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Ontario car insurance frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some of the most common questions Ontario drivers ask us about car insurance

Why is Ontario car insurance so expensive?

There is no doubt about it; Ontario car insurance is expensive. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), auto insurance rates in Ontario are 45 per cent higher than in Alberta, and about twice as high as the Maritime provinces. One of the main culprits often blamed for the high rates Ontario drivers pay is the prevalence of insurance fraud that drives up claims costs and increases premiums for all drivers. Insurance fraud includes everything from exaggerating the extent of damages, faking collisions, to overbilling on services performed in the event of a claim. It comes from a wide cross-section of contributors, which makes it a complex issue for the province to deal with. 

Ontario is the capital of auto insurance fraud in Canada. The provincial government has long vowed to change this, but so far efforts have not reached the 15 per cent reduction in auto insurance rates promised in previous elections. In December 2017, the province announced plans to make car insurance more affordable by introducing the Fair Auto Insurance plan, which includes reforms to address insurance fraud in Ontario. This includes the launch of the Serious Fraud Office to investigate fraud further. 

As fraud drives up costs for all drivers, your best defence is to regularly shop around and compare rates to ensure you're still getting the best deal on your auto insurance. 

Which car insurance company in Ontario is the cheapest? 

There's no one insurance company that offers everyone the best rates. Auto insurance premiums for the exact same coverage can vary substantially between insurance companies for a variety of reasons. It all depends on things like the insurer's claims experience and how they rate you as a driver. The only why to know which company offers you the best rate and coverage is to shop around and compare quotes

How much is car insurance in Ontario? How much will it cost me?

The cost of car insurance in Ontario varies significantly, and the best way to determine how much car insurance will cost you is to compare rates. Every driver’s situation is unique, and by comparing quotes customized specifically to you, you'll see not only the range of quotes available to you, but also how much you can save on your car insurance!

What do I need to get a car insurance quote? 

Most of what you’ll need to get a quote, you’ll know off the top of your head. For example, the make, model and year of the vehicle you drive. Additional information you’ll be asked about includes: 

  • The type of licence you hold and how long you’ve had it 
  • How long you’ve been insured 
  • Any tickets or accidents you may have on your driving or insurance history 

If you don’t know exact dates or details, your best estimate will do initially. But remember, the rates are only as accurate as the details you provide, so if any information changes, your rate may change too. 

How does getting auto insurance in Ontario work?

No matter where you are in Canada, if you plan to drive you must have auto insurance. But, while this law is consistent coast-to-coast, how you get the coverage you need is not. 

In Ontario, drivers must purchase coverage from a private insurance company (the same is true in Alberta, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador). 

The Quebec auto insurance model is a bit different; some components of a Quebec driver’s coverage are rolled into their driver’s licence and vehicle registration fees, while other components must be purchased from a private insurer. 

In British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, coverage must be purchased through a government-run agency. 

How does no fault insurance work in Ontario? 

Ontario is a no-fault insurance province, and while this might sound like it means no one will be found at fault in the event of a collision, it really means something altogether different. 

What no-fault actually means is if you are injured in an accident or your vehicle is damaged, then you deal with your own insurance company when making a claim. By going through your own insurer, you get the financial help you need right away—whether it’s for injuries you sustained or for fixing your damaged vehicle—instead of waiting for your insurer and the other drivers’ insurers to decide who was to blame for the incident before paying out benefits. 

What is Ontario's graduated licensing system and how does it affect your car insurance? 

Ontario Driver's Licence System and Your Auto Insurance


In Ontario, drivers must be 16-years-old to obtain a driver's licence. The province operates under a graduated system that has three levels of classification. The first is a G1 licence. This is a written test that drivers must pass. A driver with a G1 class license can operate a vehicle only when driving with a fully-licensed G driver in the passenger seat. A G1 is essentially a learner's permit. Typically people with a G1 license practice driving with someone else's vehicle and would typically be covered under that person's auto insurance policy. To learn more about G1 licence requirements and restrictions click here.

After one year, drivers can take a driving test to obtain their G2 licence. This licence allows drivers to operate a vehicle without accompaniment from a fully-licensed driver. However, there are conditions and restrictions to this licence as well. Depending on the situation, a G2 driver may be added as an occasional driver to an existing policy, or may have their own policy if they own a vehicle. To learn more about what's involved in a G2 licence in Ontario, click here.

