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New hearing ordered after court finds tribunal erred in law on accident benefits

August 12, 2019 by Jason Contant

A vehicle accident victim is getting a new hearing after Saskatchewan’s appeal court found a tribunal erred in law by disregarding evidence related to the claimant’s accident-related inability to work. The Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan unanimously ruled the July

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Why road injuries have dropped 34% in this province

August 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

A combination of technology, legislation and behaviour change are contributing to a downward trend in road injuries and fatalities in Saskatchewan, including a substantial decrease last year, the Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) suggested at a press conference

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How SGI’s expansion into Ontario auto fared last year

July 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatchewan’s government-owned insurer has been blindsided by its Ontario auto line. Regina-based Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported Tuesday that SGI Canada’s 2018-19 loss ratio in Ontario was 91.9%, up 16.5 points from 75.4% in 2017-18. That increase was “largely due

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The Canadian insurer that will seek a rate decrease later this year

July 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

One Canadian public insurer is bucking the trend – seen across the country – of carriers asking to raise auto rates. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday that it plans to apply for a rate decrease later this

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How Saskatchewan brokers are handling the French fries challenge

May 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Roughly half the motorists in Saskatchewan lack adequate auto insurance because they are only buying the mandatory minimum required by law from the province’s government-run auto insurer, a broker warns. Saskatchewan’s 70-year-old-plus Auto Fund writes basic minimum liability, damage to

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Insurer needs an online sales solution, so it invests $3 million in a brokerage

April 27, 2018 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has purchased a 15% stake in a Calgary-based online brokerage, a move designed to help the insurer develop real-time data exchange capabilities to sell products online. “This is an investment in a brokerage, not an acquisition,”

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How Saskatchewan auto insurer approaches distracted driving

March 8, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Saskatchewan motorists caught using wireless devices while driving could be hit by the province’s auto insurer with a $200 penalty; second-time offenders could lose their vehicle for a week, Saskatchewan Government Insurance warns. A distracted driving ticket costs a Saskatchewan

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This province recorded its lowest number of traffic deaths in almost 70 years

February 8, 2018 The Canadian Press

REGINA – Preliminary figures show that in 2017 Saskatchewan recorded its lowest traffic fatality numbers since the 1950s. Saskatchewan Government Insurance says in a release that there were 102 deaths last year compared with 125 in 2016. SGI says the

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Government insurer sees drunk driving offences plunge

January 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

December 2017 saw the lowest number of impaired driving offences reported that month in the four years since Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) began doing its monthly traffic safety spotlights, even with increased enforcement. “Overall, we think attitudes are changing in

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Tougher laws a mere distraction for cell-using drivers

December 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distracted driving offences in Saskatchewan were at an all-time high in November 2017, despite the government’s attempts to toughen the laws around driving with a cellphone. “Police reported a whopping 636 distracted driving offences during the November [Traffic Safety Spotlight],

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Province’s ridesharing law requires minimum policy limit

December 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan has introduced legislation allowing for ridesharing services to operate in the province, with an interesting insurance twist. The Vehicles for Hire Act requires the ridesharing company to file written evidence of a motor vehicle liability insurance policy with a

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Province’s distracted drivers are on the rise

November 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite the consequences of distracted driving – a $280 fine and four demerit points under Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) Safe Driver Recognition program – it continues to be the leading cause of all traffic collisions. Police in Saskatchewan issued a