Toronto (December 5, 2017) – The following is a statement from Aviva Canada CEO Greg Somerville:
“Ontario’s decision to place treatment and care – not cash – at the heart of the recovery process must be applauded because genuinely injured claimants have one primary aim, which is to return their health and life back to normal.
“We are also pleased with the commitment to establish a Serious Fraud Office in the spring of 2018, as recommended in Aviva’s recent Fraud Report 2017. We estimate that auto insurance fraud costs Canadians up to $2 billion every year and, sadly, it’s the vast majority of honest drivers who are paying for the fraudulent minority through high insurance premiums. The cost of auto insurance has nowhere to go but up if we fail to address the excessive numbers of injury claims in Ontario and the escalating costs surrounding them.”
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada Inc. is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country, providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to 2.9 million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees focused on creating a bright and sustainable future for our customers and our communities.
Aviva Canada invests in positive change through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online community funding competition, which has awarded $8.5 million to over 280 charities and community groups nationwide since its inception in 2009. Aviva Canada was the first insurer to become a national corporate partner of the Canadian Red Cross’ Ready When the Time Comes program, to be there for Canadians when disaster strikes. With a strong commitment to prevention and protection, the company has partnered with the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, and launched the Plan & Protect app, to help Canadians prepare for unforeseen weather events and natural disasters. In 2016, the company received The Burns & Wilcox Award for Philanthropy & Community Service. At Aviva Canada, protecting the people and things you love, supporting the causes you care about most and strengthening your local community is just good thinking.