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It’s not easy to be a driver in Canada’s capital city. From navigating traffic on Bank Street to the rush hour start-and-stops on the 417 – having the right coverage to insure both you and your car is vital. With so many choices in the market, finding the best car insurance in Ottawa can be a handful. Luckily, at Sonnet we make it simple. Quote and get the coverage you need, all online. Get all this at a competitive price, plus group discounts – see if any apply to you. Looking for even more savings? Sign up for Sonnet Shift and you could save up to 35% for safe driving.

Why do you need car insurance in Ottawa?

In Ottawa, it’s mandatory to have car insurance if you own a vehicle. Beyond that, there’s been a rise in stolen vehicles even in traditionally safer areas like Bay and Rideau-Vanier. Driving in the city can mean a higher chance of theft and accidents – which can be costly. Auto insurance can act as a financial buffer from hiccups on the road and other surprises. This can range from repairs and medical bills to car replacements in the case of theft.

Mandatory and optional car insurance in Ottawa

Ottawa follows the same rules for car insurance as the rest of Ontario. To make sure everyone has basic protection, certain coverages are required by law. Here’s a list of car insurance coverages that are mandatory in Ontario.

Essential car insurance coverage in Ottawa


You must have liability coverage in order to drive in Ontario. It protects you and other drivers financially in case of an accident where you’re at fault. Liability covers any damages, injuries or losses experienced by another driver or individual.

Accident Benefits

If you sustain any injuries or damages from an accident, the standard benefits will cover your costs for medical, rehabilitation, and income replacement. In Ontario, there is additional coverage for caregiver and housekeeping or home maintenance benefits. You can also choose to upgrade any of your standard accident benefits coverages or purchase optional benefits.

Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD)

This covers loss or damage to your vehicle and its contents in an accident with another vehicle to the extent that you’re not at fault. In the event of a claim, you’ll always work directly with us – not the other person’s insurer. We’ll also set you up with a rental car if you need it!

DCPD isn’t mandatory in Ontario, but it’s considered essential. Without it, you’ll have to pay to repair or replace your vehicle if you’re not at fault in a collision with another vehicle.

Heads up! Vehicle hit and run accidents aren’t covered under DCPD. Want coverage in case of a hit and run accident? Make sure you have Collision or Upset coverage added to your policy.

Collision or Upset

This covers loss or damage to your vehicle and its contents caused by specific events. These events include an accident with another vehicle where you’re at fault or an accident with an object (like a guardrail or a tree). This also provides coverage if your car rolls over, or if your vehicle is subject to a hit and run and reported to police within 24 hours.

Although it’s optional, this coverage is considered essential. Without it, you’ll have to pay out of pocket to repair or replace your vehicle if these events happen. If you lease or finance your car, this coverage is usually required by your lessor or lender.


It’s not just when you’re driving that your vehicle could be damaged. Comprehensive insurance in Ontario has your vehicle covered for damage from things like falling objects, vandalism, fire, theft, lightning, windstorm and earthquake.

Heads up! This coverage is optional but highly recommended. If you don’t have it, you’ll have to cover the costs if any of the above (and more) happen.

Do you lease or finance your vehicle? Having both comprehensive and collision coverage may actually be required by your lessor or lender. Find out more about insuring a leased or financed car.

Optional car insurance coverage in Ottawa

Accident Forgiveness

Clean record for the last 6 years? We won’t increase your rate due to your first at-fault accident and we automatically apply this protection again if after another 6 years you’ve got a clean record.

Heads up! Accident Forgiveness applies to your first at-fault claim only. If you have another at-fault accident, your Accident Forgiveness will be removed from your policy. You’ll be rated for both accidents – and any at-fault accidents after that.

Ticket Forgiveness

Protect that squeaky-clean history and your rate! When it comes time for renewal, your minor ticket won’t impact your rate. We’ll pretend like it didn’t even happen.

Enhanced Protection Bundle (Ontario only)

Ontario drivers get the benefits of four great coverages and savings to match, all in one convenient bundle.

Rental Costs
We’ll take care of your rental car costs after an at-fault collision or during a comprehensive claim. You’re covered for up to 30 days per occurrence for a rental car comparable to your own. This doesn’t cover loss or damage to a borrowed or rented vehicle.

Non-Owned Vehicle Coverage
We’ll cover you for the loss or damage to a borrowed or rented vehicle comparable to your own.

Roadside Assistance
We’ll reimburse you up to $50 for emergency expenses. This includes tow truck services, battery replacement, or installing a spare tire.

