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Wawanesa's unique "Drive Change" program now available across Ontario

“Drive Change” is built to deliver discounted auto rates, safer communities, and great rewards

Toronto, Ontario – To help reward good drivers and make communities across Ontario safer, Wawanesa has launched a unique mobile phone based telematics application, called Drive Change. While there are several telematics programs currently available in Ontario, Wawanesa’s new Drive Change program provides discounts for safe driving and rewards points that specifically encourage Wawanesa members to drive without cell phone distractions.

“Our Drive Change app is all about member safety and affordability,” said Wawanesa’s SVP and Chief Operations Officer – East, Anna McCrindell. “We want to help our members become more aware of their driving habits and incent them to be safer, so everyone in our communities can enjoy safer streets.”

Drive Change is an optional, continuous monitoring, usage-based insurance program that collects information on driving behaviour through a smartphone application. It is now available across Ontario for Private Personal Auto. Drive Change launches into the Ontario market with immediate and ongoing incentives for safe driving, such as:

  • Automatic 10% discount;
  • On renewal, discounts of up to 25% based on driving behaviour;
  • Reward points for not using their phone while operating their vehicle, with points redeemable for gift cards at a variety of retailers;
  • Prior telematics discounts from other carriers of up to 20% may be available (conditions apply, speak to a broker for more information);
  • Automatic discount on related Homeowners or Condominium Owners’ policy when a member is also enrolled in Drive Change; and
  • No extra charges or penalties associated with the Drive Change program.

“Drive Change is the first program of its kind to honour prior carrier discounts and reward safe driving through a points system, in addition to the potential premium savings,” said Wawanesa’s SVP & Chief Insurance and Technology Officer, Tracy Riley. “As a mutual insurance company, it was important to us to make sure we were bringing meaningful cost savings to our members, as well as improving the safety and wellbeing of our broader communities.”

Wawanesa’s Drive Change app is now available across Ontario through Wawanesa’s wide network of independent insurance brokers. To find out more, visit Wawanesa’s Drive Change website here.  


About The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company 

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1896, is one of Canada’s largest mutual insurers, with over $4 billion (CAD) in annual revenue and assets of nearly $12 billion (CAD). Wawanesa Mutual, with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon; Wawanesa Life, which provides life insurance products and services throughout Canada; and Western Financial Group, which distributes personal and business insurance across Canada. Wawanesa proudly serves more than 1.6 million members in Canada. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates. Learn more at


For more information:

Brad Hartle

Senior Communications Specialist, Media Relations

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Phone: 1-844-946-6282

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