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Ontario Car Insurance Rate Decisions: May 2021

June 3, 2021
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The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), Ontario’s car insurance regulator, approved rate changes for three insurers in May 2021.

In April, there were no approved rate changes. Before that, in March, FSRA approved one insurer to decrease its rate.

Here are the rate changes approved by FSRA in May 2021:

Insurer Rate Increase or Decrease % Market Share Effective Renewal Date
Economical Mutual Insurance Company -0.11% 6.65% May 1, 2021
Verassure Insurance Company -0.02% 1.59% May 13, 2021
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company -0.04% 3.87% May 1, 2021

The May numbers show, on average, the overall impact on the Ontario auto insurance market based on insurer market share is a weighted average rate change of -0.01% in May 2021.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, rate increases have been few and far between. Many auto insurers offered or continue to offer their policyholders varying forms of financial relief. However, premiums are expected to gradually rise as more people begin driving once they have been fully vaccinated and the economy reopens.

You can track every insurer’s rate changes with RATESDOTCA’s Ontario Auto Insurance Rate Tracker. Our Rate Tracker allows you to select the insurance companies that have had a rate change approved in the last year from a dropdown menu, and find out what the percentage rate change is, as well as its effective date.

There are several factors insurers consider when determining your premium. For example, your driving record, insurance history, the type of vehicle you have, and how many kilometres you drive annually all figure into the equation. So too do things such as your age, gender, and where you reside.

FSRA recommends taking the time to compare policies and premiums to know if you’re getting the best price for the coverage you need.

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Liam Lahey

Liam Lahey is a versatile, seasoned writer and editor. He worked as both a staff writer and freelance writer for many business and technology publications as well as for several newspapers. He writes about home, auto, and travel insurance, and is a media spokesperson for RATESDOTCA.

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