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November Newsletter

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November ~ Personal Lines Perspective

Tips for Saving for Your Child’s Future 

Saving for your child’s future is important, especially when you consider how expensive college is. Thankfully, there are a number of steps parents can take to start saving today in order to ensure their children are financially prepared for the future.

The following are some easy tips to consider:    Continue Reading…

Here we grow again

Here we grow again!

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As we welcomed September and the Fall season, we wanted to take this time to welcome our newest Beyond Insurance team member!  September ushered in some massive changes at Beyond Insurance Brokers Inc.

As many of you know Jennifer Bernier and her family made the move to the Windsor area and she is now running a branch office there.  This led to a few changes in our Whitby office…

We are super excited to welcome Marisa Fitzgerald to our Whitby office; she will provide us with administrative support.  The next time you call be sure to help us welcome her to the Beyond family.

Keely Sawyer has moved into the Broker position.  She has spent the last year wearing several different hats within the Beyond office and is excited to help the clients with the last names M-Z on a full time basis!

Which brings us to the final shift in the office; Tatum will join Jennifer in writing new business at Beyond Insurance.  Tatum and Jennifer will work as a team to bring in new clients to our offices – the best compliment you can give us is by referring your friends and family to Beyond.

Shelley will continue to assist all of our commercial clients!  She will also help out Keely with her half of the alpha split.  Kim will continue looking after her clients from A-L and looks forward to her continued relationships.

The changes that we have made will allow Judy to focus on the day to day management of the office ~ that being said if your broker is not available, any of our licensed would be happy to provide you with the assistance that you need.

We look forward to providing you with all of your insurance needs ~ WE DON’T SELL YOU INSURANCE…WE HELP YOU BUY IT!

MyBeyond – 24/7 access to your insurance documents including Pink Slips is now available.

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The MyBeyond Mobile App allows customers to quickly and conveniently access their insurance documentation, and their personalized pink slips directly through the app.  Beyond Insurance is always looking for ways to better serve our customers, and building the self serve capabilities of the MyBeyond App seemed like a no-brainier for the Beyond Team.  If you have any questions, or suggestions for the new MyBeyond App, please feel free to contact us at info@beyondins.net.

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Northbridge Insurance ~ Alert Labs gives Ontario customers a new way to help protect their homes from water damage – and save on insurance

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To help customers protect their homes, Northbridge Insurance has launched a program offering their customers annual home insurance savings of up to $150 when they purchase and install an Alert Labs Home Solution package, consisting of a Flowie water sensor and a Floodie companion sensor.

 Alert Labs sensors are also available at a special rate for Northbridge customers, and can be installed by homeowners in less than two minutes on municipal water meters–no tools or technical expertise required.

 Click here to learn more about this special offer, or give us a call at 905-666-7600 with any questions.

 

 

News from our Partner, Aviva Insurance Company!

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To all our broker partners across Canada

We’re pleased to announce that our automatic emergency braking (AEB) discount is now available for new business and renewals in Alberta and Quebec, in Nova Scotia effective December 1, 2016 and in Ontario effective December 15, 2016. It will be available in other provinces in the coming months (subject to regulatory approval).

It’s another industry first for us and a great way to recognize customers and consumers who drive vehicles with enhanced safety features. To help create awareness around this initiative, we’re issuing a press release and hosting a media event together with Toyota Canada, where we’ll be live tweeting.
Click here
to read the press release.

Jason Storah, Executive Vice President of Broker Distribution for Aviva Canada sums it up:
“Automatic emergency braking is quickly becoming a key feature in preventing collisions and reducing their severity. This means less repair costs and more importantly, fewer injuries. It’s simple – our customers who choose vehicles with features that help prevent collisions, or reduce their impact, will pay less for their insurance coverage.”

How it works
It’s simple and easy for your customers with this type of vehicle to get the discount – it’s automatically applied on renewal. For new business, it will automatically apply when you enter the vehicle make and model and vehicle identification number.

If you are new to Beyond Insurance Brokers and would like to speak to us about the new AEB discount with Aviva Insurance Company, please schedule an appointment with us below:

Book an appointment with Beyond Insurance Brokers Inc using SetMore

Beat the Heat!

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Hey we are not complaining about the heat!   We spend almost 9 months of the year in a cool climate, so when the summer solstice finally arrives, we are grateful for the long lazy hot days of summer.   However, summer heat can be more than uncomfortable, and staying well-hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to beat the heat.

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Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, and the worse can happen….Heat Stroke.  We have some tips for you right here for staying cool when the summer heats up.    We not only care about protecting your assets, your home, car or business, but we also care about you.  Take care of yourself this summer and have a good one!

Beating the Summer Heat

Ontario Auto Know Your Options!

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If you own an auto in Ontario, you’re required to have an automobile insurance policy in case an accident occurs.   This one-minute video shares important facts about increasing coverage and perhaps the standard coverage may not be right for you.  It’s important to know your options, and we can help you with that.   Contact one of the brokers at Beyond Insurance, we can help you make the decisions you need to protect yourself and your family, if the unforeseen should happen!

