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A CEO is injured while jogging. Does his personal or commercial auto benefits apply?

March 8, 2022 by David Gambrill

A company CEO who has both personal and commercial auto insurance is not considered to be a “deemed insured” under the commercial auto policy if he has never before driven a company vehicle – even if he had access to

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Court upholds minor injury guideline on shoulder tears

March 7, 2022 by David Gambrill

Partial shoulder tears are “minor injuries” under Ontario’s Minor Injury Guidelines (MIG), which cap accident benefits for drivers suffering minor injuries at $3,500, the License Appeal Tribunal (LAT) has confirmed. Mohd’Ismail Patel, a delivery truck driver, was injured in an

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Lawsuit arising from 1982 vehicle accident dismissed in 2021

December 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A negligence lawsuit against a plaintiff’s lawyer by an Ontario claimant who was injured in a 1982 motor vehicle accident has been thrown out of court. The claimant settled his accident benefits and tort claims in 1999, when he was

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Ontario clients can operate these large trucks with no formal course

December 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Two years after flagging the issue, Ontario’s auditor general says the transportation ministry has made “little to no progress” in mandating formal training for drivers of all large commercial vehicles. In Ontario, Class A licensed commercial operators need a formal

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Ontario budget highlights property flood risk

March 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are applauding the Ontario government for its commitment to improve flood mapping and to provide more money for municipal water infrastructure, measures that the industry hopes will reduce the risk of water damage to insured properties. In a press

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What’s behind reduced auto risk sharing pool usage

March 11, 2021 by Adam Malik

The use of risk sharing pools for private passenger auto insurance in Ontario and Alberta dropped last year, according to Facility Association. And when it came to the overall usage of risk sharing pools across the country, there was a

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The good news and bad news about Ontario auto

September 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance rates were 3.7% lower in the second quarter of 2020, than in the same period in 2019, but were still higher than in the three months ending March 30, 2020, data released Tuesday by LowestRates.ca suggests. “COVID

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Forest fire continues to grow near town in northwestern Ontario

August 12, 2020 The Canadian Press

RED LAKE, Ont. – Residents of Red Lake, Ont., continue to flee the community as a nearby wildfire continues to grow. A spokesman for provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General says aircraft are available to help with evacuations, and about

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New boiler inspection rules coming to Ontario agriculture

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An exemption from inspection rules for boilers and pressure vessels in Ontario’s agricultural sector is coming to an end. Starting next year, boilers and pressure vessels will have to get a certificate of inspection from the province’s Technical Standards and

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to

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Briefing Note: Ontario

July 6, 2020 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Auto reform has been the province’s biggest concern over the past year, says Colin Simpson, CEO of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario. “Inflation on physical damage has been reported to be about 6% to 7% a year,” he says.

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How long it’s taking now to approve Ontario auto rate filings

June 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The average Ontario auto insurance filing now takes less than two weeks to get approved, the provincial regulator told Canadian Underwriter. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority announced this past October a “file and use” system for private passenger auto. For