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DesRosiers says Canadian auto production last year hit lowest level since 1967

January 27, 2022 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Canada produced just over 1.1 million light vehicles last year for the lowest level of production since 1967. The low production numbers, down from 1.4 million in 2020 and close to two million in

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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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Direct compensation for property damage coming to Alberta

December 13, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Amendments to Alberta’s Standard Auto Policy Form No. 1 will enable direct compensation for property damage (DCPD) for certain kinds of automobile property damage claims, starting January 1, 2022. The amendments were approved by Alberta’s Superintendent of Insurance. Sharon Stefanyk,

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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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What FSRA says about the ‘take all comers’ auto insurance rule

November 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s auto insurance regulator is taking aim at insurers who avoid issuing auto policies to people living in certain cities or who did not buy a property polices or are otherwise off-side the “take all comers” rule. The Financial Services

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Why Intact is paying out less on total auto losses

November 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is maintaining a mid-80s combined ratio on its Canadian personal auto book of business, with a slight decrease in the severity of total losses. At Intact, the severity of claims on auto physical damage was 5% higher

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Court rules Ontario auto insurer’s request for claimant data ‘unnecessarily invasive’

November 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario judge has turned down a request by Aviva Insurance Company of Canada to order a claimant to produce banking records showing the location of vendors from which that claimant had made purchases. In November, 2020, an Aviva auto

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Canadian auto production hit especially hard by semiconductor shortage

October 12, 2021 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – To be an autoworker in Canada this year has meant living with a fair bit of uncertainty. “There’s no consistency,” said Mark Sciberras, president of the Unifor local branch at Ford Motor Co.’s Oakville, Ont. operations. “One week

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Why this electric scooter rider was convicted of driving with no auto insurance

October 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released Thursday means if your client is riding a certain type of scooter in British Columbia, they must be licensed and insured. In 2018, Ali Moussa Ghadban was stopped by a police officer in

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Auto client loses GAP insurance coverage dispute

October 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A New Brunswick judge ruled last week in favour of a guaranteed asset protection (GAP) insurance provider that denied a claim from a motorist who borrowed money to buy a vehicle which was later destroyed by fire. In 2017, Jason

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Where auto insurers are seeing the biggest profitability improvements

September 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian auto insurers saw both an increase in auto premiums and an improvement in their loss ratios in 2020, according to research from A.M. Best Company Inc. “Less miles driven translates into less frequency in auto losses,” A.M. Best director

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Will Intact re-enter the B.C. auto market?

August 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance could re-enter the British Columbia auto market but only if the provincial government provides “options and convenience” to motorists, says Intact Financial Corp. CEO Charles Brindamour. It has been eight months since Intact announced it is leaving the