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Matt Hands, Business Director, Insurance
Alberta auto insurance is provided by private insurance carriers. The private insurance companies receive regulation for Alberta car insurance rates through the Alberta government's Automobile Insurance Rate Board (AIRB).
Currently, Albertans pay the third-highest price in Canada for car insurance, and there is much talk of reform to reduce rates. One of the hottest topics is adding no-fault insurance to the province. No-fault means you'll only ever deal with your insurer regardless of who was at fault. It expedites claims, but the opposition argues it increases rates for all.
Alberta operates with a car insurance grid rate calculator. The lower you are on the grid, the less you pay for car insurance in Alberta. This grid rating program sets the maximum premium an insurer can charge for the mandatory coverage.
Alberta car insurance requirements come in two forms – mandatory and optional.
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- Third-party liability - covers you if you injure someone or damage their property
- Accident benefits - pays for your rehabilitation and income replacement following a collision
- Uninsured automobile insurance - pays for damage from an uninsured motorist
- Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD) - you only deal with your insurance company for claims
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- Collision insurance - pays for your car repairs or its replacement, whether at fault or not
- Comprehensive car insurance - pays for repairs or replacement from falling objects, theft, fire, or flood.
- Specified perils - Instead of comprehensive, covers specific risks you name and not others (e.g. fire, but not flood)
- All perils - comprehensive and collision together with extra coverage in case someone you know (e.g. family, friend, or mechanic) steals your car.
There are also optional Standard Endorsement Forms (SEF) which are endorsements you can add to your coverage. Here are 4 common Alberta endorsements.
- SEF 20 - covers the cost of a rental vehicle while yours is being repaired or replaced
- SEF 27 - Ports your existing insurance to a rental car or car you borrow
- SEF 39 - Accident forgiveness - insurance won't go up after your first at-fault claim
- SEF 43R - Removes depreciation in calculating the value of your car when settling a claim
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The Alberta car insurance industry has seen significant change in the average rates they charge to consumers. Since 2007 there has been a +16.95% increase in average cost of car insurance in Alberta.
In late 2019, the conservative government removed a 5% cap on any rate increases. The cap removal saw over 92% of private insurers apply for rate changes. Some insurers increased their rates by 20%, but most insurers falling in around the 10–12% range.
In Q1 of 2020, the rate increases continued, but slowed drastically in Q2 to 1% thanks to the pandemic. In Q3, the average of rate increases that saw approval was about 15%, and it looks as though there is some downward momentum in the market on the year overall. We'll see what 2021 has in store.
Car insurance rate changes are a result of many factors including market inflation, insurance fraud and claims volumes. The auto insurance rates are controlled and set by the provincial government. The Automobile Insurance Rate Board (AIRB) and the Office of the Superintendent of insurance are the two agencies within the government that manage car insurance rates in Alberta. The historical rate changes shown below are based on all the drivers insured each year by every auto insurance company in Alberta.
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Stay with your current insurer
Some Alberta auto insurance companies will give loyalty discounts to drivers who remain active with them for years. Especially if they add family members or multiple vehicles to their policy.
Bundle your policies
If you use the same insurance company for both your home and auto insurance needs, your insurer will often thank you with a dip in premiums.
Get a multi car discount
If you have multiple drivers and vehicles in the same household, by putting them all on one policy can save you money.
Increase your deductible
Your deductible is the portion you pay when settling a claim before your insurer will pay the rest. If you’re willing to double your deductible, it could save you money.
Ask about discounts
If you’re a member of a large corporation, union, or a school alumnus, it could help you get cheaper Alberta car insurance
Pay premiums annually, instead of monthly
Paying monthly adds administrative costs to your insurer, so if you’re able to pay in full annually you can lower your premiums.
Maintain a good driving record
If you’re a safe driver, obey the rules of the road and drive according to road conditions you can reduce your chances of an accident. Car crashes stay on your insurance record for up to ten years and can result in higher premiums.
Install winter tires
You can save up to 5% simply by adding winter tires to your car. Unless you're in Quebec, where it's mandatory.
In 2003, the Alberta government introduced its graduated driver licensing system (GDLS) requiring each driver to progress through a 3-step educational program in order to be considered a fully licensed driver.
Once you’ve successfully completed the GDLS, you can legally operate a car, a motorhome without airbrakes, tow a trailer, or even drive recreational vehicles like a moped. Let’s take a quick look at this phased approach:
Class 7 licence eligibility criteria
Class 5 provisional licence eligibility criteria:
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