Hit and Run Deductible Waiver
We’ll waive your deductible up to $1,000 in the event of a hit-and-run if it’s reported to the police within 24 hours.

How much is car insurance in Ottawa?

$204/month is the median cost of car insurance in Ottawa with Sonnet. Get car insurance for less than the average cost of basic utilities for an apartment in Ottawa.

How car insurance is calculated in Ottawa
Car insurance prices are calculated on the likelihood of a claim happening. That’s why the cost of car insurance varies for each person based on several factors, such as location. An example of this is in the difference between cities. You’re likely to find cheaper car insurance rates in Ottawa vs. in Toronto. Remember, you should aim to find the best car insurance to meet your needs, not just the cheapest car insurance in Ottawa.

Key factors affecting your Ottawa car insurance quotes

  • Your driving record
    This is a big determining factor of your car insurance rates in Ottawa. Aside being at fault for a collision, here are five traffic tickets that can raise your insurance rates: speeding, failing to stop at a red light or stop sign, driving without wearing a seatbelt, distracted driving, and illegal turns.
  • The car you drive
    Canada has seen a surge in auto thefts, with Ottawa being no exception. If you’re looking for a cheaper car insurance rate, you may want to avoid getting a car in the top stolen vehicles list.
  • The neighbourhood you live in
    How congested your area is and crime rates in your area can all affect the cost of your car insurance. That’s why, if you live in a denser area, you could be paying more for your car insurance.
  • Your daily commute
    More road time means more chance of error and accidents. From the intersection on Hunt Club just East of Riverside to the area between Wellington Street West and Holland Avenue, there’s some areas that just aren’t fun (or safe) for drivers. So, if your daily commute is long, you can expect your car insurance to cost a bit more.
  • Your age
    Age plays a role in your car insurance rates. Younger drivers may pay higher premiums, but as you gain experience on the road those rates will be adjusted. Stay safe, and before you know it you too can enjoy rates that come with being a seasoned driver.
  • The coverage you want
    Ottawa offers both mandatory and optional car insurance coverages, and you may choose to enhance your coverage with add-ons like Collision or Upset, and Comprehensive. While these additions may increase the upfront cost, they can be a valuable investment, insuring against accidents and thefts.

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Our free, easy-to-use smartphone app monitors your driving and scores it. Every three months you could earn savings of up to 35% for driving safely, and you could also get a Mileage Discount of up to 10% just for driving less.

How to get cheaper car insurance in Ottawa

Bundle home and auto

Bundling your home and car insurance could mean up to 20% in savings. Insuring more than one vehicle could also qualify you for multi-vehicle savings.

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Why buy car insurance with Sonnet?

Online auto claims

Report car insurance claims online 24/7 directly through your account, and chat with a live Claims Professional if you need help. Or, do it over the phone – the choice is yours.

Customer satisfaction

Online doesn’t have to mean on-your-own. Email, chat or call our fully-licensed insurance agents and experience our top quality customer care.

24/7 towing

Get a tow you can trust. On top of our 24/7 claims reporting, Sonnet provides 24-hour towing assistance after an accident – Canada-wide.

Questions about car insurance in Ottawa? We’ve got answers

Getting an auto insurance quote with Sonnet is quick and easy – with plenty of help along the way. Read through our current blogs or most frequently asked questions about car insurance to get started.

How do I get the eSlip or pink slip for my new car insurance?

Once you've purchased your car insurance, we’ll send you an email with a link to activate your Sonnet account. Your pink slip and proof of insurance will be accessible directly through your account dashboard. Here you can also get the steps to add your eSlip right to your phone’s digital wallet.

If you would like to download an eSlip, here are the steps to add it to your phone:
Currently eSlips are available for iOS users only. Android available soon.

  1. Download the Sonnet Insurance app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play store app (Android).
  2. Log in to your account in the app using the same email and password you set up for your Sonnet account.
  3. For first-time users, tap the ‘Get your eSlip’ banner over the ‘More’ tab. Agree to the terms and conditions for eSlips. Choose your vehicle (for single policies) or choose your policy then vehicle (for multiple polices).
  4. eSlips will automatically update in your digital wallet app after a policy change or renewal. If you notice that it hasn’t automatically updated, tap on the ‘More’ tab, then tap ‘Pink Slip’. Choose your vehicle (for single policies) or choose your policy then vehicle (for multiple polices).
  5. Your eSlip will automatically be added to your phone’s digital wallet.

Heads up! If you are an iOS (iPhone) user, the Background app refresh setting must always be turned ON. This setting allows eSlips to automatically update when you make a policy change or renew your policy.

