Simpler & faster auto claims experience for Intact Insurance & belairdirect customers in Ottawa

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Intact Insurance and belairdirect customers in Ottawa can now experience a new simpler, faster and more convenient auto claims process with the launch of a new Intact Service Centre. This is the second Intact Service Centre to open in Canada; the first opened in Calgary in February this year.

“We are making things easier for customers after an automobile accident,” says Carla Smith, Deputy Senior Vice President of Claims,Ontario, Intact Insurance. “We’ve received positive feedback from customers in Calgary about this innovative one-stop service model, and are confident that customers in Ottawa will have an equally great service experience.”

Once at the Intact Service Centre, a customer will be able to drop off their damaged vehicle and leave in a rental vehicle, while Intact Insurance or belairdirect makes arrangements to get the vehicle appraised, repaired and cleaned. Once the vehicle is fixed, the customer picks it up and returns the rental vehicle. There is no need to wait for a repair date, go to a repair shop, or arrange a rental car.

Two more Service Centres are planned for Toronto and Montreal.

Intact Insurance and belairdirect are two of Intact Financial Corporation’s largest brands.

About Intact Financial Corporation
Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada with close to $8.0 billion in annual premiums. Supported by over 12,000 employees, the Company insures more than five million individuals and businesses through its insurance subsidiaries and is the largest private sector provider of P&C insurance in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. The Company distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly owned subsidiary, BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect.

SOURCE Intact Financial Corporation

Victoria: Uber rules coming early next year, says minister

By Rob Shaw, Vancouver Sun

VICTORIA — British Columbians will get their first glimpse at a possible future for ride-booking service Uber in September, when the government says it will unveil a discussion paper.

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Peter Fassbender, the cabinet minister who is reviewing whether to allow Uber to operate in B.C., said Wednesday the government is almost finished gathering comment from the public, taxi industry, insurance industry and Uber.

“We will be putting out a discussion document that will highlight what we’ve heard and what we think we should be looking at in the province of British Columbia to have a made-in-B.C. solution,” said Fassbender. Public safety, fair treatment for the conventional taxi industry and insurance concerns will be addressed, he said.

The intent is to make the Liberal government’s plan clear before the May 2017 provincial election, said Fassbender.

Uber, and similar outfits such as Lyft, operate on-demand car services that connect passengers with private drivers, usually through apps on smartphones.

“We’ll be asking for further input, then minister (Todd) Stone, who is the minister responsible for the legislative framework and the regulations will then be bringing forward to cabinet and government where we should be going,” said Fassbender.

Uber has been strongly lobbying government to draft regulations that would allow its drivers to obtain special licences and be considered differently from traditional taxis. The government at first warned Uber from trying to circumvent the rules, but later softened its criticism and said it believes taxi and ride-booking services can coexist and that it’s inevitable new technology like Uber will eventually enter the province.

The Opposition NDP has pledged to back the taxi industry, which has warned about job losses and disruption in the traditional taxi industry.

Aon offers Ontario Uber drivers insurance policies through streamlined mobile submission

Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, today announced it is now offering personal ridesharing insurance policies designed specifically for Ontario Uber drivers.

As Uber’s insurance broker, Aon has developed a comprehensive understanding of the business, driver tendencies and coverage requirements, resulting in a personal insurance product unlike others available in the marketplace. The solution, developed in partnership with Intact Insurance Company, is not restricted by driver age, years licensed or number of weekly ridesharing hours.

Uber is known for the ease with which its drivers and riders are connected via a mobile app. Aon created an online quoting tool for Uber drivers. Drivers of the ridesharing company can now go to uber.aon.ca and receive a quote instantly by simply taking a photo of their licence or entering their driver’s licence number. The process can be completed in seconds.

“Ridesharing continues to grow at a rapid pace and is changing how we travel,” said Caroline Mills-White, senior vice president of personal lines for Aon Risk Solutions in Canada. “As a result, insurance must evolve to meet the changing needs of drivers and passengers alike in Ontario.”

