As per law in order to drive in Ontario it is mandatory for all Ontario drivers to be covered under the minimum mandatory insurance coverage. Failure to carry valid auto insurance while operating a vehicle in Ontario can lead to numerous fines and place you in a sorely disadvantaged position when being considered for future auto insurance quotes and policies.
If your driving licence originates from a country that has an agreement with Canada and can be converted into a Canadian licence, there is also the question of how long you can drive with your out-of-country driving licence before you have to convert it, and these times vary by province. Here are examples from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia:
Some employers will offer their employees savings or discounts to employees on their car insurance if you go through them, similar to professional associations and their members. The same tips apply for this as with associations: ask the organization how the insurance benefits work, and make sure to still shop around in case you can find a better deal elsewhere.
Young drivers qualify for discounts by successfully completing driver training programs that have MTO approval. Be sure to check the MTO site for revoked schools. Certificates of completion won’t be honoured by insurance companies unless a school has MTO approval. At time of publication, two Brampton schools are listed on the list of revoked schools. Some insurance companies also offer discounts to students who maintain honours level marks in high school.
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.