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Ontario ministry issues guidance on paying HST on accident benefits

March 27, 2019 by Jason Contant

Ontario’s Ministry of Finance has proposed regulatory amendments clarifying that harmonized sales tax (HST) is required to be paid in addition to accident benefit limits. If approved, the proposed changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) under the Insurance

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Six insurer examinations “significantly intrusive,” accident benefits tribunal rules

March 20, 2018 by David Gambrill

Six insurer examinations [IEs] turned out to be three too many, an Ontario tribunal has decided, allowing an accident benefits claimant to go ahead with her hearing despite her refusal to attend the insurer’s three additional IEs. “Three in-person examinations;

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Hot coffee scalds your client in a drive-through. Is that an auto “accident”?

February 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance policies will have to cover a much wider scope of risk if the Supreme Court of Canada does not overturn a recent court ruling against Aviva Canada, Aviva’s lawyer argues. In Dittmann v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada,

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A personal support worker seeking work? You’re an attendant care provider, arbitrator rules

February 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

A catastrophically impaired driver can claim expenses incurred for attendant care services provided by his mother, a personal support worker [PSW] who was not employed when she cared for her son at the time of his accident, an Ontario arbitrator

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Tribunal decision imperils limitation periods in auto claims

January 30, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Act is just one act to consider among all the other factors when dealing with the two-year limitation period in statutory accident benefits disputes, the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) has found. “So that’s frightening,” Philippa Samworth, a

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BIP Talk aims to let brokers ‘better understand’ underlying problems with Ontario auto insurance: Forgeron

August 25, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

More than four months after the release of David Marshall’s report on auto insurance, Insurance Bureau of Canada’s president and chief executive officer is hoping Ontario’s brokers will “add their voice” to calls from the industry to “fundamentally overhaul” auto

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‘Fresh approach’ needed for Ontario auto insurance: IBC CEO

April 25, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A report released two weeks ago is “probably the best description we have to date of what is wrong” with Ontario’s auto insurance system, the chief executive officer of Insurance Bureau of Canada said Tuesday. In opening remarks at IBC’s

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Hospital-based examination centres should provide Ontario auto accident treatment plans: Marshall

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario should not move to a government-run auto insurance system but the province should establish hospital-based examination centres with authority to establish treatment plans that would have to be provided by the insurers, without dispute, a special advisor to the

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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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Requirement to cover auto accident benefits is “policy-specific” in Ontario: Court

November 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

In a case arising from an injury on an all-terrain vehicle, an Ontario court recently ruled on the interrelationship between the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) and the system of determining priority disputes, between auto insurers, under the province’s Insurance

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Court challenge to Ontario auto dispute resolution system ‘scheduled to proceed’ to hearing Feb. 13

November 4, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A constitutional challenge to Ontario’s auto accident benefits dispute resolution system is scheduled for a three-day hearing next February, but the retired judge who recommended that AB disputes go before a public sector administrative tribunal suggested Wednesday that it would

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New Ontario auto dispute resolution system could cause ‘a lot more claims against insurance brokers,’ personal injury lawyer predicts

November 3, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Recent reforms to Ontario auto insurance, including the transfer of accident benefits dispute arbitration to the licence appeal tribunal (LAT), has some personal injury lawyers warning of lawsuits against brokers who fail to advise clients accordingly. “We are trying to