Matt Hands, Business Director, Insurance
Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba and its largest city. It's known as the gateway to the west due to it being a transportation hub between the east and west of Canada. The average annual car insurance premium in Winnipeg is just over $1,000. Manitoba operates on a no-fault system, so you’ll receive money from your insurance plan regardless of who’s at fault.
Car insurance in Canada is a requirement and each province has its own coverage requirements.
For Winnipeg drivers, auto insurance is provided through Manitoba Government Insurance (MPI), a crown corporation, who provides Basic Autopac insurance and Optional Autopac insurance coverage packages. It's been this way since November 1, 1971.
There is also optional, and rarely used, coverage available through private insurance brokerages, and even directly from insurance companies (i.e. Aviva Canada, CAA, Wawanesa). For instance, mandatory third-party liability coverage through MPI has a minimum limit of $200,000, but each driver has the option to increase their liability coverage up to $10 million either through MPI or a private insurer.
Mandatory auto insurance in Winnipeg includes:
- Third-party liability - Protects you if you injure someone or damage their property (e.g. car)
- Accident benefits - Covers resulting medical costs and financial help following an accident
- Uninsured Motorist - protects against injuries you suffer from a driver without insurance
Optional car insurance in Winnipeg includes:
- Collision - protects your car if you're at-fault in an accident
- Comprehensive - protects your car from vandalism, theft, and inclement weather
- All perils - Collision, comprehensive, and protection from someone you know stealing your car
- Specified perils - Covers financial losses from specific risks like fire, theft, or flooding.
- Emergency roadside assistance - Covers you for roadside callouts for emergencies
You can also buy specific extensions to your coverage through MPI, such as rental vehicle insurance, new or leased replacement car insurance, or ridesharing coverage.
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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 Ratehub.ca’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.read linkedin bio
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