HALIFAX, NS, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)
supports the direction of Nova Scotia auto insurance reforms announced
today, but expressed concern regarding the complexity of implementation
issues associated with such comprehensive changes.
"IBC applauds the Nova Scotia government for its direction with these
reforms and the thoughtful and consultative process that led to them,"
said Bill Adams, Vice President, Atlantic, IBC. "This government's
approach to auto insurance reform is an example of how to do it
He added: "But it will be critical to implement the reforms properly,
with a full understanding of the complexity of the task ahead. The
insurance industry looks forward to working with the government to help
make this happen."
Among the key changes announced today by the Nova Scotia government are
the doubling of mandatory no-fault accident benefits for medical and
rehabilitation treatments to a maximum of $50,000; adopting minor
injury diagnostic and treatment protocols that mirror those used
successfully in Alberta; and introducing an optional full-tort product.
Adams added: "These reforms will better serve collision victims, and
ensure that they get the treatments they need to get well. At the same
time, we are cautiously optimistic that the additional claims costs
anticipated as a result of the reforms do not adversely affect the
affordable price of auto insurance for all Nova Scotia vehicle owners
over the long term."
The changes announced today represent phase two of the Nova Scotia
government's auto insurance reforms, following initial ones made in
April 2010, which tripled the minor injury pain and suffering damages
cap to $7,500, indexed it to inflation, and amended the definition of a
minor injury. IBC was pleased with the Nova Scotia government's
approach of adopting Alberta's definition of minor injury, one that has
been tested in the judicial system and thus provides greater stability
than alternatives considered at the time.
Adams added, "We are also pleased with the government's commitment to
have mandatory reviews of the auto insurance system every seven years
and see this as a good start. However an effective and stable auto
insurance system demands more continuous monitoring and frequent
sharing of information among all stakeholders."
For more information on the Nova Scotia auto insurance reforms in their
entirety, please visit http://gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20111109003
About Insurance Bureau of Canada and Nova Scotia's Insurance Industry
In March 2010, Nova Scotia Business Inc. and Greater Halifax Partnership
released a report authored by the Conference Board of Canada and Jupia
Consultants Inc. titled INSURECONOMY (www.insureconomy.ca). The report's economic impact analysis revealed that the insurance
industry contributed 4,500 direct jobs to the Nova Scotian economy,
with wages 38% higher than the provincial average, and a $460 million
annual GDP contribution to the provincial economy. Halifax had one of
the highest concentrations of insurance industry firms and employment
among urban centres across Canada, with a projected 25% employment
growth by 2013.
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
To view media releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca.
SOURCE INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
For further information:
Erika Bennett at 416-362-2031 ext. 4312.