I continually read comments espousing the 'safety' of GIC's as investments. Assuming that GIC's are best held by the risk-adverse who want to protect principal, then isn't it prudent to understand the parameters around CDIC coverage? Even though it's unlikely that Canada's big banks will fail, according to CDIC website, 43 CDIC member institutions have failed since CDIC inception in 1967. I'm asking because a senior friend is this type of investor and his GIC's are structured to maximize CDIC coverage. Am I missing information? Am I over-concerned?