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  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education
  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education
  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education

Latest News Articles

April 8, 2020

Left behind financially in the Emergency Response Benefit?

Here’s where to reach your Ontario MPP https://ola.org/en/members/current/contact-information  
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How COVID-19 is probably affecting your auto claimants

“People will regress rather than being able to maintain whatever progress they have made past an accident,” said Rhona DesRoches, chair of the board of FAIR Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform, in an interview. 
 
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Advocates pushing for this temporary accident benefit reform

FAIR Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform has heard that some motor vehicle accident victims are reluctant to have a team of healthcare providers at their homes while social distancing precautions are in effect, Rhona DesRoches, FAIR’s chair of the board told Canadian Underwriter. This in turn highlights an existing insurance regulation around how insurance reimburses attendant care by non-professional providers (such as a family member of the victim, for example). 
 
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National class action lawsuit launched against insurers refusing to pay coronavirus-related claims

A law firm in Regina, SK has filed a national class action lawsuit against some of Canada’s largest indemnity insurers for their refusal to pay business owners for losses sustained due to the coronavirus outbreak. 
 
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Desjardins to offer a refund to auto insurance clients driving less

The refund will be offered to clients whose commuting habits have “significantly changed” and who only use their vehicles for essential trips (i.e., going to the pharmacy or grocery), a release said. Desjardins’ refund program is open to anyone who has lost their job, working from home, or is otherwise self-isolating. 
 
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Allstate to return $600 mln in auto premiums as coronavirus cuts driving

Allstate Corp, one of the largest U.S. auto insurers, said on Monday it would return more than $600 million in premiums to customers as many Americans drive less due to stay-at-home orders aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak. 
 
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Cost Of Catastrophic Impairment Assessment Paid Outside Of Person’s Medical And Rehab Limits – RB v. RSA

RB was involved in a car accident in April 2017 and sougth benefits pursuant to the SABs. He was denied certain benefits and cost of examinations by RSA and applied to the LAT. 
 
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COVID-19 Financial Supports

The public health measures enacted to protect Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic is having major impacts on individuals and businesses. Both the Canadian and Ontario government, along with the private sector, have introduced measures to assist those who are facing challenges, outlined below. 
 
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NOTICES AND ORDERS – COVID-19

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Information on COVID-19

As COVID-19 evolves, the provincial and federal government continue to update their resources.

We encourage you to regularly review the websites of the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario (PHO) for the most accurate, up-to-date information. 

 
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Guidance for the Health Sector

The case definition for COVID-19 has been updated and is current as of March 30 2020. This information may change frequently, please check back often for updates. 

 
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Ottawa’s COVID-19 benefits program opens for applications 

OTTAWA — Applications open today for the new federal emergency aid benefit for Canadians who lost their income because of COVID-19. 
 
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Questions and Answers on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit 

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Canada’s emergency relief leaves out those on social assistance

The federal government is providing financial relief for Canadians laid off amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but some groups are finding themselves excluded. 
 
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Open Letter urges Ontario to boost support for people on social assistance

A coalition of more than 130 health care workers, community agencies and Ontarians living in poverty is urging Queen’s Park to increase benefits immediately to almost one million residents on social assistance struggling to survive during the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
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To survive we need rent cancelled and basic income, people on social assistance say

While most Canadians are struggling under COVID-19, with many businesses shut down, local advocates argue that those at, or below, the poverty line will be hardest hit.  
 
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CANADA: Financial inequality ‘staggering’ for Canadians with disabilities, expert says

In Ontario, Doug Ford’s Conservative government has been toying with cutting benefits and other supports, including in education. While the government has since backed off cutting Ontario Works, Ontario residents with disabilities continue to live under the persistent threat of losing whatever little economic independence they have. 
 
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Caregiver Advisory Panel 

This province-wide online discussion forum is an ongoing opportunity for caregivers to provide regular input and feedback on some of our caregiver-focused ideas, tools and programs, and be surveyed on different aspects of the caregiving experience on a regular basis. 
 
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Why COVID-19 has personal support workers feeling uneasy during home-care visits

Personal support workers who care for clients inside their homes are among the essential service providers who don’t feel safe on the job due to a lack of personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
 
 

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