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How IBC would change auto insurance regulation in four provinces

June 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador should be allowed to buy pay-per mile insurance, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official says. Those four provinces already allow usage-based insurance, wrote Ryan Stein, IBC’s executive director of auto

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How this motorist missed out on his senior’s discount

June 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When a British Columbia motorist turned 65 in 2017, he did not immediately get the senior rate class discount, so he tried to sue the public auto insurer for a refund. But the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal ruled in favour

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How auto dealership closures affected the industry

June 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry saw a steep drop this past April in the number of auto clients seeking policies for new vehicles, and it’s not clear how long a more recent rebound will last, the head of LowestRates.ca

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Intact predicts two-year hard market in auto

June 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the number of kilometres driven drops during the pandemic, consumers can expect to get a break on their auto insurance – and expect a hard market to pick up after the pandemic, Intact Financial CEO Charles Brindamour warns. “We

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Manitoba auto insurance rates to drop 10 per cent, pending regulator approval

June 17, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Manitoba drivers could soon be paying less for their vehicle insurance. Manitoba Public Insurance has applied for an average 10.5 per cent cut in overall rates, which it says would save the typical passenger vehicle owner about $130

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Why brokers should ask clients about trailers

June 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As pandemic restrictions start to loosen and campgrounds open for the summer, brokers might want to ask home and auto customers if they own trailers. “It’s up to the broker to find out what type of trailer a customer owns,

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Are you sure you are not violating Ontario’s ‘take all comers’ auto rule?

June 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you fail to renew a client’s Ontario auto policy, even if that client missed a payment, you could attract close scrutiny from the provincial regulator. Ontario law prohibits insurers from declining to issue, terminating, or refusing to renew an

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Why Ontario auto liability coverage should get cheaper

June 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurers may have a hard time raising rates as much as they were before May 15; a major factor could be a controversial change to the dispute resolution process that took effect four years ago. New loss trend

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Nissan recalls nearly 1.9M cars for pesky hood latch

June 4, 2020 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – For the fourth time, Nissan is recalling hundreds  – of thousands of midsize cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a nagging latch problem that may allow the hood fly open while cars are moving. The latest

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Car sharing service Turo says launch into B.C. market is ‘imminent’

May 28, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Fans of car-sharing services in British Columbia are about to get another option within weeks of the closure of two other car-share businesses in the province. Turo, which describes itself as the world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing platform,

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How these two auto insurers rate Gender X differently

May 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Pembridge Insurance Company plans to start rating motorists who identify themselves as ‘Gender X’ in Nova Scotia, charging Gender X motorists the same as women, the province’s regulator announced Tuesday. Through its Pembridge unit, Allstate writes home and auto insurance

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Guns, drugs, cash seized in organized crime probe of Toronto area tow truck industry

May 26, 2020 Liam Casey -THE CANADIAN PRESS

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Four alleged organized criminal organizations that operated as rival tow truck companies involved in a violent battle for territory in the Toronto area have been dismantled, police said Tuesday. York regional police said the alleged crimes involved