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Brampton Launches Campaign Demanding Car Insurance Reform

May 5, 2021
2 mins

The City of Brampton is spearheading an online petition to pressure the Ontario government to take action to reduce the cost of car insurance for drivers who reside in the Greater Toronto Area suburb.

Citing information from a RATESDOTCA report that shows Brampton drivers pay, on average, $2,698 per year for coverage, which is 123% more than the provincial average of $1,616, more than 10,000 Brampton residents have signed the City of Brampton’s "Fair Deal for Brampton” campaign since it launched on April 26. The city is calling on the province to follow through on its pledge to remove postal codes from insurers’ calculations when determining premiums.

The city’s campaign page states, “we’re demanding a #FairDealForBrampton for auto insurance.” It encourages residents to sign the online petition, which will accompany a letter the city will send to the region’s local Members of Provincial Parliament. That letter asks the province to:

  • Review auto insurance rates in Ontario and implement fair, consistent, and measurable qualifications to determining rates.
  • Ask insurance companies to end the practice of using postal codes as a factor in determining rates.
  • Act on previous promises to standardize rates across the province.

Ontario’s “Ending Discrimination in Automobile Insurance Act 2019” (known as Bill 42) has been under review by Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs since March 2019.

According to RATESDOTCA’s data, Brampton drivers pay the most for car insurance annually, followed by residents of Mississauga ($2,372), Vaughan ($2,334), Richmond Hill ($2,286) and Markham ($2,222). The average auto premium for Toronto residents is $2,201 per year.

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Liam Lahey

Liam Lahey is a versatile marketer with experience as a staff and freelance writer for many business and technology publications and newspapers. He previously worked as the editor and media spokesperson for RATESDOTCA, handling home, auto, and travel insurance topics.

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