Finally, drivers can take further testing to become a fully-licensed G class driver. The graduated licensing process takes about 20 months in total to complete. Whether you have a G2 or a G licence, if you have your own vehicle you must have an auto insurance policy as it is illegal to operate a vehicle in Ontario without valid car insurance. Hot tip: Drivers who take an accredited drivers training program may be eligible for significant savings on their auto insurance. Check the Ministry of Transportation to find out which programs qualify and start saving today!

What kind of insurance should I get? What will my policy cover? 

The standard auto insurance policy in Ontario is comprised of four mandatory components. There are also several optional coverages that you can add to enhance your auto insurance coverage. 

Collision and comprehensive are the two most common optional coverages drivers choose to add to their auto insurance policies. Both types cover costs associated with fixing your vehicle if damaged. Collision covers damages resulting from an accident, while comprehensive coverage covers damages caused by vandalism, theft, hail and similar named perils. 

Mandatory Ontario car insurance


Every Ontario auto insurance policy includes the following various types of mandatory car insurance coverages: 

  • Third-party liability - Covers costs associated with a lawsuit against you in the event that you're responsible for injury or death to, or damage the property of, a third party. 
  • Statutory Accident Benefits - These benefits cover costs such as medical treatments, income replacement and attendant care in the event that you are injured in a car accident. 
  • Direct Compensation-Property Damage - Covers damage to your vehicle or its contents, and for loss of use of your vehicle or its contents, if another person was at fault for the accident. 
  • Uninsured Automobile - Protects you and your family in the event of a hit-and-run or an uninsured motorist injuring you or causing your death. 

What factors will affect my rate in Ontario? 

When determining your auto insurance rate, insurance companies look at a number of variables, including:

  • Where you live
  • The type of vehicle you drive
  • Your driving and insurance history
  • The coverage options you choose to include on your policy

Why do car insurance rates go up and down? 

Auto insurance rates often change, and it usually boils down to the insurance company’s claims costs. When claims costs go up (or down), typically premiums will follow. There are other factors too, like the introduction of new discounts (e.g. winter tire discount) or when benefit coverages or options change, to name just a few recent examples. 

Ontario auto insurance companies cannot increase, or decrease, their rates on a whim. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), a regulatory agency of the Ministry of Finance, must approve changes to auto insurance rates. Every three months, FSCO releases the rate changes they’ve approved, and while sometimes only a handful of insurers change their rate, other times many do. 

“Consumers are urged to shop around for auto insurance,” says FSCO every quarter in its report. “Ontario has a very competitive marketplace.”

What happens when Ontario auto insurance rates change? 

Any time Ontario auto insurance rates change is an opportunity to save money on your premiums. Rates do not uniformly increase, or decrease, across the board. That’s why it’s important to compare rates regularly. Don’t wait until it’s time to renew to see if you could be saving money. Compare rates, at minimum on renewal, but also when your marital status changes, you move, or buy a new car. 

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Compare auto insurance quotes in Ontario to get the cheapest rate

When it comes to auto insurance, especially auto insurance in Ontario, many people question whether or not there’s really a way to save money on it. There is! While there are many ways to save, none are more effective than shopping around. How can we be so sure? Well, on average, InsuranceHotline.com users save $450* after comparing car insurance quotes on our site. And, all it takes is a few minutes to compare quotes from our network of over 30 insurance providers. 


We know you'd rather spend your time with your family than calling around to get quotes, so our service does it for you—and fast! See for yourself by comparing rates today.

Secret to Savings: 9 tips for getting cheaper car insurance in Ontario

Saving on car insurance is easier than you think. These tips help ensure you’re getting the best rate on your car insurance:
 

  1. Shop around - Rates often change. In Ontario, changes to car insurance rates are approved every three months. Depending on the quarter, just a few insurers might increase or decrease their rates. Sometimes dozens do!
  2. Increase your deductible - Most car insurance policies default to a $500 deductible, which is the amount you pay in the event of a claim. Increase yours to $1,000 and you're looking at saving five to 10 per cent on your car insurance.
  3. Pay your premiums annually - Paying your premiums all at once instead of once a month can avoid those pesky administrative fees that typically accompany monthly payments.
  4. Bundle your policies - Move your home insurance and car insurance under the same insurance provider to save five to 15 per cent.
  5. Insure all vehicles, together - More cars under the same policy equals more savings on each policy. If you have more than one set of wheels, save up to 10 to 20 per cent by insuring them on the same policy.
  6. Change your tires seasonally - In Ontario, if you have—and install—winter tires, you will qualify for a discount of up to five per cent.
  7. Review your policy annually - Double check your coverages every year. If you no longer need certain protection, removing it from your policy is one way to reduce costs.
  8. Ask about discounts - Ask and you shall receive. Ask your provider about discounts they offer and what you may qualify for. 
  9. School’s cool - Are you a young or new driver, or are you adding one to your policy? Encourage them to enroll in an accredited driver's training school. The money you'll save on insurance typically offsets the cost of the training within in the first year.

