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How auto insurance rates are trending in Alberta, Ontario and Atlantic Canada

October 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Auto insurance rates plunged in Alberta and Ontario this spring, while rates stayed flat in Atlantic Canada, according to Q2 2021 results from LowestRates.ca’s latest Auto Insurance Price Index Report. In Alberta, rates decreased 11% quarter-over-quarter after a steep incline

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For how long will condo insurance rates continue to climb?

September 20, 2021 by Jason Contant

Rising condo insurance premiums will continue at least through the first two quarters of 2022, according to LowestRates.ca’s latest Home Insurance Price Index. Condo insurance premiums are continuing to rise in Canada, sustaining a years-long increase, the rate comparison site

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RATESDOTCA acquires LowestRates.ca

September 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include information from RATESDOTCA.   Rate comparison site RATESDOTCA has acquired fellow aggregator LowestRates.ca. LowestRates.ca will continue to operate as a separate site and independent source of financial services information and rates,

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Home insurance rates dropping but no reprieve for condo owners

July 28, 2021 by Jason Contant

Personal property premiums were a mixed bag in the first quarter of 2021, with insurance for condo owners continuing to rise, but home insurance rates trending down, according to a new report from LowestRates.ca released Tuesday. Year-over-year, home insurance premiums

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Why your clients could expect price reductions in home insurance

May 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If insurers can achieve combined ratios of less than 80% in personal property, homeowners should expect to see lower prices and possibly even rebates, the CEO of LowestRates.ca suggests. “For consumers, if insurance companies are making money, then it means

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How rising interest in electric vehicles affects auto insurers

May 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

The number of customers looking to insure an electric vehicle (EV) is rising, which is having a ripple effect on auto carriers due to the increased cost to insure these vehicles, according to a recent report from LowestRates.ca. Year-over-year, there

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Why more auto insurers may opt for UBI

March 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario motorists can expect to see more insurers offering telematics now that the province is allowing carriers to impose surcharges on risky drivers. “The bottom line is that insurance companies always want to find the right price for a risk

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Why auto rates are increasing despite fewer drivers on the road

March 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average auto insurance rates rose in Canada during the second half of 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns that led to fewer drivers on the road, a new report from LowestRates.ca found. The average auto insurance premium climbed by

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What industry experts think of pandemic auto rebates

October 30, 2020 by Adam Malik

Insurance companies responded well and appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of assisting customers by way of premium relief and other measures, according to industry experts. Canadian Underwriter recently checked in with insurers on the current status of relief

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Why opening up B.C. auto to competition could help even if it doesn’t lower prices

October 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia motorists would probably benefit from more choice in auto insurance if it means they can start doing more things by phone and online, suggests the co-founder of an online price comparison site. With the provincial election scheduled Oct.

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The good news and bad news about Ontario auto

September 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance rates were 3.7% lower in the second quarter of 2020, than in the same period in 2019, but were still higher than in the three months ending March 30, 2020, data released Tuesday by LowestRates.ca suggests. “COVID

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What happens in Alberta when auto insurers are not comfortable with their profitability

September 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Alberta auto insurance industry is still suffering “hangover” from a 5% cap on rate increases that was abolished more than a year ago, with many insurers not looking for new business, suggests the co-founder of LowestRates.ca. Data released Tuesday