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IBC calls for private insurance to fill British Columbia ride-sharing gap

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While Uber has spread successfully to many Canadian provinces and cities, there are still numerous locations holding out. Metro Vancouver is the most notable as it is the largest region in North America that lacks ride-sharing services, whether from Uber or another company. The Insurance Bureau

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ICBC: 350,000 collisions in British Columbia during 2017

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It has been one of the insurance stories of the last year, the near financial ruin of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). Rising claims, collisions, and repair costs have put the public basic auto coverage provider on the edge and turned British Columbia into the most expensive

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British Columbia named Canada’s most expensive auto insurance market as IBC calls for competition

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When thinking of the most expensive auto insurance markets in Canada, Ontario usually tops the list. However, there has been a change over the last year and new data shows British Columbia (BC) has the highest average auto insurance rates in the country. Ontario regions like the Greater Toronto

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Brokers, who needs middleman insurers anyway?

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When looking to other markets to emulate, it is perhaps a surprise to see Canadian brokers look to Estonia. However, the small European country has been innovating with its brokerages using a blockchain distribution model. So often we hear how insurance companies will eventually cut out brokers, but

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Atlantic Canada bucking trends as auto insurance prices fall for second consecutive quarter

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Collision and claims frequencies are increasing, while the cost of repairs are also on the rise. Insurance companies across Canada are raising premium rates to cope with unfavourable conditions, but there are some markets where the cost of car insurance is falling. In Atlantic Canada, the average

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Canada’s controversial impaired driving reforms are now a month old

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Much of the news has been dominated by distracted driving increases in Canada. Fatalities involving distracted driving have overtaken those involving impaired driving. Of course, that does not mean drink driving is not a massive issue and we are now a month into Canada’s new controversial impaired

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Deadly weekend leads Quebec police to issue motorcyclist warning

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Last weekend was not a good one for motorcyclists in Quebec, with six serious accidents in the province, of which three were fatal. In response, the police in Quebec has urged motorcycle drivers to be careful on roads. "One death is one too many for those people's families, so that's what

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Insurers cautious on medical marijuana

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Canada has set a finalized October data for the legalization of recreational marijuana and insurers are preparing coverage to manage it. However, company are at the same time becoming more reluctant to cover medical cannabis. While many companies are embracing medical marijuana, others are

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Is privacy the price for affordable premiums?

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A new insurance solution is becoming the hot ticket in Canada and it is probably going to be the future of auto insurance. You can call it usage-based insurance (UBI) or pay-as-you-go insurance, both mean the same thing. This new method promises to lower your premiums, but will you have to give up

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CTA’s 10-point plan aims to bring safety to trucking, including preventing distracted driving

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Improving safety across driving industries and combatting infractions like distracted driving are the focus of a new 10-point action plan published by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). Toronto-based CTA is a national representative for 4,500 carriers and has provincial divisions in Vancouver,

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90% of Canadians admit to dangerous driving behaviour

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It is widely accepted amongst law enforcement, governments, and insurance companies that distracted driving is a major problem. Drivers are often willing to use a mobile device behind the wheel even in the face of rising penalties. Despite strict laws, distracted driving has overtaken impaired

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MyPlan pay-as-you-go auto insurance launches in Ontario

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Back in May, we discussed CAA Insurance MyPace program, an auto insurance solution that brought pay-as-you-go car coverage to Ontario (and indeed Canada) for the first time. The company has now announced the program has been officially launched and is available to customers in the province for the

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SGI seeks insurance rate decrease

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Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is bucking a nationwide trend and says it will apply for a rate decrease. The public insurance provider will present its application to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel before the end of this year. A rate decrease is a rare event in 2018 as insurers

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Dive In festival seeks to increase diversity within insurance industry

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The insurance industry has never really been a haven for diversity, but times are changing and improvements are being made. Still, there is much work to be done for companies to be all-inclusive in terms of embracing different cultures, backgrounds, genders, and communities. With that in mind, the

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Study finds women are more likely to engage in distracted driving than men

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The Society for Risk Analysis has recently a published a US-based study on the dynamics of distracted driving and why motorists continue to drive while texting. Among the finding is information that shows motorists accept the risks of distracted driving because of the attachment people have with

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Toronto Home Resilience Pilot Program for flood risk launches this week

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The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has praised Toronto’s progressive policies on mitigating, managing, and handling floods. The insurance industry representative has also partnered with the City of Toronto and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaption at the University of Waterloo to highlight the

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Hundreds of New Brunswick residents remain displaced following spring floods

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Months have passed since New Brunswick was hit by a storm that resulted in record floods, causing damage to infrastructure and properties, but hundreds of residents remain displaced from their homes. Bill Lawlor, director of the Canadian Red Cross in the province says 120 residents are in

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Conversation is a distraction but not an impairment, court rules

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Distracted driving is among the biggest problems facing Canadian road authorities and auto insurance companies. In most provinces it has surpassed impaired driving as the leading factor in road fatalities. However, are the boundaries of distraction being stretched too far, or do we need to broaden

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Quebec details vanity license plate costs

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Ahead of an upcoming licence plate program, the Quebec government has discussed the project in more depth, highlighting the personalized plate allowance that begins July 27. “Quebecers will be able to personalize the license plate of their vehicle, motorcycle, scooter, motor home, snowmobile

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KPMG: major Canadian insurance M&As likely in 2018

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Throughout 2018, insurance industry analysts have predicted global companies will pursue mergers and acquisitions (M&A) during the next three years. In Canada, consolidation is likely to come sooner, with a prediction of a major carrier M&A this year. Georges Pigeon, a partner with KPMG’s

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