For more information, Uber drivers based in Ontario can now access an online quote at uber.aon.ca or by calling +1.800.448.2539.

About Aon

Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is a leading global provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 72,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in more than 120 countries via innovative risk and people solutions. For further information on our capabilities and to learn how we empower results for clients, please visit: http://aon.mediaroom.com.

Uber Insurance quotes available at” www.uber.aon.ca

SOURCE Aon Risk Solutions

Uber drivers in Ontario now insured automatically

TORONTO _ Uber drivers in Ontario are now insured from when the app is turned on to when passengers exit the vehicle.

Ontario’s insurance regulator has approved the policy from Intact for private vehicles transporting paying passengers through the ride-hailing service.

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario says the  “blanket fleet coverage” addresses a “critical insurance gap” for the industry.

The new policy covers all Uber drivers, passengers and vehicle owners when Uber is in use, and when the app is off the vehicle owner’s personal auto insurance policy applies.

The Ontario government recently approved a regulatory change under the Insurance Act that allows insurance companies to develop commercial fleet insurance policies for ride-hailing companies.

FSCO’s CEO says in a bulletin posted to the regulator’s website that he anticipates new insurance policies that build on what has been approved for Intact will be filed in the future.

“Going forward, I want to emphasize that the sharing economy in general, and the automobile insurance implications in particular, will continue to evolve and will require innovative solutions and responses by all stakeholders, including FSCO, that respond to technological advances,” Brian Mills wrote.

“At the same time, I want to emphasize that approved solutions may also need to evolve and adapt as circumstances and legal requirements change. Therefore, any policy form or endorsement that I approve is also subject to ongoing review.”

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ICBC and police team up for annual summer campaign

ICBC and police team up for annual summer campaign

Summer can be a deadly time on B.C. roads, with 46 per cent of impaired driving-related deaths occurring between June and September. That’s why ICBC and police are stepping up awareness activities and CounterAttack roadchecks across the province starting this long weekend.

With increased traffic and vacation plans that could involve alcohol, ICBC is urging everyone to plan ahead to travel safely. Police will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks throughout B.C.

While much progress has been made, impaired driving remains the leading cause of criminal death in Canada and in the top three contributing factors for fatal crashes in B.C. With so many options to get home safely, there’s no excuse to drive impaired – arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit.

ICBC supports CounterAttack with funding for enhanced police enforcement and two education campaigns each year. Learn interesting facts about impaired driving in ICBC’s infographic and get more info on icbc.com.

Quotes:

“We have seen significant reductions in alcohol-related fatalities on our roads, however, there are still some people who don’t take this issue seriously,” said Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “CounterAttack is a vital part of our provincial enforcement strategy and British Columbians can expect enforcement to continue until every driver hears the message loud and clear – impaired driving will not be tolerated in B.C. We will continue to work together to change attitudes to keep B.C. roads safe for everyone.”

“Impaired driving is the third-leading cause of road deaths during the summer, after speeding and distracted driving,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “So it’s important to have a plan for a safe ride to and from your summer activities.”

“Driving while impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is never worth the risk,” said Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or arrest are significant and can last a lifetime. Police across B.C. will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks this summer.”

“Whether you’re on a busy highway filled with summer road trip travellers or just driving your regular route across town to a game at your local ball diamond, it’s important to stay focused and alert,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety. “And if your activities involve alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver or a plan to take transit or a taxi.”

Editor’s note: B-roll footage of CounterAttack roadcheck is available for download.

Regional statistics*:

  • In the Lower Mainland, an average of 21 people are killed in impaired-related crashes every year.
  • On Vancouver Island, an average of 11 people are killed in impaired-related crashes every year.
  • In the Southern Interior, an average of 25 people are killed in impaired-related crashes every year.
  • In North Central B.C., an average of 21 people are killed in impaired-related crashes every year.

