BC drivers pay the highest auto insurance premiums in Canada

July 18, 2018 (VANCOUVER) – British Columbia (BC) drivers continue to pay the highest auto insurance premiums in the country, according to the latest figures released by the General Insurance Statistical Agency (GISA), the statistical agency for Canada's insurance regulators. In its newly released data showing the average auto insurance premiums across the country, drivers in provinces with competitive auto insurance systems continue to pay significantly less than British Columbians insured through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).


2017 Average Auto Premiums

  British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioQuebecNewfoundland and LabradorNova ScotiaNew BrunswickPrince Edward Island
2017 Average Premium$1,680$1,251$936*$1,080$1,445$661*$1,132$842$819$796
​2017 Average Premium
​British Columbia​$1,680
Newfoundland and Labrador​$1,132
​Nova Scotia​$842
​New Brunswick​$819
​Prince Edward Island​$796

Source: SGI Annual Report, MPI Annual Report, SAAQ, GAA, MSA, GISA, ICBC Press Releases 


"Under ICBC's monopoly, British Columbians pay the highest auto insurance prices in Canada, with premiums averaging $1,680 annually," said Aaron Sutherland, Vice-President, Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). "With further rate increases on the horizon, it is critical that ICBC is opened to competition and choice to improve affordability for drivers."

The MNP report The Benefits of Competition in the Provision of Automobile Insurance in BC, commissioned by IBC and released in January 2018, demonstrates how a competitive marketplace for auto insurance would reduce premiums in BC. The report found that Canada's private insurers have developed product innovations and new ways to cut claims costs that could lower premiums for BC drivers.

"Opening BC's auto insurance marketplace to competition would save drivers up to $325 annually," added Sutherland. "Competition provides a powerful incentive for any company to deliver the best service at the best price. Auto insurance is no exception to this rule, and Canada's private insurers are eager to better serve the BC marketplace."

In a recent poll of drivers in BC, 78% said they want more choice in auto insurance. IBC believes that British Columbians deserve to be able to shop around and decide what auto insurance company best meets their coverage needs at the best price.


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