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Board finds insurance reserves regulation “invalid”

December 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) has found a recently enacted insurance reserves regulation to be “invalid.” The Reserves Regulation sets out the manner of determining the amount to be maintained by the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Corporation in its reserves

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How this insurer is using an online game format to reduce teen driver collisions

October 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is using an online game format in an attempt to help reduce collisions among teen drivers. The MPI-developed Driver Z online platform and curriculum is organized on a map that spans six zones. By completing elessons,

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Brokers react to public auto insurer’s online ambitions

October 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists in Manitoba should be able to get online insurance services – such as change of address – but brokers should have some involvement in these processes, an official with the province’s brokers’ association told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “We are

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Public insurer’s Top 5 fraud cases of 2018

January 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has released its annual Top 5 list of insurance fraud cases for 2018. The list is compiled based on the unique circumstances of each fraud, financial savings to MPI ratepayer and “investigative excellence in unearthing the

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Auto fraud getting worse, insurer says

August 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPI) is reporting an increase in auto insurance fraud, including false claims for income replacement benefits. “Disturbingly, the corporation’s special investigation unit is seeing an increase in fraudulent activity,” the province’s public auto insurer reported Friday.

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Public insurer requests modest rate increase

June 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has requested a 2.2% overall rate increase for the 2019-20 insurance year in its general rate application (GRA), filed with the provincial Public Utilities Board. If approved, the average passenger vehicle owner will pay about $27

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MPI reveals estimated insurance costs of distracted drivers

April 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

The direct insurance costs associated with distracted driving in Manitoba are estimated to be at least $70 million per year, the province’s government auto insurer reported recently. Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) spokesperson Brian Smiley told Canadian Underwriter that direct insurance costs

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If a car is parked in the forest, is it fraud?

March 20, 2018 by Jason Contant

Out of sight, out of mind? That expression could be used to describe a recent Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) fraud case in which a hunter, deep in the backwoods of the Interlake, was amazed to come across a car in

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Ridesharing company expresses interest in Manitoba following time band controversy

January 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) has not received any appeals to its order relating to a unique “time band” approach to insuring ridesharing in Winnipeg, a PUB spokesperson told Canadian Underwriter on Monday. “My guess is that the applicant [Manitoba

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Provincial board approves new ride-hailing insurance rates

January 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board has approved new insurance rates for ride-hailing company drivers that businesses such as Uber and Lyft have said will keep them setting up shop in Winnipeg. The board has given approval to a Manitoba

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Uber says no to MPI’s unique approach for insuring ridesharing

January 12, 2018 by David Gambrill

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)’s novel “time band” approach for insuring ridesharing companies backfired when Uber took a pass on the model recently. “This product structure differs greatly from insurance models in place across North America (including Ontario, Alberta and Quebec)

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Top 5 auto frauds in Manitoba last year

January 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has released its top five frauds of 2017. The annual list is selected by reviewing a number of factors, including “sheer uniqueness of the fraud, financial savings for MPI and investigative excellence in unearthing the fraud.”