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September 11, 2015

The New Deductibles Under the Insurance Act

The Insurance Act and its regulations have been amended to increase the amount of the deductibles.  As of August 1, 2015, the deductible for non-pecuniary damages is $36,540 (up from $30,000) and for Family Law Act damages it is $18,270 (up from $15,000).  In addition the $100,000 threshold above which the deductible applies has been raised to $121,799 and the $50,000 threshold for Family Law Act damages to $60,899.  The deductibles will be indexed for inflation on January 1st of each year beginning in 2016.

In addition, s. 267.5(9) has been amended to provide that costs are to be determined "with regard" to the effect of the deductible, i.e. costs are now net of the deductible.

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