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Coming Soon from SGI: Provincial insurer announces collision industry updates, including paint material rate increase

Regina, Saskatchewan ⁠— Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) delivered an update on its collision industry services during last week’s Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) meeting, detailing its incoming paint material rate changes as well as current endeavours alongside software management companies and OEMs.

The first SGI announcement to take effect will come April 1 as water-borne paint material will increase from $55.25 to $57.94 per hour of refinish time. Imron paint material will also increase from $67.57 to $70.86 per hour of refinish time, said the insurer.

SGI also announced that is in discussions with Mitchell International to pay directly for shop estimating application subscription costs. The details are still being sorted, though SGI plans targets to have the new services agreement in place for May 1, 2021. 

The insurer is also targeting a May 1, 2021 deadline for its new OEM procedure subscription allowance to coincide with the estimating subscription payment changes. Much like the previous Safe and Quality Repair program (SQARP) OEM procedure incentive that came to an end last December, SGI plans to compensate shops for active OEM procedure subscriptions retroactively to January 2021. 

Finally, the prairie province’s public insurer announced a Collision Shop Contract project launched in response to survey responses earlier this year. The goal of the project, says SGI, is to enhance collision partner access to adjusting and claims information through a singular point-of-contact. 

Details on SGI’s most recent changes can be found in SGI Bulletin #91.

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