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Surety Bonds

A safety net against financial risks.

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Surety Bonds

A safety net against financial risks.

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What is Surety Insurance?

Surety insurance in Canada, often referred to as “surety bonds” or simply “surety,” is a financial guarantee that ensures contractual obligations are fulfilled. It’s not a traditional insurance product but rather a form of credit where the surety company or insurer guarantees to a project owner (the obligee) that a contractor (the principal) will perform the work or pay a specified amount if they fail to fulfill their contractual obligations.

How do Surety Bonds Work?

There are three different groups involved in a surety agreement, including the Project Owner (the obligee), the Contractor (the Principal), and the Surety (the insurance company or surety company that provides the bond). This triad forms the backbone of the surety agreement, ensuring that the contractual commitments are respected, and the project progresses smoothly towards completion, with each party’s interests adequately safeguarded.

How Much Do Surety Bonds Cost?

The costs of surety bonds vary widely based on various factors, including the type of bond, the amount of the bond, the industry, the perceived risk, and the creditworthiness of the individual or business seeking the bond. Typically, the cost of a surety bond is a percentage of the total bond amount.

Types of Surety Bonds

  • Contract Surety Bond: Ensures a contractor fulfills their contractual obligations or compensates the project owner.
  • Court Surety Bond: Guarantees an individual’s compliance with court directives or protects estate assets during legal proceedings.
  • Commercial Surety Bond: Guarantees adherence to laws and regulations, often required for business licensing or contractual obligations.

Surety Bonds

The bond types above can include Performance Bonds, Labour and Material Payment Bonds and Tendering Stage of Contract Acquisition. These bond types are commonly used in the construction industry. Each bond has a purpose, function and benefit and are essential for contractual obligations to be met.

Why Choose Caldwell Roach Insurance?

Local Expertise, Personal Touch

Our roots run deep in the Maritime soil. Our agents are not just insurance experts; they’re your neighbors, familiar with the challenges and joys of Maritime living. They’re here to provide tailored advice, ensuring your coverage meets your individual needs.

After-Hours Claims Service.

Open 8 am – 6 pm, Monday-Friday. We provide after-hours claims services. We understand that questions and concerns don’t have a schedule, and neither does our commitment to you.

Claims Process: Fair, Fast, Focused on You

A claims process should be transparent, efficient, and above all, compassionate. We work tirelessly to ensure that your claims are handled swiftly and with the utmost care, so you can focus on what truly matters—rebuilding and moving forward.

What Industries Commonly Need Surety Insurance?


The most common user of surety bonds. Often required to provide these bonds to guarantee their performance and the payment of subcontractors and suppliers. From small-scale renovations to large infrastructure projects, surety bonds are integral in instilling trust and ensuring that projects are completed according to the contract.


Manufacturers may need surety bonds to guarantee the fulfillment of contracts, especially when dealing with large orders or international trade. These bonds protect the buyers by ensuring that manufacturers deliver goods as agreed, maintaining the supply chain’s integrity and reliability.


Supplier bonds assure that businesses provide their products or services as promised, adhering to the terms of purchase orders and contracts. This is crucial in industries where the timely delivery of high-quality supplies directly impacts the business operations, such as in the healthcare, automotive, or technology sectors.

Other Industries

Various other industries also utilize surety bonds to safeguard their operations and maintain professional standards, including service providers, real estate, transportation, and healthcare.

Surety Bond & Insurance FAQs

The time it takes to obtain a surety bond can vary depending on the type of bond, the complexity of the application, and the underwriting process. Generally, simple bonds can be issued within a few days, but more complex bonds, especially those requiring detailed financial reviews, may take several weeks. It’s best to start the application process as early as possible to ensure you have the bond when needed.

Yes, it’s possible to get a surety bond with bad credit, but it may be more challenging and potentially more expensive. The terms and premium will depend on the severity of the credit issues and the type of bond required. Some surety and insurance companies specialize in working with applicants with less-than-perfect credit.

Typically, surety bond premiums are not refundable once the bond is issued. The premium compensates the surety for the risk taken and the services provided. However, in certain circumstances, such as if a bond is canceled before the end of its term, a prorated refund may be possible. It’s important to read the terms of your bond agreement carefully.

If a claim is made against your surety bond, the surety or insurance company will investigate to determine if the claim is valid. If the claim is valid, the surety will typically pay the claimant up to the bond amount and then seek reimbursement from you (the principal). This process underscores the importance of fulfilling your contractual and legal obligations to avoid claims.

While surety bonds and insurance both involve risk management, they are not the same. Insurance is designed to protect the insured from unforeseen losses, with the risk spread across all policyholders. In contrast, a surety bond is a guarantee that the principal will fulfill specific obligations to a third party (the obligee). If the principal fails to meet these obligations, the surety pays the obligee, but then the principal must reimburse the surety. Hence, the risk is not spread but remains with the principal.

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