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Statement by Minister Duncan on the Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force Final Report

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Statement by Minister Duncan on the Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force Final Report

Ministry of Finance

Today Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance, issued the following statement upon receiving the final report by the Ontario Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force:

"Auto insurance fraud is a significant problem in Ontario. In July 2011, our government formed the Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force to bring together stakeholders and government to collaboratively review the issues and recommend solutions.

I want to thank the task force for the excellent work it has done to identify ways to protect Ontario's nine million drivers against fraud while helping to stabilize auto insurance rates across the province.

The report contains 38 targeted recommendations that are based on several principles used to examine four key areas: prevention, detection, enforcement, and regulatory roles. We welcome comments on the initiatives proposed in the report.

The task force consulted with stakeholders and received more than 50 presentations and submissions from interested parties that included the insurance industry, health care providers and consumer groups.

The task force's work is part of a broader package of reforms first announced in 2010 to reduce fraud, abuse and waste in the auto insurance system. This waste contributes to increased claims costs and leads to consumers paying higher premiums. A vital part of combating auto insurance fraud in Ontario is informing and engaging drivers so they can detect fraud and avoid becoming victims.

Our government will continue to take strong steps to crack down on fraud by making changes that will benefit drivers by helping to lower premiums, increase road safety and ensure people hurt in car accidents get the treatment they need."

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