Ontario Car Insurance Rate Changes

Each quarter, insurers can apply to have their rates increased or decreased. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), which oversees insurance regulation in the province, approves or denies these requests. Most of the time, insurers request rate increases due to changes in a particular coverage. For example, an insurer experiencing an increased prevalence in payouts resulting from car accidents might apply to have rates increased to help offset the costs of increased claims.

FSCO can also order insurers to apply to adjust their rates, such as in the event of auto reform. According to FSCO, proposed rate changes must be just and reasonable; not excessive; and "not going to impair a company's financial solvency."

This table featuring FSCO's approved quarterly changes shows how often rates change and highlights why regularly comparing car insurance rates is so imperative to saving money on your Ontario auto insurance. These rates can be found at fsco.gov.on.ca.

 

Quarter          Overall Rate
Change
    Biggest Rate
Decrease
    Biggest Rate
Increase
Q2 2018     +1.1   -0.69   +8.15
Q1 2018     +2.23   -1.26   +9.96
Q4 2017     +1.03   -12.67   +9.43
Q3 2017     -0.10   -8.90   +5.90
Q2 2017     +0.76   -1.07   +8.97
Q1 2017     +1.24   -3.33   +7.08
Q4 2016     -0.14   -3.13   n/a
Q3 2016     +1.50   -5.37   +12.03
Q2 2016     +0.33   -6.83   +3.70
Q1 2016     -3.07   -25.51   +8.99
Q4 2015     -0.15   -8.43   +11.86
Q3 2015     -0.50   -4.13   +3.79
Q2 2015     +0.60   -2.80   +15.68
Q1 2015     -0.95   -7.25   +2.99
Q4 2014     -0.54   -6.44   +0.38
Q3 2014     -0.11   -4.88   +5.13
Q2 2014     +0.22   -1.26   +4.19
Q1 2014     -1.01   -13.60   +2.27



Comparing quotes is your best defence against increasing provincial rates

As a driver, you can't control these particular changes, but you can control maintaining a clean driving record. Next to comparing rates, this is the best way to keep your auto insurance rates down. However, note that your rates can also increase or decrease if you move, change your commuting time, get a new vehicle, add another driver to your policy, and so on.

There are numerous variables at play, but comparing rates is hands down the easiest way to get cheaper Ontario car insurance.

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Ontario Car Insurance for Uber Drivers

Drive for Uber, Lyft or another ride-sharing program in Ontario? Here's what you need to know.

Ontario paved the way for ride-share insurance in Canada by becoming one of the first provinces to introduce insurance products specifically for Uber drivers, and now for Lyft and other ride-sharing platforms. Several insurance companies now offer this type of coverage as ride-sharing increases in popularity, especially in dense urban areas such as Toronto


These policies are unique because ride-share drivers are in a unique position. You use your personal vehicle for business purposes, blurring the lines between commercial and personal auto insurance coverage. Ride-share insurance was created to fill that gap. To learn more about insurance for Uber drivers and similar ride-sharing programs, visit our ride-share insurance page here

Recent annual car insurance savings unlocked by real Ontario drivers

Here are some recent examples of savings found by real Ontario drivers from across the province using InsuranceHotline.com.

Fun facts for Ontario auto insurance

Drivers have completed millions of quotes on InsuranceHotline.com, so it's no surprise we'd notice a few trends. 

Average savings unlocked by Ontario drivers in 2017: $145 


Average premium paid by Ontario drivers in 2017: $1,952 


Most popular vehicle for married couples in Ontario: 2017 Toyota Corolla 


Most popular vehicle for single people in Ontario: 2017 Honda Civic 


Percentage of Ontario drivers that have not had an accident in the past 10 years: 88%

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Use our site to compare car insurance quotes and start saving today. Ontario drivers can save millions of dollars on their auto insurance rates. For consumers who saved on IH, the average savings from Jan 2017 to Dec 2017 was $450


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