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A car insurance quote estimates the premium you’ll pay for a car insurance policy. The quote is calculated using the information you provide, such as your age, the car you drive, your driving history and your postal code. Every insurer uses a unique formula to calculate your personal car insurance quote, so even if you provide the same information to different insurance companies, no two quotes will look the same.
Auto insurance companies use the information you provide to determine the risk you pose as a client - i.e. how likely you are to make a claim, and how expensive that claim is likely to be. Different companies assess risk in their own unique way, which means the information you provide will yield a wide variety of quotes from different insurers.
There are somethings you cannot easily change about your quote - e.g. the car you drive or where you live - but other things, like the extent of coverage and the deductible you'll pay in the event of a claim, can considerably change the value of your quote.
When it comes to shopping for a car insurance policy, you can choose to get your quotes from a variety of sources, such as an insurance agent or an online comparison site like RATESDOTCA. Shopping around for car insurance allows you to find the best deal possible.
Here are the different places you can find auto insurance quotes in Canada:
You may have noticed that different insurance companies offer different rates for the same coverage. So how do you know if you have the best deal? By comparing quotes on RATESDOTCA of course!
There is a reason people trust us to find the cheapest car insurance quotes in Canada: we make insurance transparent, simple, and fun. By comparing quotes, you can easily see which company is offering you the best insurance rate, based on your unique driving history and insurance needs.
Last year, drivers who shopped for car insurance quotes on RATESDOTCA paid 30% less than the average market rate.* Ready to compare quotes and save on your car insurance policy? Let’s get started!
Insurance companies consider several factors when calculating your insurance rate.
RATESDOTCA makes it easy for you to get an accurate auto insurance quote. You will be asked to provide basic information about yourself that will help insurance companies determine your premium. All we need is:
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Auto insurance is required by law in every Canadian province and territory. The type(s) or coverage and the amount of coverage required vary by location.
Mandatory car insurance requirements typically include the following coverages:
Here’s a breakdown of each of these coverages:
These are the optional coverages you can add to a car insurance policy. Note that in some provinces or territories, these coverages may be mandatory.
Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia operate within a public car insurance model. Car insurance in these provinces is available through the government. In other provinces, including Alberta and Ontario, drivers must purchase insurance from private insurance companies. Quebec is the only province that uses a mix of both.
In each province and territory, a minimum amount of auto insurance is required by law. This typically includes third-party liability insurance, which covers medical expenses and property damage caused by the insured (aka, you). There’s also some level of accidents benefits or property damage coverage that is also mandatory.
Average rates vary across the country. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, British Columbia has the highest average auto insurance rate in Canada, averaging $1,832 per year. Ontario and Alberta are in second and third place, averaging $1,505 and $1,316 respectively. Drivers in Quebec pay the least in Canada, with an average premium of just $717.
|Province or Territory||Mandatory Minimum Liability||Mandatory Minimum Coverage||Average Premiums in 2018||Average Premiums in 2019|
|Alberta||Third party liability $200,000||Accident benefits||$1,251||$1,316|
|British Columbia||Third party liability $200,000||Accident benefits, Uninsured automobile protection||$1,680||$1,832|
|Manitoba||Third party liability $200,000||All perils (collision, comprehensive), Personal injury, Hit and run, Inverse liability protection||$1,080||$1,080*|
|New Brunswick||Third party liability $200,000||Accident benefits, Uninsured automobile protection, Direct Compensation – Property damage||$819||$867|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||Third party liability $200,000||Uninsured automobile protection||$1,132||$1,168|
|Northwest Territories||Third party liability $200,000||Property damage, personal injury||$978||N/A|
|Nova Scotia||Third party liability $500,000||Accident benefits, Uninsured automobile protection, Direct Compensation – Property damage||$842||$891|
|Nunavut||Third party liability $200,000||Property damage, Personal injury||$963||N/A|
|Ontario||Third party liability $200,000||Accident benefits, Direct Compensation – Property damage, Uninsured automobile protection||$1,445||$1,505|
|Prince Edward Island||Third party liability $200,000||Accident benefits, Uninsured automobile protection, Direct Compensation – Property damage||$796||$816|
|Quebec||Third party liability $50,000||Accident benefits, Property damage||$661*||$717|
|Saskatchewan||Third party liability $200,000||Property damage, Personal injury||$936*||$1,235|
|Yukon Territories||Third party liability $200,000||Property damage, Personal injury,||$812||N/A|
No! All registered vehicles in Canada must have insurance, as required by law. If you own and drive a vehicle in Ontario, for example, you are required to take out a basic car insurance policy that includes four types of auto insurance. Vehicle owners in Ontario who do not carry valid auto insurance can be fined anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000. You also risk having your license suspended and your vehicle impounded, not to mention facing sky-high insurance rates in the future.
What you see is what you get. The auto insurance quotes you receive are accurate, based on the details you provide. A representative from the insurance company will confirm your information before issuing a policy. As long as your details stay the same, so will your rate.
A deductible is the amount of money you agree to pay in the event of a claim before the insurance coverage kicks in. A driver with a $500 deductible and $2,000 in damage resulting from an accident will pay $500 out of pocket while the insurance company covers the remaining $1,500. Think of a deductible as your share of the repair cost.
Your deductible will also determine your policy premium. The higher the deductible you are willing to pay, the lower your insurance rate will be.
There are many ways to save on your car insurance! Here are some tips to help you bring down the cost:
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There is no catch! There are no hidden costs or strings attached. We make our money from the partners we work with, not from you.
Is it cheaper to shop direct?
No. Your quotes come straight from the auto insurance companies. They are the same rates you would get if you called them directly.
The last word
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*Shoppers in Ontario who obtained a quote on RATESDOTCA and transacted via our contact centre from August to December 2020 saved an average amount of $676. The average savings amount represents the difference between the shoppers’ average lowest quoted premium and the average of the second and third lowest quoted premiums generated by RATESDOTCA.