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Meet Wawanesa Canada

The multinational corporation we know today as The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co. was first established in a small Manitoba village at the end of the 19th century. It began as a farmers' mutual insurance carrier and has blossomed into a robust insurance company that has maintained its mutual ownership roots. Though it was founded in Wawanesa and adopted the small town's name as its own, the company now houses its head offices in Winnipeg and operates all over Canada.

Wawanesa is not a one-size-fits-all auto insurer. It boasts a number of policyholder-specific discounts that reward retirees, loyal customers, students, multi-package buyers and many others.

Wawanesa prides itself on being a stable insurer that provides genuine reliability. Its claim of "earning your trust since 1896" is backed up by an A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best, one of the most trusted and authoritative insurance information sources in the world.

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The Wawanesa advantage

Discounts

Wawanesa began providing basic car insurance coverage in 1928 and has greatly expanded its options since then. For example, it now offers discounts for policyholders whose profiles and vehicles satisfy certain requirements.

You can save on your premium if you insure two or more vehicles with Wawanesa, if you bundle your home and auto insurance policies, or if you have a clear driving record (no traffic tickets, no accidents in the past six years, and completion of a driver education course).

And there are many other ways to save with Wawanesa. Here are the different types of discounts it makes available:

  • Anti-theft Discount for when you protect your vehicle
  • Away at School Discount for students
  • Cascading Experience Discount / Experience & Experience Plus Discounts
  • Driver's Education Discount for driver’s education graduates
  • Farm Discount for farmers
  • Loyalty and Renewal Discounts for sticking with Wawanesa
  • Mature Driver Discount
  • Minor Conviction Free Discount for drivers with a clean record
  • Multi-Product Discount for bundling with another policy
  • Multi-Vehicle Discount for bundling multiple vehicles
  • Preferred Motorcycle Discount
  • Recreational Vehicle Discount
  • Retiree Discount
Special programs

Pet Accident Wording Supplements (or PAWS for short) is a supplementary insurance product, which covers your pet in the event of an car accident. Better yet, it follows your pet no matter where they go — it covers any accidents that may occur when they’re in someone else’s car.

Is there an app?

Yes. Wawanesa Mobile can be downloaded at the App Store for iPhones or through Google Play for Android devices. It allows users to perform the following functions:

  • Access proof of insurance for automobiles
  • Report an accident, theft, or damage
  • Capture and store relevant details through both photo and audio
  • Quick contact to Roadside Assistance or Customer Service
  • Track exact present location via GPS

Though the Wawanesa Mobile app can be used to report an accident, theft, or damage to a car, proper claims can only be submitted via phone or through the online claim submission page. In emergencies, Wawanesa urges policyholders to call its phone line, which is available 24-7.

How to submit a claim with Wawanesa

To file a claim with Wawanesa, call the helpline.

  • Phone

    To file a claim by phone: 1-844-WAWANESA (929-2637)

  • Clock

    Hours of operation: The claims line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What else does Wawanesa do?

Auto insurance is just one of Wawanesa’s four core products. The other three are home, farm, and commercial business insurance. Its subsidiary, Wawanesa Life, offers life insurance, and is also available across Canada.

Wawanesa is also known for its prominent charitable contributions. The insurer delivers funding support to an estimated 400 charities each year. In 2015, its corporate donations totaled $3-million. Focusing primarily on organizations that provide and promote social services, health, arts and culture, education, and community activities, Wawanesa attempts to make a meaningful impact in a variety of ways.

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