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ICBC launches education campaign on insurance fraud

February 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced on Monday that it has launched an education campaign aimed at helping to prevent insurance fraud. ICBC said in a statement that while most claims are honest, insurance industry studies estimate that

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Free windshield chip repair to be included in ICBC optional coverage

February 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia announced Wednesday it will offer optional coverage for windshield repair for private passenger vehicles as well as some commercial light vehicles. “Starting this spring, customers who purchase ICBC’s optional comprehensive coverage will be able to

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Blast of winter smashes snowfall records in Abbotsford, Vancouver

February 6, 2017 The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Snowfall records across southern British Columbia are falling as a winter storm continues to wallop the region. The white stuff has been flying since Friday, prompting Environment Canada to issue snowfall warnings for many areas along the

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ICBC board finalizes terms of reference for independent review of insurance rates

January 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Board of Directors (BoD) has finalized the terms of reference for an independent review of the fairness and affordability of basic insurance rates in the province, with the idea being to limit future

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B.C. directs ICBC to conduct review of insurance rates, approve Basic rate increase of no more than 4.9%

December 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of British Columbia has directed the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) board to commission a comprehensive, independent third-party review to look at a range of options and make recommendations that will “keep insurance rates affordable and align

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B.C. transportation ministry to use helicopter to clear Vancouver-area bridge cables of snow

December 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced on Friday that it will use a heavy-lift helicopter to clear cables on the Alex Fraser bridge of ice and snow. Over the past couple of weeks, chunks of ice were reported

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ICBC identifies over 3,000 possible fraud alerts on open claims with new analytics software

December 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has discovered 3,300 possible fraud alerts on open claims over the last three years following a review with a new analytics tool. ICBC reported on Thursday that it has signed a five-year agreement

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Crews in B.C. preparing bridges for safety in anticipation of second snowfall

December 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is advising drivers in Metro Vancouver that “work is well underway” to prepare the Alex Fraser and Port Mann bridges for a snowfall expected later Thursday. On Tuesday, the Canadian Press reported that

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B.C. government will no longer insure luxury cars to help eliminate pressures on basic insurance rates

November 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of British Columbia announced on Wednesday that it will no longer insure the high-end luxury car rate class – cars worth $150,000 and over – “so that the broader ratepayer is not subsidizing these cars.” The owners of

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Impact of June Ontario auto changes ‘will be something to see going forward:’ A.M. Best

November 13, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

It is too early to gauge the exact financial impact, on insurers, of Ontario auto changes that took effect this past June, and in the meantime, the mandated 15% rate reduction announced three years ago is still affecting loss ratios,

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ICBC helps launch pedestrian safety campaign as crashes “spike at this time of year”

October 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has launched a pedestrian safety campaign with the provincial government and police to urge pedestrians and drivers to stay safe as “crashes involving pedestrians spike at this time of year.” On average, 59

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ICBC asks for 4.9% increase to basic insurance rates, lower than last year’s 5.5% increase

August 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced on Thursday that it will submit its 2016 basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission, asking for a 4.9% increase to basic insurance rates – lower than last year’s 5.5%