How we’re supporting our clients in these challenging times

 

How we’re supporting our clients in these challenging times

We know Canadians have questions about how the pandemic may impact or change their insurance coverage, whether to their property, auto or business. There are some key areas we’re focusing on:

Payment Relief:

I can’t make my regular payment due to the pandemic. What are my options?

We recognize that these are difficult times and our clients may need more time to pay their premiums due to the disruption of their daily lives. If you have encountered financial difficulty, we encourage you to call us to discuss flexible options that may be available to ease financial pressure, including deferring a payment, extending payment grace periods, and waiving NSF fees.

Auto Premium Options:

Reduced Driving Refund

Clients with a personal private passenger or light commercial vehicle (including light farm) who registered before October 31, 2020, received a 15% refund on their Auto insurance premium from April 1 to May 31, 2020. Policies must have been active on May 31, 2020, to qualify.

Common examples of ineligible vehicles include motorcycles, ATVs and trailers.

*Car insurance requirements in Canada depend on which province you live in and who you buy your insurance from. The Reduced Driving Refund is only available to clients who have purchased The Co-operators auto insurance product where available, which excludes British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

My driving habits have really changed because of COVID-19. Is there anything I can do to reduce my premiums?

Yes. Contact us to review your policy and discuss your options.

I want to park or store my vehicle to reduce my Auto insurance costs, will that reduce my premium?

Yes. If you want to park or store your vehicle and not use it, we can suspend select coverage to help reduce premiums, where possible.

I just received my renewal and my premium went up. What can you do to help me with the challenges I’m facing around COVID-19?

If you recently received a renewal notice with a premium increase, contact us to discuss your individual situation further.

Will you provide coverage to restaurants that deliver food during the pandemic?

We know that, during this time, restaurants have been ordered to close dining rooms and are advised to open only for takeout and delivery. As a result, we encourage affected policy-holders who are delivering food for their restaurant to speak with their advisor for the coverage options available. This coverage would not apply if deliveries are made via third-party apps and services, like UberEats, Skip the Dishes and Instacart.

Can I use my own vehicle to deliver meals, groceries or prescription drugs during the pandemic?

If you’re volunteering or helping a neighbour by delivering takeout meals, groceries or prescriptions, your policy provides coverage for this. If you’re making food deliveries as the owner or employee of a restaurant, please contact us to review your coverage options.

Seasonal Properties:

What about my cottage or seasonal property that I can’t get to during the State of Emergency?

We’re looking for ways to provide extra support for our clients during this difficult time. We’ve made changes to help seasonal property owners facing travel or social distancing restrictions. Rest assured that your cottage or seasonal property is not vacant, but rather is considered unoccupied because you intend to return. We’ve removed some of the conditions that apply to coverage for freezing. If your cottage or seasonal property will be unoccupied for five or more consecutive days, you only need to make sure the heat remains on during the normal heating season or that your water is shut off and the pipes have been drained. It is not necessary to have someone check on your property daily.

Commercial Insurance:

I’m a business owner and my business has been impacted by COVID-19. What can you do to help me?

Many small and medium-sized businesses are facing financial difficulty and are looking to us for ways to reduce their operating expenses. At the same time, risks to businesses have changed, and continue to evolve. Because each business has unique needs and challenges, we encourage our commercial clients to call us for a comprehensive risk assessment to ensure their financial security is protected in the short and long term.

Claims:

I have an active claim, what can you do to make this easier for me?

You can file a claim by phone or through Online Services. We’re focused on removing as many barriers as we can to ensure that claims are settled seamlessly. For example, we provide an eTransfer option through our claims process, leveraging electronic payments so that our clients can receive payments quickly and easily.