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Auto Insurance Consumer’s Bill Of Rights

As most of us already know, Canadian law requires that all owners of automobiles have their vehicles covered by car insurance. Additionally, these same laws give you the consumer your own set of rights. The Insurance Act and all laws and regulations related to it can be broken up into two major categories; Consumer’s Rights and Consumer’s Responsibilities.

Auto Insurance Consumer’s Bill Of Rights

Consumer Rights

  • You have the right to be treated fairly by your insurance company.
  • You have the right to be given written reasons if you have been denied auto insurance.
  • You have the right to keep your policy in place if you pay your premiums and meet the responsibilities.
  • You have the right to pay your auto insurance premium in monthly installments.
  • You have the right to keep your policy in place if you pay your premium within 30 days following one or two non-sufficient fund (NSF) situations.
  • You have the right to be informed in writing if your policy is not being renewed.
  • You have the right to change or cancel your insurance policy at any time.
  • You have the right to remain with your insurance company even if that company no longer sells insurance through your broker.
  • You have the right to know from which companies your broker received quotes and the amounts.
  • You have the right to prompt and fair handling of claims.
  • You have the right to reasonable repair of your damaged vehicle.
  • You have the right to choose a repair shop, tow operator or vehicle rental company.
  • You have the right to receive information about accident benefits.
  • You have the right to dispute your insurance company’s refusal to pay benefits.
  • You have the right to choose your health care provider.
  • You have the right to register a complaint about your insurance company

Consumer Responsibilities

  • You must insure your vehicle and retain your proof of insurance (pink slip) while driving.
  • You must pay your premium in a timely fashion.
  • You must give true and accurate information to your insurer and complete all forms promptly.
  • You must promptly let your car insurance company know about any change in circumstances that could affect your insurance situation, including if you are involved in any accident.
  • You must provide your insurer with updated information when requested.
  • If you are claiming accident benefits, you must send your insurer a completed accident benefits package on time.
  • If you are claiming accident benefits, you must attend medical examinations requested by your insurer that are reasonably necessary to evaluate your claim.
  • If you receive accident benefits from your insurer, you must participate in treatment and rehabilitation, and try to get back to work.

If you happen to drive in Ontario, you’ll be happy to know that there have been a few enhancements made to consumer protection in car insurance.  The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is in charge of administering all laws and regulations in relation to auto insurance in Canada. If you have any additional questions regarding your rights, you can call FSCO’s Contact Centre at (416) 250-7250 or 1-800-668-0128.