The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is producing two publications to provide consumers with information regarding the auto insurance reforms. The publications explain changes to the standard auto insurance policy in Ontario effective June 1, 2016, and the new choices available to renewing policyholders.
In the interest of providing consistent and coordinated information to Ontario policyholders, insurers will distribute, or ensure distribution of, these publications to renewing policyholders as required by FSCO.
This Bulletin outlines FSCO's requirements regarding the treatment and distribution of these publications by insurers and attaches the first document, Early Awareness mailer, for action.
Early Awareness Mailer
Changes to Ontario Auto Insurance Give You More Choice (Early Awareness mailer) advises policyholders that the standard auto insurance policy is changing on June 1, 2016, and that they will get more information with their next renewal.
FSCO requires insurers to send by regular mail, to each of its policyholders on record on the date of the mailing, a copy of the Early Awareness mailer.
Insurers must produce, or ensure production of, this mailer so that the content is as provided in the document attached to this Bulletin, and so that the insurer and/or insurance representative contact information appear in the designated field.
General formatting (e.g., font style, spacing, colours) and presentation (e.g., double-sided insert, folded brochure, buck-slip, single-sided 8½ x 11") is at the discretion of the insurer and/or insurance representative, provided there are no alterations to the wording or the order of the content, and the text size is at least 10 point.
The Early Awareness mailer may be delivered in tandem with other communications of the insurer/insurance representative, provided it appears as a distinct piece and is not attached to, or integrated with, other communications.
Insurers are required to deliver, or ensure delivery via third-party, the Early Awareness mailer to all policyholders, in hard copy, post-marked no later than March 31, 2016. Insurers are encouraged to distribute, or ensure distribution of, the Early Awareness mailer at any time before that date.
For new business, i.e., policies written after the general distribution of the Early Awareness mailer and before June 1, 2016, insurers are to deliver the Early Awareness mailer to the new policyholders no later than June 1, 2016. It may be delivered on its own or with other communications, for example, policy documents.
Point of Sale Disclosure Document
Property & Casualty – Auto Bulletin No. A-08/15: Revised Certificate of Automobile Insurance Form and Data Elements, issued September 18, 2015, referred to the development of a Point of Sale Disclosure (POS) document by the Reform Information Working Group and advised that insurers would be required to include the document with new business and policy renewals effective on or after June 1, 2016.
Once the Group has finalized the disclosure document, FSCO will issue an amended Certificate of Automobile Insurance (Ontario) ("Certificate") that will introduce the text of the document as an additional data element of the certificate. The amended Certificate, incorporating the POS document, must be used for all policies that are first issued or renewed between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. The amended Certificate is expected to be issued in January, 2016.
Insurers will not be required to refile Certificates for the sole purpose of reflecting the inclusion of the POS document.
Distribution via Electronic Channels
Any or all of the publications can be delivered to policyholders in electronic form only where the policyholder has clearly indicated that electronic is the preferred method of communication and delivery of policy renewal documents.
The text and hi-res graphics for all publications are or will be available in MS WORD, in English and French, on FSCO's website at www.fsco.gov.on.ca.
Insurance Representative/Third-Party Distribution
FSCO expects that insurers planning to distribute the publications through insurance representatives (e.g., brokers and agents) will oversee the production and distribution process to ensure all policyholders receive the publications as outlined above.
Chief Executive Officer and
Superintendent of Financial Services
November 10, 2015
- Changes to Ontario Auto Insurance Give You More Choice (Early Awareness mailer)
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