Although rural backroads and small-towns in Ontario do have their own unique hazards, owning and driving a car in an urban area, like Toronto or Ottawa, carries significantly higher risks for everything from traffic accidents to theft to minor fender benders. Due to the higher risk associated with cars in the city, car insurance is generally more expensive in city centres.
If you have a clean driving record, you qualify for a good driver discount – up to 25% off your premium with programs like Intact’s My Driver Discount. All you need to do is plug a device into your vehicle’s Onboard Diagnostic (OBD) port to track your good driving habits. Information relayed by the device is never used to penalize you – only reward you. We also have other programs available which offer good driving discounts without the use of a device.
This insurance is required by law throughout Canada. It covers the costs associated with damages caused to another person or vehicle in an accident, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost earnings, legal fees, and other expenses up to the limit of your policy. As a practical matter, you'll want enough insurance to cover a judgment against you in a major accident so that your personal assets won't be put at risk.
Cutting back car insurance coverage to meet the provincial minimum requirement is only an option for a few drivers who are able and willing to take on the financial costs of repairing or replacing a vehicle after an accident. The standard provincial policy does not include collision or comprehensive insurance provisions. However, drivers financing car purchases may find that lenders have insurance requirements.
In order to operate a vehicle in Canada, you are required to have a valid car insurance policy in place at all times. Car insurance policy requirements vary from province to province, depending on the type of insurance system each is mandated by (public vs. private). However, you need to have a minimum amount of third-party liability insurance, to protect yourself financially in the event that you injure someone or damage their car/property. You’ll also need a minimum amount of accident benefits protection, which provides you with coverage for any medical/rehabilitation costs that occur as result from an accident.
Comprehensive: With this option, you’re covered for any threat or danger other than collision, including theft*, damage or loss caused by vandalism, projectiles, and falling or flying objects such as stones kicked up by a truck in front of you. The important thing to remember is that this coverage applies to your vehicle only, not you or your passengers.
Like in the rest of the province of Ontario, the minimum amount of third-party liability coverage required by law in Toronto is $200,000. It is often recommended that this number be significantly higher in order to properly help cover your family — especially in a dense urban centre like Toronto, which is surrounded by 400 series highways — traffic accidents are more common than rural areas.
The more time you spend on the road, the higher your chances of being in a collision or getting a ticket. If you can, start carpooling with colleagues to work, taking public transit, biking or walking because if you can find ways to spend less time commuting, not only could you benefit from a lower premium, but you’ll also decrease your chances of getting a ticket or being in a collision. There are also health benefits too if you bike or walk to work instead of taking the car.
We know driving in Toronto can be challenging, from the Gardiner’s morning gridlock to the crowded parking spots of Bloor. That’s why you need a car insurance plan built for city driving – one suited for the ever-changing road conditions, the speedy freeways and the diverse neighbourhoods. And we take that need very seriously. As a car insurance broker, we shop at up to nine car insurance companies to make sure you get the best rates for your specific driving situation. We’re also available 24/7 to help you with any claims.