BRAMPTON: The City of Brampton is continuing to call on the Provincial Government to review and reform auto insurance rates in Ontario.
In April 2021, Brampton City Council unanimously passed a resolution detailing how Brampton residents were paying the highest auto insurance rates in Ontario, and launched its #FairDealForBrampton campaign. To date, more than 19,000 residents have participated in the campaign by signing the petition.
Last month, RATESDOTCA published an article on car insurance premiums for Ontario cities based on its Auto Insuramap, which maps out premiums based on postal codes.
The article references the City’s #FairDealForBrampton campaign to prohibit insurance companies from using postal codes or area codes as primary factors in setting insurance rates. In Brampton, rates fell 26.8 per cent, or from $2,698 to $1,975, in 2021.
Brampton went from the most expensive city in Ontario to the fourth most expensive city. Brampton City Council asks that the Government of Ontario bring Bill 42, the Ending Discrimination in Automobile Insurance Act, forward, to make life equitable and more affordable for Brampton residents.
More information on the City’s #FairDealForBrampton campaign can be found at www. brampton.ca/fairdealforbrampton.ca.
Mayor Patrick Brown said: “As our residents and people across Ontario continue to grapple with financial challenges that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, all levels of government must work together to address the high costs of auto insurance in our province.
“Since we launched our #FairDealForBrampton campaign, more than 19,000 residents have joined us in calling for insurance industry change. Brampton City Council and residents stand together in calling on the provincial government to bring Bill 42, the Ending Discrimination in Automobile Insurance Act, forward, and to end postal code discrimination in determining insurance rates.”
Gurpreet Dhillon, Regional Councillor, Wards 9 & 10, City of Brampton, said: “While it is welcome news that auto insurance premiums fell in Brampton last year, our residents continue to pay amongst the highest rates in the province simply because of their postal codes.
“Brampton City Council again calls on the provincial government to review and reform automobile insurance rates in Ontario, so that we get a #FairDealForBrampton and life is more affordable for our city’s drivers,” Councillor Dhillon added.