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:
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.
In Ontario, the minimum amount of third-party liability coverage, which covers you in a situation where you damage someone else’s property with your car, is $200,000. Although this amount may seem high, it is recommended to take out a plan that offers more protection to help cover you and your family in the event of a more serious accident where people may get injured. If you are in a province which requires a higher minimum, an Ontario car insurance policy must cover the new amount.
Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD): Available only in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, P.E.I. and Quebec, this covers the cost of loss or damage to your car in an accident for which you were not entirely responsible. To qualify, the other driver has to be identified, insured and found to be at least partially at fault. In some provinces, you can no longer sue another person for damage to your car.
Because your vehicle is new and still has most of its value, we recommend this coverage. If your car is damaged by weather, vandalized, or stolen, you’ll be covered. Though your vehicle has a few years on it, we still recommend this coverage. If your car is damaged by weather, vandalized, or stolen, you’ll be covered. Since your car is older and has depreciated in value, we recommend you discuss this coverage with an advisor to make sure it’s right for you. If your car is damaged by weather, vandalized, or stolen, you’ll be covered.
Review your deductibles: If you have collision and comprehensive coverages included in your auto insurance policy, see how much your deductibles are. If they are set at $500, increasing them to $1,000 will typically save you about five to 10 per cent. Only increase them however, if your budget allows for it because the deductible is what you’ll have to fork out should you need to submit a claim.
If you live in Quebec, the provincial public automobile insurance plan covers you for injury or death due to an automobile accident, no matter who is at fault or where in the world the accident happened. However, under the Automobile Insurance Act, you also have to have third-party liability insurance of at least $50,000 for property damage. This protection, available from private insurers such as The Co-operators, covers any property damage caused to another party.
Rental car insurance and credit cards: Many Canadian credit cards include rental car insurance coverage, but there is something very important to know about this. It DOES NOT cover 3rd party liability, meaning that if you damage somebody’s else property, it is not covered. This type of insurance is called a damage/collision wavier, and, as opposed to a real car insurance policy, it is only good for covering scratches/damages on the rental car itself.
Other discounts can include vehicle amenities, such as using snow tires for winter driving or adding approved anti-theft devices. Usage-based insurance programs are on offer from some insurers. These track how your vehicle operates. Factors such as acceleration and braking report through a smart phone or diagnostic device. Participating insurance companies offer a discount when you sign up for the program and good driving habits potentially generate further savings.
The information and examples provided are intended as general information. This information does not constitute legal or insurance advice. You must speak to one of our insurance advisors before purchasing your policy to review additional coverage options and benefits that could be available. Insurance policies contain exclusions and limitations that may affect your coverage and the benefits payable.
If you want to save more money on your car insurance, there are a lot of potential ways for you to do so. They all center on reviewing your life, making some changes to your driving habits, and looking into potential discounts you can get. Most importantly of all, always remember to shop around and see your options because you can almost always find cheaper rates somewhere else. Good luck!
To make sure you get all the available discounts, we apply savings automatically during your car insurance quote. Keep in mind, a lot goes into determining your price, including the vehicle you drive, where you live, how much you drive, and your driving record — as well as coverages, deductibles, and limits. In some provinces your age, gender, and marital status may be factors. Your agent can help you decide how best to balance coverage and price and confirm you're getting all the discounts you're eligible for.