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Auto Insurance Rates in Ontario Continue to Climb

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In its latest quarterly publication, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) reports that Ontario auto insurance rates are expected to increase, on average, 1.99 percent.

Eighteen insurers, representing approximately 46 percent of the insurance market based on premium volume, had rate changes approved by FSCO in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019. And, the rate changes approved vary significantly. While some drivers could see their rates decrease in the neighbourhood of 1.20 percent, other drivers could see their rates jump as high as 20 percent.

Imagine being on the receiving end of that renewal notice!

Seven consecutive quarters of rate increases

The news that approved rates show an increase isn’t surprising. Rates have been climbing for almost two years now. You have to look back to the third quarter of 2017 to find a decrease in approved rates, and that decrease was flat at 0.1 percent. The following is how rates have climbed since, up to and including the latest release:

  • Q4 2017--Approved rates increase on average 1.03 percent
  • Q1 2018--2.23 percent
  • Q2 2018--1.11 percent
  • Q3 2018--2.06 percent
  • Q4 2018--3.35 percent
  • Q1 2019--2.70 percent
  • Q2 2019--1.99 percent

No matter how you look at it, it’s not a pretty picture for Ontario drivers.

For each company given the go ahead to change their rates, FSCO admits, “an individual policyholder may experience a rate change that is either higher or lower than the industry-wide average rate change, or the average rate change for a particular insurer”. As a result, FSCO urges consumer to shop around for auto insurance.

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