COVID-19: All Updates from RSA Canada
We Continue to Support You As We Enter This New Normal
A message from Martin Thompson, President & CEO of RSA Canada
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, RSA Canada has remained committed to working with our broker partners to ensure customers’ needs are met. Part of this was implementing a COVID-19 rate relief strategy to help alleviate the financial burden many customers faced. This resulted in an estimated $75 million in savings for personal and commercial insurance customers.
As Government restrictions ease and businesses across Canada implement reopening plans, we begin to enter a ‘new normal’. With many Canadians now returning to work and getting back on the roads, we know you are working with your customers to ensure their coverage reflects their changing needs.
With this in mind, we have updated our Personal Insurance customer relief measures to align with the gradual reopening of the Canadian Economy. As of October 1, 2020, various accommodations that have been put in place because of COVID-19 will no longer be effect and standard business practices will apply.
I sincerely thank you for both your patience and partnership as we both work through this quickly changing situation.
Martin Thompson, President & CEO, RSA Canada
STAYING IN TOUCH, DIGITALLY
RSA understands the challenges many of you are facing with respect to physical office location accessibility. We strongly encourage you to utilize all of our digital assets for communication and transactions during this time of physical distancing.
Please visit our broker portal, BRAVO, for digital tools such as:
- WebBusiness: RSA’s Personal transaction portal to issue new business and to change or cancel existing policies in real time (please note, note available in Quebec)
- RSA ClaimsPoint™: RSA’s on-line claims portal to submit first notice of loss for Personal and Commercial (exception of commercial fleet, commercial GL and Marine; please note, not available in Quebec)
- EZ docs: RSA’s digital solution to receive or retrieve your electronic copy of your client’s policy documents for Personal and Small Business.
- RSA Pro tool: RSA’s online quote and bind tool for Small Business (Business & Professional Services, Contracting and Retail)
SERVICES & COVERAGE
We can confirm that our claims department continues to be fully up and running, leveraging technology to support new ways of working including:
Our online portal will speed up reporting and submission of the claim with pre-loaded policy information and we will be placing priority on portal submissions over fax and email submissions at this time.
The portal is available to all RSA Retail Brokers and policyholders with the exception of Commercial fleet, Commercial GL and Marine. the portal is also not available in Quebec. For all other claims you can call our claims teams at 1 800 319 9993 (for RSA and WA clients), 1 888 267 6766 (for CNS clients) and 1 800 873 2424 (for Quebec clients).
Moving Towards Digital Claims
To quickly evolve with the changes COVID-19 has brought us, we ask that any claims submitted by you or your customers are done through RSA Claims Point™. We will no longer be accepting Personal Insurance home and auto claims submitted via fax or email after these dates:
Ontario, Alberta, and Atlantic Provinces: April 20, 2020
British Columbia: April 27, 2020
Any fax or email claims submitted after this date (excluding Facility Association and Commercial Insurance claims) will not be entered into our claims queue.
For more information visit our dedicated COVID-19 Claims page.
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
We are aware that different insurers are currently taking varying stances with respect to enacting The Declaration of Emergency Endorsement (please note, this does not apply to Quebec). At this time, RSA Canada is not applying the Endorsement automatically for all renewals; the majority of our policies will continue to be issued and customers will receive their renewals and continue coverage. For cancellations where the customer can demonstrate they were directly impacted by the emergency, we will consider the specific request on a case by case basis. Brokers are encouraged to contact our underwriters to discuss specific policies.
Our billing team is fully operational and functional with payments and all other billing transactions continuing to be processed.
Non-sufficient Funds Fees (NSF)
As of October 1, 2020, customers who are not meeting their payment obligations will receive a cancellation notice. NSF and reinstatement fees have also been reinstated.
For more information, please contact our billing team at 1-800-366-0646.
RSA is complying with government direction to limit social interactions and RSA will not require our customers to meet with others for property inspections or appraisals at this time.
RENEWALS, EXTENSIONS & COVERAGE
At this time, we will continue to renew policies as business as usual.
These requests will be addressed on a case-by-case basis; we are committed to a flexible and accommodating approach with respect to extensions or holding cover
Please keep in mind, each situation has a unique set of facts that must be considered in order to provide an accurate statement on the applicability of coverage. In order to properly assess coverage, the policy must be read in its entirety and all relevant terms, conditions and exclusions must be considered.
Please Note: This is intended as a guideline only and is intended to assist you with inquiries from your clients. Please reach out to your underwriter or claims representative for policy details.
To help answer further questions, we have put together “Frequently Asked Questions” documents for both brokers and customers.
COVID-19 Tip Sheets
Maintaining idle vehicles: Follow these tips to protect your vehicle
Protecting yourself and your vehicle: Tips for new delivery drivers
Protecting unattended homes: Tips to keep your property safe during a lockdown
To help answer further questions, we have put together a “Frequently Asked Questions” document.
COVID-19 Tip Sheets
Protecting commercial fleets: Tips for managing a business shutdown
Protecting idle property: Tips for managing a business shutdown
Protecting idle construction sites: Tips for managing a business shutdown
Effective equipment layup and restart: Tips for managing a shutdown
THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING A STRONG BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN FOR SME'S
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is important to understand how an interrupted supply chain can impact businesses. RSA Canada's Regional Director for Global Specialty Lines, Mark Wyatt, emphasizes the importance of reviewing business interruption coverage and ensuring a continuity plan is in place. Read more on our Expert Advice article on Insurance Business Canada.
We will continue to make informed decisions based on the guidance and recommendations as laid out by the government and health authorities. Please continue to stay up-to-date with RSA Broker Bulletins as well as resources laid out by the Government and other industry leaders.
September 15, 2020
Personal Insurance Update: Customer Relief Measures - Please speak directly with your Regional Sales Manager for more information
May 5, 2020
Extending coverage for vacant/unoccupied risks
April 24, 2020
COVID-19 - RSA Summary of PI changes and Additional Customer Support
April 17, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: RSA to offer $75 million in Customer Financial Relief
April 16, 2020
COVID-19 – RSA Financial Relief for Commercial Customers
April 14, 2020
Changes to claims intake process in Alberta effective April 20
Changes to claims intake process in Ontario & Atlantic region effective April 20
Changes to claims intake process in British Columbia effective April 27
April 3, 2020
COVID-19- Keeping you and your clients informed
March 26, 2020
Important message from RSA Canada re: COVID-19
March 18, 2020
COVID-19 – Update from RSA
March 13, 2020
COVID-19 - Important Information for RSA Brokers
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Health & Safety Updates