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Intact CEO’s forecast for auto rate relief in 2021

February 24, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

It could be up to a year before driving habits return to normal, but don’t expect many of your clients to pay less for auto insurance. Those were a couple of key takeaways from a recent Intact earnings call. “It

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The future of auto claims if everyone keeps working from home

February 23, 2021 by David Gambrill

Auto insurers will be watching very carefully to see how future working-from-home arrangements will affect downtown traffic patterns — and hence, auto insurance claims — during the post-pandemic era, says an RSA Canada claims executive. Government lockdowns to avoid the

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Telematics surcharges arrive for Ontario auto

February 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario motorists who choose usage-based insurance could now be hit with surcharges if telematics data shows they have risky driving behaviour. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) removed its UBI Guidance this past November, a FRSA spokesperson told Canadian Underwriter

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Unintended M&A consequence: A shrinking carrier residual market

February 3, 2021 by Adam Malik

The number of carriers supporting Canada’s residual market for high-risk auto insureds is shrinking thanks to a combination of player withdrawal and mergers and acquisition activity. Tackling this issue is one of a number of priorities for the Facility Association

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Telematics: Who’s jumping into the pool and who’s watching from the deck

January 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurers are taking a variety of approaches to telematics: Some are observing from the sidelines, while others report growing interest from consumers. The Travelers Companies Inc. introduced IntelliDrive in Canada last week, as Michael Klein, president of personal insurance

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When GAP insurance is an ‘easy profit maker’ for auto dealer

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Guaranteed Asset Protection is one way for automotive dealers to make money from consumers who make large down payments on their new vehicles, an automotive columnist suggests. GAP insurance is intended to protect consumers who borrow money to buy their

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Mystery solved: Phantom passenger loses accident benefits case

January 6, 2021 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) has denied accident benefits to a claimant who said she had been injured in an auto collision, finding that the claimant could not prove she was actually in the car when the accident happened. Maxine

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How family protection endorsement works when multiple tortfeasors liable

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling that reduced an Ontario auto insurer’s liability by more than $500,000 is now final. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Dec. 10 it will not hear an appeal from Gregory Tuffnail, who was

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What Ontario’s auto dealer overseer says about GAP insurance

November 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Guarantee asset protection, or GAP insurance, can address the risk of a consumer having negative equity as a result of borrowing money to buy a car, suggests the head of the organization that regulates Ontario’s motor vehicle dealers. GAP is

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Which insurer has to pay if garage loaner vehicle causes an accident

November 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the driver of a loaner vehicle provided by an auto service centre is sued by an accident victim in Alberta, the insurer of the loaner vehicle may be the first payor. This is what happened when Northwest Acura in

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New CEO for Manitoba government auto insurer

November 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Manitoba Public Insurance has hired Eric Herbelin, a former senior strategist for Zurich Insurance, as its new CEO, effective Jan. 4. Herbelin worked in Switzerland for Zurich from 2001 through 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile. MPI announced Herbelin’s appointment

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5th Top Story in 2020: Intact to exit this line of business

October 28, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s largest insurer announced late Tuesday that its brands Intact Insurance and belairdirect will no longer offer optional auto coverage in British Columbia.  “This decision was taken after careful consideration, given the upcoming regulatory changes in the province that will