Created in 1945, SGI has a head office in Regina and provides services across the province, according to the SGI website. The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the compulsory auto insurance program for driver’s licenses and vehicle registration. The Auto Fund pays for itself, without government funding, and it doesn’t pay dividends to government.
SGI Canada sells property and casualty insurance for home, farm, business, and additional auto. It offers a variety of services including online auto claims forms, driver’s training certification, and even information about children’s car seats and child safety.
SGI operates about 20 claims centres across the province, working with a network of about 300 independent insurance brokers and 420 motor license issuers in Saskatchewan, along with as numerous brokers outside the province. It operates in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
SGI Also Works with Employees, Community, even the Saskatchewan Roughriders
SGI employs about 1,800 people today. SGI has been named one of Canada’s Top 25 Family-Friendly Employers by Media Corp Canada. The award is based on employee programs and benefits, such as progressive maternity leave, parental and compassionate leave, flexible work arrangements, assistance for child and elder care, as well as vacation and time-off.
SGI has also been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Saskatchewan’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Top Diversity Employers, according to the website.
SGI supports community-based and volunteer initiatives across the province, such as the United Way, Telemiracle, and the Terry Fox Run. Along with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, SGI sponsors “Play It Safe Days,” inviting young football fans to visit Regina’s Taylor Field to meet Rider players and learn more about safety.
SGI Promotes New Cell Phone Law and License Initiatives
The Saskatchewan government passed a law restricting cell phone use while driving on January 1, 2010. The Minister responsible for SGI, June Draude, says SGI is concerned with minimizing distractions to help promote road safety.
In 2011, Saskatchewan moves to a one-part driver’s license and identification, valid for five years. A separate photo ID card has been available since 2001, giving residents a two-part paper license and optional photo ID. The one-part license will have security features geared to reducing identity theft.
Residents will be able to obtain the license with a one-time fee, or pay slightly more over five years. During this year the fees will be pro-rated depending on expiry of the individual’s existing photo ID, but after that renewals will last five years. This and other services are part of SGI’s work in Saskatchewan.