Government fails to bring auto insurance prices down

Insurance rates in Downsview are the highest in all of Ontario. The government has allowed insurance companies to charge more depending on the location of the driver which has hurt communities like ours. In general Ontario has the highest insurance rates within Canada, giving our area one of the highest in all of Canada.
The Ontario Liberals promised to keep insurance rates under control, time and time again, but have failed this promise. They have significantly missed their goal of cutting rates by 15 per cent by August 2015 and continue to get further and further away from that goal. After Premier Kathleen Wynne was unable to meet her promise she referred to the 15 per cent goal as a “stretch goal”, we cannot trust this government to follow through with their promises.
In April a report by Ontario’s auto insurance advisor said that Ontario had the most expensive auto insurance premiums in Canada even though we have one of the lowest rates of accidents and fatalities. The average insurance premium in Ontario is $1,458 which is over 50 per cent higher than the average of all other Canadian jurisdictions.
We need a fairer system that charges people the same amount for the same type of vehicle wherever you live in Ontario. It is not fair that one of the least fortunate areas pays the most for car insurance, while also driving less expensive cars. The car insurance companies have been making significant profits because they benefit from an unfair system that the government has set up, in 2015 there were profits of almost $2 billion dollars in Canada.
How does an auto insurance company determine your individual rate?
Auto insurance companies employ specialized statisticians called actuaries who assess the level of risk of each new prospective client. Risk means the likelihood that a client will file a claim and the presumed amount of a claim. The higher the expected risk, the higher the premium. The best client is the individual that pays and pays but never files a claim.
What factors are used to determine your rate?
Actuaries use a number of factors to determine your level of risk including:
· the age and type of car you drive
· the level of coverage and amount of your deductible
· your driving record (including prior claims and traffic offences)
· the number of kilometres you drive
· demographic information such as your age, gender and marital status
· where you live
Who regulates auto insurance companies?
The activities of auto insurance companies are regulated by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario or FSCO, an arm’s length agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Finance. Auto insurance companies are expected to abide by the rules of the Auto Insurance Act 1990. When calculating and raising rates, insurers provide detailed information to FSCO for approval.
The Ontario Liberals have allowed a system that benefits their rich friends in the insurance companies and from much wealthier areas of the province. I want to put a stop to this practice and create a better system that will make insurance rates cheaper

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Insurance rates in Downsview are the highest in all of Ontario. The government has allowed insurance companies to charge more depending on the location of the driver which has hurt communities like ours. In general Ontario has the highest insurance rates within Canada, giving our area one of the highest in all of Canada.
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  1. Not only do people in Ontario pay the highest auto insurance rates with the Ontario government’s promised 15% premium reduction becoming a “stretch goal” as soon as it was out the gate, unbeknownst to many drivers, accident benefits have also been dramatically reduced since June 2016. As such, most drivers who have a standard auto insurance policy will find that, should they be moderately to seriously injured, their accident benefits will be insufficient to bring them back to optimal health. People who are catastrophically injured will also be left in the lurch because of the benefit cuts. To make matters worse, getting your auto insurer to pay out medical, rehab and income replacement (IRBs) long-term when the injury warrants it, is not a given. Far too many moderately to seriously injured people will be corralled into the MIG – minor injury guideline category – which pays out a maximum of $3,500 for a restrictive list of what their auto insurer deems as minor injuries. Those with obviously serious injuries will spend years fighting their insurer to receive their standard $50,000 for treatment and rehab. The problem is that those benefits are only valid for 5 years so many motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims will see very little of that amount in treatment outlay. The insurer will likely wait you out so that little of it needs to be paid. Needless to say, fighting to get your benefits will require hiring a personal injury lawyer. In 2011, the auditor general reported that nearly one out of two claimants are denied. The problem has only worsened with the years. The information in “So You Think You’re Covered! The Insurance Industry Rip-Off” (deniedbenefitclaims.com) provides drivers with the ins and outs and how to fight back.

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