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Tories pledge to work with industry to lower Ontario auto rates

August 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s new finance minister is promising to work with industry to reduce auto insurance rates, but does not want the as-yet-unspecified plan to be a mere “photo opportunity.” Rates have increased for three consecutive quarters, despite several measures over the

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How individual insurers have responded to challenges in Ontario auto

August 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Despite a consensus in the industry that auto insurance rates are inadequate in Ontario, not all insurers are trying to diversify their business to reduce their exposure to this particular line. The Co-operators Group Ltd. “does not intend to reduce

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Ontario PCs historically ‘very receptive’ to auto rate reform: Intact CEO

August 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s newly-elected government has been silent on auto insurance reform, but the head of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurance carrier is encouraged by the Progressive Conservative Party’s historical leaning towards loosening rate regulation. The Progressive Conservative Party was returned

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Will telematics make territory-based rating a thing of the past?

July 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The use of telematics in pricing auto insurance is going to become more “prevalent,” and a major property and casualty insurer is trying to use the technology to get a better idea of driver risk, speakers said during a recent

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Winter tire claims statistics took biggest insurer by surprise

July 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When Intact started giving discounts on auto insurance to people with winter tires, the result appeared to be counter-intuitive. Motorists insured by Intact who reported having winter tires installed “were having worse loss ratios” than those driving in the winter

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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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Priority dispute in mechanic test-drive case could reach top court

June 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A priority dispute between Ontario auto insurers over who should pay accident benefits to a mechanic injured while test-driving a customer’s car could be headed to Canada’s highest court. Auto repair shop owner Jing Hua Fan was hurt in 2011

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Insurance lawyer questions whether LAT has ‘appearance’ of fairness

June 26, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An anonymous letter about how an auto injury claim was handled by the Ontario License Appeal Tribunal raises “concerns” about the LAT decision-making process, an insurance lawyer warns. Anonymous evidence should generally not be given any weight in court proceedings,

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Intact reports ‘world of difference’ with telematics

June 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Hard numbers showing the impact of telematics remain elusive, but Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer says the technology does separate the good risks from the bad. Telematics is a vehicle diagnosis technology that collects data such as distance travelled,

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The untapped potential of telematics in auto claims

June 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Telematics, which records data on vehicle behaviour, is used now mainly for underwriting, but the technology can also provide a treasure trove of information for claims adjusters, one vendor suggests. Auto insurance claims adjusters could potentially use telematics to determine

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New Ontario auto insurance product targets infrequent drivers

May 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario brokers will have a new auto insurance option for their auto customers this July with MyPace, a product intended for vehicles driven fewer than 9,000 kilometres per year, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) officials said Wednesday. MyPace, which measures distance

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Message from the President

May 16, 2018 Monica Kuzyk, President, Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association

How upcoming Ontario election impacts auto insurance