With Onlia Insurance by your side, you can embark on the journey with confidence, knowing that car insurance can be made easy.
Getting car insurance in Ontario
Onlia is one of the few insurers that consider out-of-country driving experience, as long as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has your driving record registered.
You’ll also need a provincial driver’s licence within 60 days of arriving in Ontario. Getting a driver’s licence, if you have to start fresh, take a bit longer with graduated licensing – and all these new processes and changes can be exhausting for someone who is trying to find solid footing in new surroundings. But luckily there are options in place to simplify the transition if you have a driving history from another country.
For Caspar V. the move from his home in Breda, Netherlands to Canada was made easier by Onlia’s partnership with his employer, the Holland House.
New Canadians and Onlia
Caspar connected with Onlia and took advantage of a 10% auto and home insurance discount offered to Holland House members through a group partnership.
“I was about to purchase a new car, and that’s always a good moment to see what my options for insurance are,” Caspar recalled. “Right at the same time, prior to delivery of the car … a partnership came to fruition where members of Holland House would get additional discounts.”
Following the link provided to Holland House members, he provided his details and saw his price in minutes.
“I was surprised how good the rate was,” Caspar said. “The key differentiator between Onlia versus other insurance companies, especially for car insurance, is that they take into your account your foreign driver’s history, which is a game changer.
“That is hundreds of dollars a month in savings, which I think for a lot of new immigrants like me, is a big hurdle when you first come to the country, right?”
Canada saw 437,180 new immigrants arrive in the country in 2022, according to Statistics Canada. It was a record-breaking year for permanent residency in Canada, and 42.3% of those new citizens settled in Ontario.