Ombudsman

Complaint Resolution Assistance

We want you to be confident with your decision to purchase insurance products from us and that we will handle your claims fairly with integrity and respect. If you have a complaint about our service or your claim, we want to work with you to try and resolve your concern.

Contact your Agent or Broker

We recommend as the first step that you contact your agent or broker, the person you purchased your insurance policy from. Your agent/broker is an independent insurance professional who works for you, not the insurance company. Most often your agent or broker will be able to provide clarification to alleviate your concerns. If they are unable to resolve your complaint they will be able to direct you to the representative at our company who can best look into your complaint.

Contact a Heartland Farm Mutual Representative

If your agent/broker is unable to resolve your complaint and has recommended you speak to a representative at our company, that individual will try to provide further clarification to address the specifics of your complaint.

Ombudsman

If your agent/broker and our company representative have been unable to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction you should contact our Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman can investigate complaints regarding various issues but please be advised they cannot get involved in complaints about:

  • The investigation, negotiation or settlement of an insurance claim
  • The cost of insurance
  • The availability of insurance

If you wish to file a formal complaint on any other issues, we require you to put your complaint in writing. Please use our online form to submit the information directly to our Ombudsman.

Alternatively, you may provide us with a letter that includes the following information:

  • Your name, address and policy number or claim number
  • A phone number where you can be reached during normal business hours
  • The nature of your complaint, and
  • What it is you would like us to do

Send your letter to:
Ombudsman
Heartland Farm Mutual Inc.
100 Erb Street East
Waterloo, ON N2J 1L9
Email: ombudsman@heartlandfarmmutual.com

If we are unable to resolve your concern to your satisfaction, the Ombudsman will ensure you receive a letter outlining the company’s final position. If you are still dissatisfied with the company’s final position and wish to pursue the matter further, you may contact the General Insurance OmbudService (GIO), which helps resolve differences between insurance companies and their customers, for home, automobile and business insurance issues in Canada. GIO is an independent dispute resolution service and there is no charge for their services. The GIO will determine if your issue falls within their mandate. You can access GIO by phone, mail, e-mail, fax or through their website.

Our complaints body will work with the GIO and all applicable provincial and federal regulators in order to resolve the issue as effectively as possible. The GIO does not provide any type of compensation and its services are non-binding.

You may reach the General Insurance OmbudService at:

General Insurance OmbudService
2727 Courtice Road, P.O. Box 98009
Courtice, ON L1E 3A0
1-877-225-0446
Fax: 416-299-4261
www.giocanada.org
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