Peaks in the Prairies: SGI sees increased claims volumes

Regina, Saskatchewan — Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is working through a period of increased claims volumes thanks to an active storm season in the Prairies. According to an email distributed by the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR), the claims volumes over the last six-to-eight weeks have been above average. “Although the claim operations team […]

Time for a Chit Chat: SGI to seek collision centre feedback at Dec. 2 Town Hall

Estevan, Saskatchewan ⁠— Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) will be hosting a Town Hall this Thursday, December 2 at the Western Star All Suites in Estevan from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the meeting, SGI will seek feedback in two areas: what the public insurer should expect from a high-performance collision centre, and what a […]

Holy Hail: Regina’s summer hailstorm spurs $90 million in claims, 11,000 auto claims

Regina, Saskatchewan ⁠—  An Aug. 31 hailstorm that pummeled the Regina, Sask. area has resulted in 11,004 auto claims, according to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). In the city of Regina alone, SGI received 8,390 auto claims. Thus far, total damages calculated will likely cost more than $90 million, says SGI.  Jonathan Bergen, the owner of […]

Electric Allowance: Saskatchewan EV tax effective Oct. 1, 2021

Regina, Saskatchewan — Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is collecting the newly introduced $150 electric vehicle road-use fee on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan for any registrations effective Oct. 1, 2021, or later. This annual fee is due at the time of registration/renewal. The fee will be used to help maintain Saskatchewan’s roads and highways. […]

Klein on Claims: SGI introduces new position to improve communication between the company and the auto repair industry

Toronto, Ontario — On May 3, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) introduced a new position—Claims Industry Partner Representative—to help improve communication between SGI and the auto repair industry.  Over the past year, repair shop partners have shared concerns with some of SGI’s processes,  including not always having the ability to receive timely responses from them.  “You’ve […]

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 […]

Ready, Set, Rebates: SGI to pay out $285 million in one-time rebates to Sask. drivers

Regina, Saskatchewan ⁠— Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) will be issuing rebate cheques totalling $285 million to eligible drivers in the coming months The rebates come from SGI’s rate stabilization fund, which “help keep rates low and protect customers from wild rate fluctuations in the event of a sudden onset of claims,” said Tyler McMurchy, SGI’s […]

Final Stretch: SGI extends SQARP deadline

Regina, Saskatchewan ⁠— Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has announced an extension to the deadline for shops to meet the new Safe and Quality Auto Repair Program (SQARP). The effective date for repair shops to meet the new accreditation requirements has been extended to July 1, 2021.  “We had hoped everyone would have a chance to […]

2020 Road Review: 87 deaths in vehicle crashes on Saskatchewan roads

Regina, Saskatchewan — SGI has just released its preliminary statistics showing 87 people lost their lives in road collisions in 2020.  “Nearly all fatal collisions are preventable; Saskatchewan roads have gotten significantly safer in the last few years, but we must not become complacent or satisfied with these improvements,” said Don Morgan, the minister responsible […]