Ontario takes additional steps to fight fraud

Anti-Fraud Task Force targets gaps in licensing/regulation of health clinics.

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is backing the interim report of Ontario’s Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force, which is aimed at fighting insurance fraud at its core.

“To have a real impact on Ontario’s efforts to eliminate insurance fraud, we need to address the underlying factors that contribute to the problem,” said Ralph Palumbo, Ontario vice president, IBC. “The Task Force has accurately identified those factors, as well as other issues that require further examination.”

In the coming months the Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force will examine:

  • The licensing and/or regulation of health clinics, and other possible gaps in regulation;
  • The establishment of a dedicated fraud investigation unit;
  • The development of a consumer engagement and education strategy;
  • The creation of a single web portal for Ontario auto insurance claimants.

In addition to the recommendations in the Task Force’s report, IBC has also advocated for the imposition of tougher criminal and civil penalties for identity fraud and theft.

“IBC and its member insurers will continue to work with the Task Force, MPPs and their constituents and law enforcement to help Ontarians understand how fraud affects their safety and economic well-being,” added Palumbo. “Organized insurance fraud and abuse of auto insurance benefits is a big business. And when fraudsters cheat the system, honest policyholders end up paying.”

To view a video about insurance fraud, click here.

If consumers are aware of someone who is cheating the system, take the time, report the crime. Call 1-877-IBC-TIPS (1-877-422-8477) to submit a confidential tip, or visit www.ibc.ca  to learn about insurance fraud.

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