Conseil d'experts sur les contributions d'assurance automobile
 
 

How to participate in
the public consultation

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This section contains information on the public consultation that took place in 2014-2015.
 

Public consultation

The Act respecting the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec stipulates that a Panel of Experts must hold a public consultation to hear the opinions of parties interested in the amendments to insurance contributions proposed by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ). The consultation is intended for the general public.

Reference documents

Parties who wished to present a submission were invited to consult the following documents:


Notice of consultation
Public hearings
Content of a submission
General presentation
Summary
Submitting a brief
Invitation to attend
List of parties who made a submission
Submitting Comments Online or by Mail

Notice of consultation

The Panel of Experts held a public consultation on the draft Regulation respecting insurance contributions. This consultation was announced via a notice published in the Gazette officielle du Québec and in various newspapers. This notice indicated:

  • the nature of the amendments to insurance contributions contemplated by the SAAQ;
     
  • the possibility for interested parties to submit their opinions to the Panel of Experts;
     
  • the place, date and time of the public hearings during which parties interested in expressing their opinions on the subject were to be heard.

The notice was published on November 27, 2014 in the Gazette officielle du Québec and on November 29, 2014 in the following daily newspapers: Le Journal de Montréal, Le Journal de Québec, La Presse, Le Soleil and the Montreal Gazette. The public consultation must be held at least 30 days after the publication date of the notice.

Public hearings

The Panel of Experts examines the briefs received. Depending on their number and relevance, it may decide to invite to the public hearings all of the parties who submitted a brief or who requested to be heard, or it may determine, where appropriate, which of the parties will be heard.

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Content of a submission

Authors of a brief are entirely free to determine its content. However, its form must satisfy certain requirements.

A brief presents the opinion of its author on a topic linked to the object of the consultation. The text is used to present the arguments that support the author's opinion. The brief must include the following information:

  • the title of the consultation: Public consultation on automobile insurance contributions;
     
  • a short presentation of the person or group submitting the brief;
     
  • a short description of the reasons why the person or group submitting the brief is interested in the topic of automobile insurance contributions;
     
  • recommendations, comments and suggestions relating to the draft Regulation or the issues addressed in the discussion document produced by the SAAQ.

Briefs must not contain personal information. This type of information must appear on a separate page.

The following personal information must be included: the name of the person or group submitting the brief, that person or group’s full address, telephone and fax numbers and, if applicable, e-mail address. For groups, the name and contact information of the person responsible for the brief must be indicated.

Individuals or groups who do not want their personal information to appear on the Web site of the Panel of Experts must clearly indicate that this is the case.

Please note that no changes will be made to the brief once it is filed. Any additional or complementary information must be sent to the Panel of Experts in the form of an addendum, which will then be attached to the previously filed brief.

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General presentation

The brief must express the position of its author on the proposed amendments as clearly and succinctly as possible. The opinions and arguments presented should be based on evidential facts and may be the object of a discussion before the Panel of Experts during the public hearings. It is advisable to highlight any proposed recommendations, comments or suggestions. These elements should, as far as possible, be limited to the subject of the consultation.

The brief will be analyzed by the Panel of Experts, and the author could be invited to present its content at a public hearing.

Summary

Briefs that are more than ten pages long must include a summary.

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Submitting a brief

All briefs and their summaries had to be sent to the Panel of Experts in electronic (email) and paper format by no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2015.

When submitting in electronic format, the sender must ensure that he or she receives a notice of receipt from the Panel of Experts. Both Word and PDF files are accepted.

At least one paper copy of the brief must be sent to the Panel of Experts. The sending of a brief by email does not negate a party’s obligation to send at least one paper copy of the brief to the Panel before the deadline.

Briefs may be mailed in or hand delivered to the reception desk of the Panel of Experts at the following address:

Conseil d'experts sur les contributions d'assurance automobile
400, boulevard Jean-Lesage, local 348
Québec (Québec) G1K 8W1

Each brief will be examined by the members of the Panel of Experts, even if its author is not invited to attend the public hearings.

Invitation to attend

At least five days before the public hearings, the Panel of Experts will send invitations to the parties that it has decided to hear.

This invitation will be sent by both mail and e-mail and will indicate the date, time, place and duration of the hearing, as well as the time allotted for the presentation of the brief and the time allotted for discussion with the members of the Panel of Experts.

Parties who receive an invitation must confirm attendance as soon as possible with the Panel of Experts and specify the name and occupation or position of each individual presenting the brief.

Participants can then contact Ms. Doris Côté from the Panel of Experts to obtain information on how the hearings will be conducted.

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List of parties who have submitted a brief

The deadline for submitting a brief to the Panel of Experts was 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2015.

Any person wishing to consult a brief that has been submitted must contact the individual or group that authored it.

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