COVID-19: Information for our clients

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 13, 2021

The provincial government introduced new laws on July 1 to help slow down speeders and make Ontario roads safer. The Moving Ontario More Safely Act begins by targeting aggressive driving, stunt driving, and speed racing. They are lowering the threshold for tickets and increasing the penalties if caught. Many municipalities, including Waterloo Region, are reporting more stunt driving and speed racing incidents over the past year . The trend has forced the Ontario...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jun 29, 2021

The pursuit of a cleaner future relies on the actions of individuals. Making the decision to change from a gas-guzzling car or truck to an electric vehicle is one of those actions. In Waterloo Region, that action is becoming more and more of a trend. A recent report highlights the impressive uptick in electric vehicles found in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and the townships. Sustainable Waterloo Region had a local goal of 1,000 electric cars on the road by...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jun 17, 2021

Canadian’s interest in pro basketball has grown exponentially over the past ten years. The success of the Toronto Raptors has fuelled that growth and encouraged more to get involved with the sport. At Staebler, we don’t want to sit on the sidelines. That’s why we’re jumping on the court and entering into a new partnership with the Guelph Nighthawks, a professional basketball team in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). The CEBL began with its first season in 2019, soon...

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By Staebler Insurance on May 31, 2021

One of the biggest hits to a trucking firm’s insurance policy can be the theft of cargo and Ontario insurance companies are sounding the alarms to bring attention to this particular threat.  Across the province, the transportation and logistics industry continues to see an increase in cargo theft, primarily through a tactic known as ‘fictitious pick-ups'.  Essentially, fictitious pick-ups occur when a legitimate transportation carrier’s identity is stolen and thieves...

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By Staebler Insurance on May 18, 2021

It’s almost time to make waves again! The short wake of boating season typically begins in May and goes until September when the water temperatures dip too low to bear. Many recreational boaters in southern Ontario get started around Victoria Day long weekend (May 22-24) when the weather is more consistent and lake waters rise to acceptable Canadian levels. Whether you’re hitting one of the Great Lakes or smaller inland options in Ontario, we’re here to help you get the...

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By Staebler Insurance on Apr 30, 2021

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) have partnered together to address insurance availability issues within the commercial trucking industry. For years, truck drivers with limited years’ experience, and their carriers, have struggled securing the proper insurance coverage they need. At the same time, insurance companies have been paying out an unsustainable amount of earned premiums (105%!) through claims and related...

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By Staebler Insurance on Apr 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is well over a year old and many residents in Kitchener, Waterloo, and surrounding areas continue to adjust to their new normal. Ontario, including Waterloo Region, entered its third lockdown, including a stay-at-home order as of April 8. This affects many service industries and retail jobs and continues to cause financial challenges and income uncertainty. At Staebler Insurance, we understand the struggles that our clients are facing and want to...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 30, 2021

Early spring in Southern Ontario has begun with some spectacularly warm and sunny days. The melt of snow and ice seemed to come and go without much concern. But as we all know, Canadian "spring” weather is unpredictable: It can quickly turn around and return with a wintery vengeance. It’s not uncommon to see a snowfall or freezing rain hit Waterloo Region in April. In case the winter weather returns, don’t get caught off guard with post-winter woes around your property with...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 17, 2021

Good drivers in Waterloo Region and those who are driving significantly less than prior to the pandemic, are seeking alternate auto insurance options. Insurance companies are seeing the changing habits and behaviours of drivers, and have expanded the choices to meet the demand.   For drivers who have eliminated their commute to work and those who have reduced their need of full coverage with cancelled travel plans, could look at a "pay as you drive” option. CAA MyPace launched...

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By Staebler Insurance on Feb 26, 2021

The City of Kitchener announced this week their new anti-idling bylaw, which moves Kitchener more in line with similar bylaws in the neighbouring cities of Cambridge and Waterloo. The new rule targets drivers who keep their engines running for more than three minutes while not in active traffic. It is a tactic to help with Kitchener’s goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050. Officials say school zones are particularly bad for idling.  With the new bylaw, the...

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