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.
Ontario paved the way for ride-share insurance in Canada by becoming one of the first provinces to introduce insurance products specifically for Uber drivers, and now for Lyft and other ride-sharing platforms. Several insurance companies now offer this type of coverage as ride-sharing increases in popularity, especially in dense urban areas such as Toronto.
Among the things insurance companies don’t take into account are: employment history, bankruptcy, your housing situation and history, or your net worth. In Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, insurers also cannot take your credit score into account when assessing your premiums – but in Nova Scotia they can; in Alberta, they need your permission. Car colour also doesn’t affect rates – it is a widely-believed myth that owners of red cars pay more – they don’t.
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.
Similarly, many Ontario auto insurance companies have discounts available to customers who install additional safety features, upgrades or alarms in their vehicle. To save money, high risk drivers should also consider trading in their cars for a different model equipped with better safety equipment or one that rates low in car theft frequency or fares better in collisions. Information is available from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, which issues a Canadian Loss Experience Automobile Rating (CLEAR) that’s used by several Ontario auto insurance companies in setting premiums.
The first is when you insure more than one car together on the same policy. So if you or your family have more than one car, you can save on the total insurance payments by having them bundled together on the same policy. The second is by combining multiple types of insurance. Most insurance companies offer savings when you bundle your car and home insurance on one policy, and some even offer additional bundling options for things like boats, jewelry, and more.
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