How does home insurance work in Alberta?
Here are the basics of how home insurance works in Alberta:
Home insurance provides homeowners in Alberta with financial protection. You never know when a peril like a thunderstorm, flood, or fire could destroy your property. It covers your home and contents against damage caused by an insured peril.
There are several policy levels to choose from - comprehensive, broad form, and basic. You choose the plan that makes the most sense based on your needs and risk tolerance. Higher limits and more coverage will increase how much you pay. For example, basic plans are more affordable than comprehensive.
If your dwelling is damaged or you have a liability claim against you, you can file a home insurance claim. You pay your deductible, and your insurance company will cover the rest up to your plan limit.
Is home insurance mandatory in Alberta?
No. Home insurance is not mandatory in Alberta, but it is strongly recommended. There are too many threats not to have protection. Without a plan, you are putting your finances at risk. Plus, banks and other mortgage lenders will not give you a loan without proof of insurance. In this sense, it is required, unless you are mortgage-free.
How much home insurance do I need in Alberta?
Generally, you should have enough home insurance to cover the cost of rebuilding your home in Alberta. This amount will vary based on your home size and features. Your replacement cost will be listed in your plan. Most mortgage lenders require you to be insured for at least the amount of your mortgage.
You should also insure your property against loss or injury. Liability and contents insurance is recommended. The combination of these coverages will ensure you have maximum protection against a variety of threats.
Who regulates home insurance in Alberta?
Alberta Superintendent of Insurance (SOI) regulates home insurance in the province. They are tasked with supervising underwriting, products, and the conduct of insurance companies in the province.