Canada Day statistics**:

  • On Canada Day, one person is killed and 230 are injured in 750 crashes in B.C.
  • Last year, 180 people were injured in 460 crashes in the Lower Mainland on Canada Day.
  • Last year, 21 people were injured in 120 crashes on Vancouver Island on Canada Day.
  • Last year, 24 people were injured in 120 crashes in the Southern Interior on Canada Day.
  • Last year, 5 people were injured in 56 crashes in the North Central region on Canada Day.

Notes:

*Fatal victim counts are from police data (2010 to 2014). Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines.

**Canada Day is calculated from 00:00 to midnight and includes incidents where the time was not reported. Injured victim and crash data from 2015 ICBC data and fatal victims from police data five-year average (2010 to 2014).

Media contact:
Sam Corea
604-982-2480

Intact Financial to insure Uber as ridesharing insurance receives green light in Alberta

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Intact Financial Corporation (TSX:IFC) applauds the Superintendent of Insurance of Alberta’sapproval of a new ridesharing insurance policy, and will be providing this coverage to Uber, effective July 1, 2016. The insurance policy, designed specifically for this new transportation alternative, will provide protection to Albertans who use ridesharing platforms with coverage that is simple and seamless. Today’s announcement makes Alberta the first province to approve a ridesharing insurance policy that provides coverage to all drivers and passengers while participating in ridesharing in Canada.  IFC and Uber continue to work with regulators in Ontario and Quebec to provide similar products in the coming months.

“This new ridesharing insurance structure is a key step to bring Uber back to Edmonton and support our efforts to serve Albertans across the province. We look forward to our ongoing work with regulators and partners to bring ridesharing to an always growing number of cities across the country,” said Ian Black, General Manager for Uber Canada.

Every ridesharing driver operating on the Uber platform in Alberta will automatically be covered under this new ridesharing policy provided by Intact Insurance Company, a subsidiary of IFC, and purchased by Uber from the instant a ride is accepted until the passengers have exited the vehicle.

“With the growing popularity of ridesharing, we are excited to offer innovative insurance products to meet the evolving needs of consumers. This coverage structure also provides an opportunity for the insurance industry to develop personal lines coverage options for the period during which drivers are available to accept a ride but have yet to do so,” said Karim Hirji, Senior Vice President, International & Ventures for Intact Financial Corporation.

IFC’s two largest brands, Intact Insurance and belairdirect, Canada’s digitally driven insurer, will provide Uber driver-partners with personal lines coverage when they are waiting for a ride request. Customers must call their agent or broker before participating to purchase this personal lines coverage.

Aon, the leading global provider of risk management and insurance solutions, worked with IFC and Uber to bring this to market. “Aon is committed to driving innovation across the sharing economy and is proud to partner with Uber Canada and IFC to provide a dynamic insurance solution that meets the changing needs of riders and drivers,” said Craig Gilmour, Executive Vice President for Aon Risk Solutions in Toronto.

For more information on these tailored insurance products, visit: intact.ca and t.uber.com/ABInsurance.

About Intact Financial Corporation
Intact Financial Corporation (intactfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada with almost $8.0 billionin premiums. Supported by over 12,000 employees, the company insures more than five million individuals and businesses through its insurance subsidiaries and is the largest private sector provider of P&C insurance in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec,Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. The company distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly owned subsidiary, BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect.

About Uber Canada
Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is evolving the way the world moves. Present in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber has revolutionized transportation and offers more than 20,000 Canadian driver-partners a new way to earn income in their spare time by offering an affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of thousands of riders across the country. For more information, visit uber.com.

About Aon
Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is a leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 72,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. For more information, visit aon.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements. These statements include, without limitation, statements relating to new insurance products, new legislation related to the sharing economy and related insurance product evolution and the timing of governmental and regulatory implementation. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the ‘safe harbour’ provisions of applicable Canadian securities laws.

Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions, both general and specific, which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events could differ materially from our expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including those discussed in IFC’s most recently filed Annual Information Form and annual MD&A. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and we caution you against unduly relying on any of these forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, IFC does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Please refer to the cautionary note of IFC’s most recently filed MD&A.

 

SOURCE Intact Financial Corporation

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