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Insurers, collision repairers tout benefits of proposed mandatory certification

October 5, 2020 by Adam Malik

A push to require Ontario collision repair shops to meet minimum standards when repairing vehicles is expected to even out the playing field, make the claims process run more smoothly, help client satisfaction, make roads safer, and potentially bring down

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One certifiable way to improve the driver’s claims journey

October 1, 2020 by Adam Malik

Drivers in Ontario can anticipate a smoother claims journey if collision repair shops in the province are certified in the future as expected, according to a pair of experts. Currently, the national trade association that represents collision repairers is in

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Winners and losers of the COVID-19 quarter

September 24, 2020 by David Gambrill

Although COVID-19 infected the underwriting results of the entire P&C insurance industry, it did not affect all insurance organizations equally, as recent data released by MSA Research shows. “The overall picture that emerges at the end of June is one

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Why Uber Canada dropped Intact as its insurance provider

September 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ride sharing firm Uber Canada chose Economical as its insurance provider because Uber would not agree to Intact’s pricing, a senior Intact executive said Tuesday. “We had a very good relationship, we just couldn’t agree on the price,” Intact CFO

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Brokerage M&A activity surges amid pandemic

September 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokerage consolidation has exploded, with at least six acquisitions announced across Canada in the past week. Most recently, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group  announced Wednesday the closing of four deals, adding new retail offices in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.

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What is the future of ridesharing insurance in Canada?

August 27, 2020 by Jason Contant

Once autonomous vehicle technology becomes commercially feasible for public transportation, it will be widely adopted, predicts Obaid Rahman, vice president of commercial underwriting and specialty lines at Economical Insurance. “In my view, when autonomous technology is commercially viable for public

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How possible is a hybrid insurance model for the sharing economy?

August 24, 2020 by Jason Contant

Being able to distinguish between personal and commercial usage is one of the biggest unique differences with underwriting for the sharing economy, but the abundance of data available makes a hybrid insurance model possible, Economical Insurance said recently. “You can

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Economical to take over commercial ridesharing insurance coverage from Intact

August 21, 2020 by Jason Contant

Economical Insurance will replace Intact Insurance as the commercial auto insurer for Uber in four Canadian provinces effective Sept. 1. Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical announced Tuesday in a press release the “new and significant relationship with Uber in Canada, designed to

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As provincial economies re-open, insurers eye their auto claims frequencies

August 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

As if it weren’t enough with all of the recent news reports about natural catastrophe losses in Alberta, and claims against insurers for business interruption losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another, more familiar risk looming on the

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How COVID has changed Intact’s digital journey

August 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Intact Financial Corp. offers digital services and some of these changes could be permanent. Since several provinces imposed lockdown measures in March after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Intact has

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The Herculean task required to reduce liability claims involving autonomous vehicles

July 30, 2020 by Adam Malik

Autonomous vehicles need their own space to operate, a report says, and auto executives agree that putting them on the same roads as human-driven cars in a mixed-use environment will only increase liability claims. “As autonomous technology develops and matures,

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Edmonton man recalls comforting victims of fatal bus rollover

July 24, 2020 by Lauren Krugel -  THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ahad Saheem and his friend were taking pictures and drinking cold, clean water from the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park when they heard a loud noise behind them. A red-and-white sightseeing bus with giant tires, just like the one