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Press release from CNW Group

Intact Financial Corporation files final short form base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplement

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Intact Financial Corporation files final short form base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplement17:17 EDT Tuesday, July 05, 2011/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/TORONTO, July 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Intact Financial Corporation (TSX:IFC) announced today that it has obtained a receipt for a final short form base shelf prospectus that will allow the company to offer up to $2.5 billion in any combination of debt, preferred or common share securities, subscription receipts, warrants, share purchase contracts and units over the next 25 months. This prospectus replaces a similar one filed in May 2009, which expired last month.Intact also announced that it has filed a supplement to its base shelf prospectus to establish a medium term note (MTN) program that would allow the company to issue up to $750 million in unsecured medium term notes.The nature, size and timing of any financings under the base shelf prospectus or the MTN prospectus supplement will depend on Intact's assessment of its funding requirements and general market conditions. When securities covered by the base shelf prospectus or the MTN supplement are offered for sale, a prospectus supplement or a pricing supplement containing terms of these securities will be provided. Unless otherwise specified in the prospectus supplement or pricing supplement, Intact will use the net proceeds from the sale of securities for general corporate purposes.This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, prior to qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  Securities that would be issued would not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and would not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States of America, its territories, its possessions and other areas subject to its jurisdiction or to, or for the account or benefit of, a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933) except in certain transactions exempt from the requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933.About Intact Financial CorporationIntact Financial Corporation (www.intacfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada with $4.5 billion in premiums. Its 7,500 employees and network of more than 1,800 insurance brokerages offer home, auto and business insurance under the Intact Insurance, Novex Group Insurance, belairdirect and GP Car and Home brands.For further information: Media inquiries         Investor inquiries Gilles Gratton          Dennis Westfall Vice President, Corporate Communications      Director, Investor Relations 416 217 7206         416 341 1464, ext 45122 gilles.gratton@intact.net       dennis.westfall@intact.net