Auto Insurance is Changing in 2016

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In an ongoing effort to reform auto insurance coverage for consumers, the Ontario Government is implementing important changes in 2016 that you should be aware of before you renew your auto insurance policy.   These changes are effective June 1st, will apply only to auto insurance policies issued or renewed on or after the effective date.  Existing policies will remain subject to the current limits until they are terminated or renewed.

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The reforms aim to make premiums more affordable and provide consumers with more choice in the insurance coverage you can select.   Specifically, the revisions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Including attendant care benefits in standard accident benefits while increasing the standard benefit for accident benefits from $50,000 to $65,000.  Currently, attendant care is separated at $36,000;  Consumers will have the option to increase the combined non-catastrophic benefit to $130,000. in total;
  • Combining the attendant care and medical & rehabilitation for catastrophic injuries to $1 million in total,  with the option to increase to $2 million;
  • The option to purchase coverage that combines the Medical, Rehabilitation and Attendant Care, for ALL injuries to limits for non-catastrophic of  $1Million and the combined catastrophic benefit total to $2Million;
  • Reducing the standard duration for med and rehab benefits from 10 years to 5 years;
  • Eliminating the six-month waiting period for non-earner benefits while limiting your duration to two years from the accident;
  • Requiring goods and services not explicitly listed in the SABS to be “essential” and agreed on by the insurer;
  • Updating the catastrophic benefit definition to be “consistent with more up-to-date medical information and knowledge”

Some other important changes are as follows:

  • Changing the standard deductible for Comprehensive coverage from $300. to $500.
  • Lowering the interest rate for monthly payment plans from 3% to 1.3%
  • Insurers can no longer use a minor at-fault accident, meeting certain criteria, to increase your premiums

For general information about changes to auto insurance in Ontario, you can contact the Financial Services Commission of Ontario or call us and speak with a licensed insurance broker at Beyond Insurance.

Are you driver in a network, like Uber?

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If yes, then Uber driver we have Uber Insurance just for you

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Coverage is now available drivers who spend up to 20 hours a week participating in ride-sharing or uber like activity.   Together with our insurance partner at Aviva Canada, we are the first to market with this type of coverage to drivers in Ontario.

The solution available provides drivers and passengers with peace of mind knowing that they have insurance coverage while ride-sharing from the moment you as the driver and passenger are matched through an online platform,  to the moment your passenger arrives at their destination.  Consider it end to end insurance.  From pick-up to drop off, every trip insured.

It is a simple addition to your Aviva personal lines automobile policy in the form of a Transportation Network * Endorsement (ie Uber)  This endorsement transfers the risk from the part-time driver to the insurer, allowing drivers to carry paying passengers when under contract for a transportation network company.

As long as there is no other commercial use of your vehicle or registered or plated for use as a taxi, limousine or any other public transportation,  you may qualify for the coverage, Uber driver!

To find out more Contact one of the members of the Beyond Team!  or email us at info@beyondins.net

  • Transportation Network means a digital network or other electronic means that allows persons to arrange to provide transportation services for compensation.

Put Down Your Cell Phone and #Likelife

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Texting and Driving does not allow you to #Likelife!  Our friends at the Insurance Bureau of Canada have released a very important campaign called #Likelife.   We like life don’t you?

Please watch and share this important message with your friends and family…. but not while your driving!

While many drivers’ attention may be diverted as a result of multi-tasking behind the wheel, nothing tops the cell phone as a driver distraction. Many drivers use their cell phones to turn their cars into mobile offices, to catch up with friends and loved ones, or to simply squeeze more “productive” time into their day.

Cell phone use is especially dangerous because drivers typically cannot divide their attention between the road and their conversation or text.  Even if you use a hands-free device, you risk being distracted and inattentive.

#Likelife

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News from our partner Aviva Insurance Company

To all our broker partners across Canada

We’re pleased to announce that our automatic emergency braking (AEB) discount is now available for new business and renewals in Alberta and Quebec, in Nova Scotia effective December 1, 2016 and in Ontario effective December 15, 2016. It will be available in other provinces in the coming months (subject to regulatory approval).

It’s another industry first for us and a great way to recognize customers and consumers who drive vehicles with enhanced safety features. To help create awareness around this initiative, we’re issuing a press release and hosting a media event together with Toyota Canada, where we’ll be live tweeting.
Click here
to read the press release.

Talk to your customers about the discount
If you have a customer that owns a vehicle with AEB, we encourage you to talk to them about the discount.

Jason Storah, Executive Vice President of Broker Distribution for Aviva Canada sums it up:
“Automatic emergency braking is quickly becoming a key feature in preventing collisions and reducing their severity. This means less repair costs and more importantly, fewer injuries. It’s simple – our customers who choose vehicles with features that help prevent collisions, or reduce their impact, will pay less for their insurance coverage.”

How it works
It’s simple and easy for your customers with this type of vehicle to get the discount – it’s automatically applied on renewal. For new business, it will automatically apply when you enter the vehicle make and model and vehicle identification number.