OUR FASCINATING HISTORY

Established in 1839, 28 years before Confederation, Gore Mutual is Canada’s oldest property and casualty insurance company. The founding members of our organization could never have envisioned that over 175 years later, the company and its employees would continue to deliver strong innovative products and solutions to our customers backed by genuine personal service and the values of stability and trust that makes a mutual company so special.

1839

The Journey Begins

The first meeting and founding of the Gore Mutual Fire Insurance Company at a Brantford, Ontario schoolhouse.

1846

Growing a Network

Mr. Thomas Rich is hired as a travelling agent at a salary of £200 per year. He has to cover all expenses himself, including his own horse.

1852

On the right track.

The Grand Trunk Railway receives its charter. Gore Mutual welcomes the opportunity to use the railway to grow its network, expanding across Ontario.

1916

Pledging support.

Gore Mutual pledges $50,000 to support the Canadian war effort in WWI. It will pledge another $100,000 in 1941 for WWII.

1935

Gore Mutual goes west.

The company is first licensed in British Columbia in July of 1935.

1939

Taking to the roads.

In its centennial year, Gore Mutual offers automobile insurance for the first time.

1952

Lending a helping hand.

Gore Mutual pledges $75,000 towards the new building of the South Waterloo Memorial Hospital, now Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

1974

A partner to be counted on.

Gore Mutual helps the victims of the Grand River Flood. The water reaches a depth of six feet in the Galt downtown area.

1998

Passion for community.

The Gore Mutual Foundation is established and it supports over 100 charities across Canada annually.

2016

Renewing our mutual strength.

When legislation is established to allow for demutualization, Gore Mutual chooses to remain a mutual company to continue delivering stability, trust and innovation to customers and brokers alike for decades to come. Our future is firmly planted in what matters most - people.