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Applied Rating Index Q2 2020 Released

July 09, 2020

National Personal Auto and Personal Property premium rates increase in nearly all provinces year over year

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – July 9, 2020 – Applied Systems® today announced the second quarter of 2020 results of the Applied Rating Index™, the Canadian insurance industry’s premium rate index. In Q2 2020, average premiums for both Personal Auto and Personal Property lines increased versus the same quarter in 2019. For Personal Auto, Alberta and the Atlantic provinces experienced the most significant increase in premium year over year for the second quarter in a row at 12.3% and 11.5% respectively. For Personal Property, Quebec’s year-over-year premium stayed the highest for the second quarter running at 22.1% while British Columbia’s annual premium rate was the only province with negative change premium rate change at -6.3%.

Key findings for Q2 2020 include:

  • Personal Auto: In Q2 2020, Personal Auto premiums increased by 4.7% versus Q2 2019. Personal Auto premiums decreased -1.6% versus Q1 2020.
  • Personal Property: In Q2 2020, Personal Property premiums increased by 5.3% versus Q2 2019. Personal Property premiums decreased -0.5% versus Q1 2020.
  • Provinces: For Personal Auto, Ontario experienced the lowest year over year premium change at 0.8% while Alberta experienced the greatest year over year premium change at 12.3%. Compared to Q1 2020, all provinces experienced a downturn in premium change. For Personal Property, all provinces experienced an increase in premium change, except for British Columbia, year over year. Quarter over quarter, all provinces experienced a downturn in premium change.

“This quarter’s Applied Rating Index results show the market hardening as average premiums for Personal Auto and Personal Property increased year over year,” said Steve Whitelaw, vice president of Industry & Partner Relations, Applied Systems. “As the pandemic progresses, we will continue to monitor the impacts on pricing via the Applied Rating Index, providing data-driven insights into the health of the industry.”

The Applied Rating Index is a data-driven report of current conditions and trends for Personal Auto and Personal Property insurance premium rates. Analyzing quotes completed, the Applied Rating Index measures the increase or decrease in average premium rate trends across Canada. The Applied Rating Index is the most complete depiction of the premium rate trends being experienced by consumers, brokerages, and their insurers across the Canadian market.

Access the complete quarterly report here.


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