VANCOUVER, BC, November 25, 2022 /CNW/ – In the province of British Columbia Second Quarterly Report released today, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is expected to incur a financial loss of $298 million for the current year.
Following this announcement, Aaron Sutherland, Vice President, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canadaissued the following statement:
“This financial update from ICBC should be seen as incredibly disappointing news for ICBC’s customers, as well as taxpayers in British Columbia who will ultimately bear the cost of these losses. After years of financial turmoil, the introduction of no debt was supposed to help stabilize ICBC’s financial situation by eliminating the right to sue in most cases and putting strict limits on the care and recovery benefits it offers set. As a result, in the first year of no-fault, ICBC spent 30% less to help accident victims recover from their injuries. Despite this, ICBC is again predicting a financial loss.
British Columbians have a new auto insurance system, but it’s the same old ICBC. This update is another reminder of the cost of ICBC’s monopoly, and the need to open the market to competition to give drivers choice and taxpayer relief.
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SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada
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