Car Insurers Could Save Up To $913 Million in BC In 2020 Because Of Covid-19 Pandemic
...is the estimated amount of savings on payouts realized by the car insurance companies in British Columbia in 2020 because of the Covid-19 restrictions, as most drivers had to stay home large parts of the year across the province.
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Savings made by Canadian car insurers during restriction measures
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27.9% drop in car accidents across BC
With most Canada's provinces facing restriction measures during spring and again in autumn / winter, many Canadians were forced to stay at home. As a consequence, many daily commutes came to a halt, meaning fewer people on the roads, and a lower probability of accidents occurring. That's confirmed by the numbers :
Vancouver, on top of the cities where savings are the highest
A majority of road traffic accidents usually happen in dense urban areas. It is therefore no surprise to see that the biggest cities are those where car insurance savings on payouts have been highest:
- Metro Vancouver amounts to more than $499 million savings in car insurance payouts in 2020 - which is the third greatest total among all the Canadian cities (behind Toronto and Montreal)
- Then come in the ranking the cities of Abbotsford ($80.6 million saved), Kelowna ($72.5 million), Nanaimo ($51 million), Kamloops ($50.4 million) and Victoria ($48.4 million).
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*Cities located within the Metro Vancouver Area
On a national scale: 32.9% fall in car-related claims across Canada, $6.7 billion saved on payouts
As a consequence of accident numbers decreasing on the roads, the car-related claims rate has dropped by - 32,9% overall on the Canadian territory . With a 35.1% decrease rate observed, Ontario is the State where car claims have decreased the most, just in front of British Columbia (- 34%) and Quebec (- 33.6%). On the opposite, Nunavut (12%), the Northwest Territories (11.2%) and Yukon (7.8%) were less affected by the governmental restrictions, and are the regions where claims decreased the less.
Car insurance savings per province (8 most populous provinces)
Overall, insurance companies in Canada could have actually saved up to $6.7 billion thanks to the change in driving habits caused by restriction measures.
- The Canadian State accounting for the highest savings is Ontario, with an estimated $2.73 billion reduction in payouts by the insurers. The province of Quebec ranks number 2, with an estimated $1.59 billion saved by car insurers there, in front of British Columbia (913 million) and Alberta (745 million)
- Usually, motor insurers put aside ⅔ of premiums to cover road accidents. However, the reduction in the number of accidents has cut that proportion significantly. One big car insurance player has told Hellosafe.ca that it will save as much as half the funds it expected to have to pay out for personal injury claims in 2020.
Antoine Fruchard, insurance expert and CEO at Hellosafe.ca
“With most people stuck at home, their cars have inevitably stayed in the garage. Indeed, customers are inevitably questioning why they continued to pay such high insurance premiums while they weren’t able to drive. It will be interesting to see if all the insurance companies will make refunds, and which forms will take those refunds. Competition on the market should increase in the coming months, and that means customers should benefit from a slight drop in car insurance premiums. However, in certain provinces, the presence of (almost) car insurance monopolies is problematic, not allowing policyholders to benefit from a diverse offer which would result in lower premiums for them”.
We based our study on public information provided by reliable data-providers and several insurance partners who provided us anonymously with claims for the studied period.
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