Follow these steps to turn this setting ON:

  1. Go to your iPhone Settings and scroll down until you see the Sonnet Insurance App.
  2. Simply tap the Background App Refresh toggle, so it is ON (green).

Want to view your physical pink slip in your account? Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account and click on the ‘Easily access your digital pink slip’ card.
  2. For single policies click ’Download’. For multiple policies, choose your policy number and then click ‘Download’.

We’ll also send you a hard copy of your pink slip through the mail (which takes about 5 business days).

Haven’t received your liability slip in the mail? First, double check the mailing address listed on your account. You can do this by signing into your account and selecting Settings. If your mailing address is incorrect or you would like to request a new pink slip be mailed, contact us.

What's the difference between collision and comprehensive car insurance coverage?

Collision and comprehensive coverage work together to protect your car from many kinds of damage – so you won’t need to pay out-of-pocket to repair or replace your car.

Collision coverage protects your car when you’re at-fault in an accident, such as:

  • Your car hits another car
  • Your car hits an object (like a road sign or a street light)
  • Your car rolls over

Heads up! For some not-at-fault accidents, like if you’re involved in a hit and run collision, you're still covered under your collision coverage.

Comprehensive coverage is a little different, because it protects your car from damage that’s caused from things other than an accident. This could be a rock hitting your windshield or a tree falling on your car during a storm. While comprehensive coverage can differ between insurers, here’s what it commonly covers you for:

  • Your car is damaged by fire
  • Your car is vandalized
  • Your car is stolen
  • Your car is damaged by a falling object
  • Your car is damaged from a wind or hailstorm

Heads up! Although not mandatory coverage, if you lease your vehicle, both collision and comprehensive coverage are usually required by your leasing or financing company. Learn more about insuring your leased or financed vehicle.

Will my Sonnet car insurance cover me as an Uber or Lyft driver?

Using your vehicle to carry paying passengers is considered business use and is NOT covered by your policy. This includes, but is not limited to Uber, Lyft or any other similar ridesharing services.

How do you get car insurance in Canada?

Getting car insurance in Canada is easy. With Sonnet, you can get a car insurance quote online in 5 minutes. All you’ll need is your driver’s license number, vehicle identification number (VIN) and the answers to a few simple questions – we do the rest of the work for you! Get an instant quote now.

Did you know? Your postal code affects your car insurance whether you live in Toronto or elsewhere in Canada.

Do I need car insurance for a leased or financed car?

Yes, you’ll still need to get car insurance for your leased or financed vehicle. It’s not included in your lease or contract.

The leasing or financing company may have specific car insurance requirements as a condition of your contract with them. These could include a minimum deductible for collision and comprehensive coverages. You’ll also need to list them on your policy as an additional interest, since they have a stake in your car. And, they’ll require you to provide them with proof of insurance.

Still have questions? Learn more about how leasing vs. financing a car affects your insurance.

Do you live in Toronto? Find out which has the cheapest car insurance - used cars vs. new cars.

What type of car insurance is mandatory in Ontario?

In Ontario, the minimum coverage required by law is:

  • Liability
  • Uninsured Automobile Coverage
  • Accident Benefits

You can’t legally drive without these three.

You might want to add optional coverages that would repair or replace your car if it’s damaged. Collision and comprehensive coverages aren’t required by law. But, they’re highly recommended if you want to avoid paying costly bills out of pocket. Collision takes care of damage to your car in case of an accident with another car or object. Comprehensive covers damage from fire, theft, falling objects, and more. 

Heads up! As of January 1, 2024, Ontario auto insurance policyholders can opt out of Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD). DCPD was previously mandatory in Ontario. This coverage is also known as Collision – Not Your Fault.

Think carefully before removing DCPD from a vehicle. If you decide to opt out, here’s what to consider:

  • You’ll have to pay out of pocket to repair or replace the vehicle even if you’re not at fault in an accident.
  • You won’t be compensated by anyone else’s policy. And, you can’t sue anyone to recover damages. This includes anyone at fault for causing the damage. It also includes their insurer.
  • If you have Collision or All Perils coverage, they will be removed from that vehicle.
  • Extras like towing, storage, and a rental vehicle will also be removed.
  • If you lease or finance your car, the contract with your lender might not allow it.
  • You can’t remove the coverage through your account. You must call in and we’ll send you a paper consent form to fill out and send back to us.

We always want you to be fully protected! Have questions about your policy? Reach out to one of our agents via chat or email. They’re happy to help!

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Average monthly premiums for auto insurance in Ottawa are based on current Sonnet policies as of February 2024, with assumptions made to determine demographic groups.