Government approves SGI rate program
June 24, 2013
The provincial government has approved a 1.03 per cent overall increase to Saskatchewan Auto Fund rates, along with rate rebalancing, and a 1.23 per cent surcharge on all rates for a one-year term. The new rates will take effect Aug. 31, 2013.
SGI had originally requested a 1.23 per cent rate surcharge for the next three years to replenish the Rate Stabilization Reserve (RSR). The Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel (SRRP) recommended the rate surcharge be approved for one year only.
“The Panel found the overall increase to be reasonable and recognized the importance of rebalancing rates to improve fairness,” Minister Responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer said. “The rate rebalancing will bring about 80 per cent of the vehicle population to within five per cent of their required rates, up from only half today.”
Rebalancing helps promote fairness by adjusting customers' rates so that each vehicle is charged the correct rate to cover the claim costs for that type of vehicle. To ensure each vehicle group is paying sufficient premium, some rates need to be increased and some decreased. This will result in:
- 63 per cent of Saskatchewan vehicle owners receiving a rate increase, on average $3 per month;
- 35 per cent of vehicle owners receiving a rate decrease, on average $2 per month; and,
- 14,000 vehicle owners seeing no change to their rates.
Cabinet considered the Panel's suggestion that increases for motorcycles be deferred until the results of the motorcycle review are known. While that review will hopefully result in changes that will impact the need for future rate increases for motorcycles, they won't be implemented in time to impact this rating year. Therefore, in fairness to all vehicle owners, motorcycle owners will see rate changes just like all other vehicle owners in the province in this rating program. To help reduce rate shock, SGI will cap increases for all vehicle groups, including motorcycles. Vehicle groups with annual rates greater than $1,000 will be capped at a maximum increase of 15 per cent, while those with annual rates less than $1,000 will have dollar caps ranging from $25 to $150.
SGI will apply all rate decreases immediately on Aug. 31, 2013. Vehicle owners receiving a rate decrease, who have already insured their vehicles past Aug. 31, will automatically receive a refund for the difference between their old rate and their new rate to the end of their policy term.
For those receiving rate increases, the new rate won't be applied until the next time an owner does a vehicle transaction on or after Aug. 31, 2013, usually the next time they renew their plate insurance.
Rates are available on our 2013 rate proposal page.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.