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Introduction to Canadian car insurance

To operate a vehicle in Canada, you must have a valid car insurance policy in place at all times. In each province, car insurance policy requirements vary depending on whether it's a public or private insurance system.

However, you need to have a minimum amount of third-party liability insurance to protect yourself financially if you injure someone or damage their car/property. Every province also requires accident benefits protection, which provides you and anyone injured with coverage for any medical/rehabilitation costs resulting from an accident.

The majority of Canadians choose to customize their policy beyond the provincial mandatory minimum car insurance coverage requirements. For example, you can add collision and comprehensive coverage to your policy and/or increase your third-party liability coverage beyond the minimum.

Before finalizing your policy, make sure to review all coverage options available to you within your province.

Review your car insurance every year

Car insurance companies change prices all the time. Set an annual reminder to compare car insurance before you renew to ensure the best price.

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Factors that impact your car insurance rates

You might think that car insurance quotes for the same driver or car would be similar across all providers. However, every auto insurance company has its own costs to cover, based on data from their existing customers and claims.

An insurance rate calculation has many subtle complexities, and multiple factors contribute to your final rate. Based on the information you provide in your driving profile, a car insurance company will categorize your risk potential and calculate a personalized rate.

Unfortunately, some factors are out of your control, but there are still a few for which you are 100% in the driver’s seat. Therefore, being in the know could save you money on your auto insurance policy. Here are seven factors that auto insurance companies will consider before offering you a personal car insurance quote.

Driver demographics

Where you live

Vehicle type

Driving history

Driving activity

Type of insurance coverage

Applicable discounts

Factors companies can't use in your car insurance quote calculation

Employment history, bankruptcy, your housing situation, or your net worth are not factors. Neither is your credit score, depending on your province. And the car colour? That's a myth.

How car insurance coverage works (by province)

Auto insurance is mandatory in every province and territory. However, there are differences depending on where you live, and car insurance rates vary wildly as a result.

Throughout most of Canada, you buy car insurance through the private market, but in BC, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, public insurance is available through the Provincial government. Quebec has its own unique regulations where the public entity covers injury or death, and private insurance covers property damage.

Most provinces operate under a no-fault insurance system. No-fault means you only ever deal with your own insurance company, not that you can't be found at fault. British Columbia will adapt to no-fault in May of 2021, Alberta is currently debating its merits. In Saskatchewan, the default is no-fault, but you can opt for tort coverage which allows a driver to sue for damages. 

Below, we break down all the mandatory coverages and available optional car insurance coverage for your consideration.

Mandatory car insurance coverage

Third-party liability

Accident benefits

Uninsured auto

Direct compensation property damage (select provinces)

Optional auto insurance coverage



All perils

Specified perils


Emergency roadside assistance

How much is car insurance across Canada?


Average annual insurance rates in Canada

Province Average annual insurance premium
British Columbia $1,832
Ontario $1,528
Alberta $1,528
Saskatchewan $1,235
Newfoundland $1,168
Manitoba $1,140
Nova Scotia $891
New Brunswick $867
Prince Edward Island $816
Quebec $717

Below is the chart for the average car insurance cost in Canada. Your car insurance rate will vary depending on the multitude of factors, but at least this gives you an average and what you can expect to pay. 


*source: Insurance Bureau of Canada: They calculate the average premium in each province by adding up the total premiums and dividing them by the number of personal vehicles per province. 

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How to get the cheapest car insurance quotes

  1. Shop around and compare

    Auto insurance rates vary greatly between companies – you need to research which insurer will offer the best coverage specific to you.

  2. Bundle policies

    You may get discounts if you bundle insurance plans together, for example, by having your auto and home insurance bundled together with the same auto insurance carrier.

  3. Increase your deductible

    The deductible is what you pay when something happens to your car, before the insurance company pays the rest. Increasing your deductible can lower your annual premiums.

  4. Ask about discounts

    Many insurers offer discounts to members of professional organizations or affiliation groups – so it pays to ask about discount relationships.

  5. Pay premiums annually, instead of monthly

    If you pay your premiums up front for the year – or even per half-year – you will usually end up paying less than if you paid monthly.

  6. Maintain a good driving record

    At-fault collisions and driving convictions stay on your insurance record for years and make your rates go way up – if you drive safely, sensibly, and obey the road rules over a long period, you’ll pay the lowest rates.

  7. Track your driving

    With usage-based insurance (UBI) you can earn discounts for driving well. Tracking your own driving online, you can earn discounts by not driving far or often, and on advanced stats like how carefully you brake and accelerate.

  8. Take a course

    Accredited driving courses will not only make you a safer driver, but can also result in discounts from many insurance companies.


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Author Bio

Matt Hands, Business Director of Insurance

Matt started his professional career at CARPROOF where he honed his marketing and analytical skills for over 3 years. Matt then took his wealth of experience to’s Toronto offices, working with insurance providers, agents, and brokers to grow and expand the Insurance business unit. He is a thought leader in the community and a valuable insurance resource to respected publications like the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and 680 news radio in Toronto.

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