.

  • If you're bundling your policy with commercial auto insurance for your restaurant business

  • If your quote factors in paying yearly or monthly   

To get a free, no-obligation quote to determine the cost of your retail business insurance, give Kyle Wijnands at Tradition Mutual Insurance a call at 519-393-3246 today.






Do I Need Business Insurance if I Work from Home?


A home insurance policy isn’t designed to provide commercial coverages for a home-based restaurant business unless it is specifically noted as an extension on the policy. Commercial liability and content coverage is typically excluded under a residential home insurance policy. If you own your own business, then it is necessary that you have this business insurance set up. If you simply work for a company at your own home, it is best to confirm that you are covered for liability and business contents by your employer’s business insurance policy. If you are the owner for a home-based business, I would recommend that you purchase commercial insurance.

  • A home based business typically has office supplies, inventory and equipment. All three can be exposed to a variety of perils such as fire, smoke, water or theft.

  • Products or services that you offer could cause bodily injury of property damage to a 3rd party. A CGL policy is designed to protect your home-based business in the event of an insured claim.

  • A customer or visitor who comes on your home premises could be injured from falling ice, be bit by an animal or slip and fall on the premises. These are just a few incidents that could lead to a costly lawsuit that the home insurance policy is likely to be excluded.  



What Does Restaurant Insurance Cover my Business For?

  • Property insurance: Coverage built into a business insurance policy for damage to your business property including stock, equipment, contents and buildings.

  • General Liability Insurance: Coverage built into a business insurance policy for bodily injury or property damage to a 3rd party.  

  • Business Interruption Insurance: Coverage built into a business insurance policy for lost income due to physical loss or damage to your business assets as a result of an insured peril.

  • Crime Insurance: This includes inside or outside robbery coverage, money and securities protection. A business can also chose to have employee disappearance, destruction and dishonesty coverage as well.

  • Commercial additional agreements: Additional coverages built into the policy. Please contact Kyle Wijnands for a summary of these coverages.

  • Equipment Breakdown Insurance, Flood Insurance, Earthquake Insurance and Sewer/Sump/Drain Backup Insurance.

How Do I Know What Type of Restaurant Insurance is Needed?

No two businesses are the same. Whether you are casual dining, fine dining, fast food or family style, your restaurant is unique. When you call Kyle Wijnands, he will personally assess your business insurance needs to make sure you have a commercial insurance package that fits your unique needs. His thorough risk assessment of your business is free and there is no-obligation. Give him a call at 519-393-3246 today.



What are the Different Types of Restaurant Insurance?


The following is a breakdown of each category if restaurant insurance types that Tradition Mutual can discuss the potential of setting up a policy. This list is not exhaustive so if you don't see your type of retail stores listed, give me a call today at 519-393-3246 and I will see what type of retail package Tradition Mutual can offer!  

Hospitality Insurance 

  • Restaurant Insurance -  No alcohol

  • Drive-in Restaurant Insurance & Refreshment Stands/Chip Stands

  • Take out Food Service Insurance 

  • Hotels Insurance - Year Round Licensed (L)

  • Hotels Insurance -  Year Round Not Licensed

  • Hotels Insurance - Seasonal (Resorts) Licensed (L)

  • Hotels Insurance - Seasonal (Resorts) Not Licensed

  • Bed & Breakfast Insurance - Tourist Homes

  • Airbnb Insurance 

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