Ontario Ministry of Finance Has Provided Notice On Intent To Change The Interest Rate On Disputed SABS Claims

The Ministry of Finance is proposing to amend the SABS (O. Reg. 34/10) so that when there is a dispute in respect of an insured person’s entitlement to, or amount of statutory accident benefits, interest on overdue SABS payments is calculated at the prejudgment interest rate described in the Courts of Justice Act that is used for past pecuniary loss, and is payable from the date on which a mediation proceeding is commenced and ends on the date a settlement is reached or a decision is issued that finally disposes of the dispute.

 The Ontario government’s Regulatory Registry is inviting stakeholders and interested parties to provide comments on these proposed regulations (that have yet to be made public). The deadline for comments is November 6, 2014.

 Ontario’s Regulatory Registry provides information on new proposed regulatory initiatives that could affect Ontario businesses and recently approved regulations that affect business. Regulations are approved by the provincial Cabinet.

 Once a regulation is approved, a plain language summary of the regulation is posted on the Registry website, with a link to the regulation posted on the Government of Ontario’s e-Laws website.