Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPI; French: Société d'assurance publique du Manitoba) is the non-profit Crown corporation which administers public auto insurance, motor vehicle registration, and driver licensing in Manitoba. Established by the Government of Manitoba in 1971, it is headquartered in the provincial capital Winnipeg.
MPI has 21 claim centres, two customer service centres in 13 locations across Manitoba.[clarification needed] Driver and Vehicle Licensing (DVL) is available through 147 agents in 123 communities, including 100 photo licensing agencies, and mobile testing units that service 69 communities. MPI partners with more than 300 independent insurance brokers in Manitoba.
As of fall 2014, MPI offers a Winter Tire Financing Program that allows policy holders to finance new Winter Tires and Rims (along with other approved services) up to a maximum of $2,000.00 for a repayment period of one to four years.
The basic automobile insurance product offered by MPI is known more informally as Autopac. Basic automobile insurance is compulsory in Manitoba and is only available through MPI. Extension insurance products (lower deductibles, increased insurance coverage, etc.) are sold in competition with the private sector.
Vehicle registration plate lawsuits
In 2019, MPI was a defendant in two lawsuits financed by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The first challenged the revocation of an "ASIMIL8" license plate on the basis of a single complaint. Its owner, Nicholas Troller, testified that the plate was a reference to Star Trek. The second aimed to reinstate an "NDN CAR" license plate, previously issued to Bruce Spence to celebrate his "Indian" heritage.
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- Geary, Aldan (2019-04-08). "'Knee-jerk reaction to' ASIMIL8 license plate contravenes right to freedom of expression, lawyer argues". CBC. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
- Martens, Kathleen (2019-04-10). "Constitutional challenge may help NDN CAR ride again". APTN News. Retrieved 2019-07-13.