Three car insurance companies lowered their prices in November, according to filings from the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA), the provincial body in charge of regulating property and casualty insurance.
One insurance provider raised prices — Certas, which holds less than 1% of the Ontario market — by almost 5%. However, Ontario’s more dominant players slashed rates, some by almost 8%.
The impact of these changes amounted to a decrease of 0.6% in November on the average price of car insurance in the province. (Certas was excluded from our calculations since its market share data was unavailable.)
|Insurance provider||Rate increase or decrease %||Market share||Effective renewal date|
|Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company||-0.16%||3.87%||November 1, 2021|
|Heartland Farm Mutual Inc.||-5.6%||0.33%||November 1, 2021|
|Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company||4.73%||--||November 2, 2021|
|Allstate Insurance Company of Canada||-7.46%||8.13%||November 13, 2021|
In October, only one insurance provider changed its rates: Gore Mutual, which increased prices by 1.43%.
The pre-COVID-19 Ontario auto insurance market saw years of continuous price increases. Twenty months into the pandemic, slight monthly fluctuations have been the norm.
However, on an individual basis, many drivers have seen their insurance premiums drop considerably. This is mainly due to pandemic rebates and drivers logging fewer kilometres or dropping coverages.
With no sign of lockdowns returning this winter, traffic is returning to normal levels — and auto insurance rates are likely to follow.
Keep an eye on your insurance costs by comparing car insurance rates in Ontario from several different providers, especially if your policy is up for renewal soon. In fact, FSRA itself recommends shopping around for car insurance before locking into a policy.
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