To drive in Canada, auto insurance is required by law from coast-to-coast-to-coast; however, the cost for coverage varies significantly depending on which province or territory you live in. A recent report (2017) commissioned by Ontario’s Ministry of Finance detailed the average auto insurance premiums paid by drivers across the country, and the range in rates is considerable.
Those that will continue your driving record: Some companies will consider your previous experience and will offer you a rate based on how long you have been driving, no matter where you got your on-road experience. Check with a broker to see which companies consider previous out-of-Canada experience so you can reduce your chances of a denial and increase your chances of getting the best possible rate.
Before shopping for the best car insurance rates, it is a good idea to do a little bit of homework first. Insurance companies know their products, and it can be easy to become tricked into signing on to a policy with hidden downfalls that the average consumer will not think to ask about. Insurance brokers are not obligated to quote the cheapest rate, so you should ask what those rates are and what the policies entail. Another aspect many shoppers forget to consider is cancellation fees. Before signing anything, you should read the fine print. Every policy has different stipulations, and you should understand what those are or risk being dropped if you get a couple of tickets.
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Ajusto is underwritten by The Personal, which refers to The Personal Insurance Company. ® Ajusto is a registered trademark of Desjardins General Insurance Inc., used with permission by The Personal Insurance Company. The discount does not apply to certain endorsements and additional coverages. Please note that the discount will automatically be applied to the premium at renewal. Ajusto is only available in Ontario and Quebec.
The chart above illustrates the average auto insurance premiums across Canada. Typically the province of Ontario is characterized by the highest auto insurance rates. Quebec, as a rule, has more affordable car insurance premiums since the health part of the insurance (e.g. bodily injuries) is covered by the government. Not all provinces allow customers to choose from a variety of insurers. Three provinces have crown companies being the only source of vehicle insurance:
You can save a bit of money by paying for your insurance once per year rather than once per month. This helps the insurance company save on the administrative costs of billing you every month and a lot of the time they will pass the cost savings on to you. It means you will have to pay a larger amount all at once, but in the long run it can help you save as long as you have that money up front.
What the above facts help illustrate is that, quite simply, Toronto is a big, busy city with lots of cars on the road. This translates to lots of driving and lots of traffic congestion, which can lead to accidents - especially multi-vehicle accidents. Factor in pedestrians, cyclists, and public transportation (TTC), and there is no shortage of things that drivers need to pay attention to when behind the wheel.
Certain conditions apply. The OMA Auto & Home Insurance Program is underwritten by The Personal General Insurance Inc. in Quebec and by The Personal Insurance Company in all other provinces and territories (collectively carrying on business as “The Personal”). The discounts and savings referred to are for Ontario residents only. Certain products and services may not be available in all provinces and territories. Auto insurance not available in Manitoba, Saskatchewan or British Columbia due to government-run plans. The clauses and terms pertaining to the described coverages are detailed in the insurance policy. Certain restrictions and exclusions are included therein.
Insurance rates are always changing. Take car insurance, for example. In many provinces, rates change every three months. Car insurance companies typically apply to their respective regulating board to have their rates either increased or decreased. This means that even if you were getting the best rate two years ago, you might not be getting the best rate today. It's just the nature of the car insurance industry, which is why these same regulating boards recommend drivers shop around and compare rates from at least three different car insurance companies before purchasing a policy.
To follow that excellent advice, we’ll continue with another common tip: increase your deductible. It’s not uncommon for those who increase their deductible from $350 to $500 to save 10 to 20 percent on their annual car insurance cost, and possibly a lot more if you bump up the deductible to $1,000. As you discuss this with your car insurance broker or representative in Toronto, why not ask about how combining policies, or bundling insurance packages, can save you money. It’s quite reasonable to expect a 15 percent discount by having one company providing both your home and car insurance requirements. Also, if you have the means, paying your annual premium in one lump sum is another method to lower insurance costs.
Maximum discount while enrolled in the CAA Connect program is 15% on renewal after one year. To qualify for the CAA Member Loyalty Discount, you must be a current CAA Member in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). Eligible CAA Members may qualify to receive a Member Loyalty Discount based on membership tenure and Roadside Assistance usage.
*75% of Kanetix customers in Ontario who participated in the survey said Kanetix helped them identify an average savings amount of $610 (June – November 2017) on their car insurance. The cited amount represents the average difference between the best quote obtained at www.kanetix.ca and the current premium amount of participants in the survey. The savings amount varies by individual and does not constitute a guarantee; in each individual case, the difference may be smaller or greater than the savings amount cited.
The majority of Canadians choose to customize their policy beyond the mandatory minimum coverage requirements, though additional coverage options and limit increases may vary by Province. Examples of policy customization would be adding collision and comprehensive coverage to your policy, while upping your accident benefits limits to better suit your needs. Before finalizing your policy make sure to review all coverage options available to you within your Province!
The secret to finding cheap car insurance in these provinces is to compare auto insurance rates from as many insurers as possible. Some websites compare rates from just a few providers, but claim they will save you thousands of dollars. We are transparent about the insurers we work. We search for the cheapest car insurance rates across 25 insurance companies – see above (varies by province). This is, by far, more than the most other websites out there. Give it a try and start saving today.
Become an occasional driver under your parents’ policy – Consider being an occasional driver before getting your own car and becoming a primary driver. Occasional drivers pay significantly less for auto insurance. You can build up driving experience while being an occasional driver and end up paying less for auto insurance once you become a primary driver down the road.
Insurance is funny, in a weird sort of way, because rates can vary wildly between insurance companies. Also, premiums often change so the insurance provider who offered you the best rate two years ago, or even last year, may not be the insurer who offers you the best car insurance rate today. That’s why it’s so important to shop around, because the quote you get from one company can be significantly higher (or lower) than the quote you get from another.