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New innocent co-insured law does not apply retroactively: Appeal Court

May 18, 2022 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s new innocent co-insured law does not apply retroactively to claims events that happened before the legislation was passed, the Ontario Appeal Court has ruled. The co-insured rule restricts application of insurers’ policy exclusions for criminal acts only to those

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Forest fire in northeast Ontario community forces residents to evacuate

May 17, 2022 by The Canadian Press

A forest fire has forced the evacuation of residents in a community north of Sudbury, Ont.   Conservation officers and Ontario Provincial Police assisted with the precautionary evacuation of Shining Tree, Ont., residents Saturday afternoon after a forest fire broke out

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What cottagers may overlook when it comes to seasonal insurance

May 17, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

With the May long weekend just around the corner, many Canadians will be packing their bags and heading up to the cottage, but a post-pandemic surge of demand may mean a lot of cottage rentals, and some important points of

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Ontario auto: Should employee benefits or auto insurers pay out first?

May 17, 2022 by Jason Contant

If the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party moves ahead with one of its proposed changes to auto insurance, it could result in increased claims costs for auto insurers, or else shift the burden more onto extended (supplementary) health insurance policies, says

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What Intact’s CEO thinks of Ontario’s auto insurance budget

May 16, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Intact’s CEO Charles Brindamour said he is “quite thrilled” with some of the auto insurance reform measures contained in Ontario government’s proposed budget. Brindamour commented on the budget proposals for auto insurance reform during a Virtual Fireside Chat with RBC

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Kenora, Ont., residents told to watch for possible flooding amid rising water levels

May 16, 2022 by The Canadian Press

A city in northwestern Ontario is monitoring water levels and telling residents to watch for the possibility of flooding. That comes after an evacuation order was issued by the City of Kenora on Friday that said hundreds of residents were

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Ontario Liberals eye auto insurance rates and towing sector

May 13, 2022 by Philip Porado

Ontario Liberals want to bring down auto insurance rates but not via percentage targets, as envisioned by the New Democrats. “We will also work tirelessly to bring down auto insurance rates,” said Ontario Liberal Party press secretary Andrea Ernesaks. She noted that will

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NDP auto platform: 40% rate cut, frozen rate increases, and a Fair Pricing Commission

May 11, 2022 by Jason Contant

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has proposed to lower auto insurance rates by 40% and investigate a “new system” for auto insurance that could include a public or partially public system.  Horwath says if she is elected premier in the

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Pot shop sales data was ‘misappropriated,’ Ontario cannabis distributor says

May 11, 2022 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says a data breach involving some of its sales information is being investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police. Daffyd Roderick, a spokesperson for the Crown agency responsible for distributing cannabis from producers to pot

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaks to the media before visiting communities across the GTA, as part of the 2022 Ontario election campaign trail, at Queen's Park in Toronto, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
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Ontario Election: NDP plans to ban postal code rating for auto insurance

May 10, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Editor’s Note: The Conservative government outlined its plans for insurance in their budget document, released before the Ontario election, which will take place June 2. Canadian Underwriter is asking Ontario’s political parties for their platforms on insurance. We are printing

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Will Ontario’s budget proposals actually reduce auto rates?

May 4, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

To reduce Ontario auto insurance rates substantially, fairer rating systems and offering usage-based insurance (UBI) may be most effective, says one industry observer. The Ontario government is proposing measures to reduce the cost of auto insurance. Among them, it is

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Why Barrie’s 2021 tornado damage was “largely preventable”

May 4, 2022 by Jason Contant

More than 35 years after a deadly tornado in Barrie, Ont. – the site of another strong tornado last year – the industry is still looking for modernizations to the Ontario Building Code and tornado protection construction practices. “Since before