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Changes To Ontario's Accident Benefits Coverage

Your Auto Insurance Benefits are CHANGING June 1, 2016

As of June 1, 2016, the Ontario government has introduced changes to automobile insurance coverage to help make insurance premiums more affordable. The changes only apply to auto insurance policies issued or renewed on/or after June 1, 2016

Every 5 years, the government mandates a review of the auto insurance system. The outcome of this review will result in changes to the coverage that you currently have. At this time, Ontario has the highest level of standard coverage in Canada. These are coverages that you pay for, in your automobile insurance premium.

To help stabilize rates, the Ontario government has implemented changes to auto insurance. Several measures are aimed at reducing fraud and abuse within the system, which increase premiums. As of June 1st there will be changes to the accident benefit limits in standard insurance policies and new options to increase coverage. These changes are an excellent opportunity for you to review your policy to ensure you have the best coverage based on your lifestyle.

It is important to know that your coverage will be changing on your first renewal on or after June 1st, 2016, and execution of claims process will change for claims occurring after this date. You will have received a letter from your insurance company to this effect. Keep your eyes on our website and social media blogs for more information.

To inform consumers of the upcoming auto insurance reform, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) has released a brochure outlining the changes ─ to download a copy click here: Auto Insurance Reform Brochure 

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