August 27, 2013
In the 2013 Ontario Budget, the government committed to intensifying its existing auto insurance cost and rate reduction strategy by, among other things, transforming the current auto insurance dispute resolution system. The Budget also pledged to appoint an expert to review the system and propose legislative amendments in the fall of 2013.
Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa has appointed the Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, former Associate Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, to conduct the review of Ontario’s dispute resolution system.
Mr. Cunningham is anticipated to deliver an interim report to the Minister of Finance in October 2013, and a final report in February 2014.
Mr. Cunningham is seeking stakeholder perspectives on the Ontario auto insurance dispute resolution system. The interim report is expected to include recommendations on questions such as whether mediation should remain mandatory for all Ontario automobile insurance disputes, and what is the best approach to its delivery.
The interim report is also expected to include: an overview of the history and structure of the Ontario automobile insurance dispute resolution system; the structure of automobile insurance dispute resolution systems across Canada and in other jurisdictions; and trends in the current Ontario dispute resolution system, including outcomes of recent court decisions.
Written submissions can be sent to the Ministry of Finance on or before September 20, 2013, either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by Canada Post to:
Automobile Insurance Policy Unit
Industrial and Financial Policy Branch
Ministry of Finance
95 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z1
The Ministry of Finance is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Written submissions received by the Ministry of Finance will be made publicly available and posted on the ministry’s web site.