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What New Manitoba Drivers Need to Know About Car Insurance

August 21, 2020

Updated: March 5, 2022


Whether you’re a new driver yourself or you’re raising one at home, this is the essential car insurance information you can’t afford NOT to know. This is the only resource you’ll need to understand exactly how car insurance works for new drivers in Manitoba.

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How Car Insurance Works: A Guide for New Drivers in Manitoba

Car insurance is made up of two things: your premium and your deductible. It gives you third-party liability coverage in the event that you’re at-fault for an accident, so you don’t have to foot the (expensive) bill.

Your rate is the amount you pay in order to keep yourself insured. To figure out this cost, you’ll want an Insurance Consultant to help you decide how much coverage you need. Then, you’ll pick on a payment plan. There are three options with Manitoba Public Insurance:

  1. Annual full payments
  2. Quarterly pre-authorized payments
  3. Monthly pre-authorized payments


Your deductible is the amount you pay if you are responsible for an accident. If you get in an accident and it’s your fault, you’ll pay your deductible, and then your auto insurance will kick in.

Auto insurance always includes third-party liability coverage. This type of insurance covers any damages made to other vehicles or property in Manitoba.

Basic, mandatory coverage for most passenger vehicles includes a $500 deductible and $200,000 worth of third-party liability insurance.

For drivers getting insured for the first time

The biggest thing new drivers need to know is that you NEED to have insurance when you’re on the road. You cannot drive without insurance, no matter who is in the vehicle with you. It’s also important for you to know that setting up insurance for the first time can take a while, so be sure to plan ahead.

When it comes to the type of insurance to buy as a young adult, it can be hard to know where to start. Buying insurance young can give you all kinds of advantages, so it’s something we always recommend. If you’re not sure what insurance solutions exist or where to start, don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

Check out our free Guide To Insurance For Manitobans in their 20s and 30s for quick, go-to insurance information that will fill you in on everything you need to know to get started today.

For parents of drivers getting insured for the first time

If you’re raising a new driver, our biggest advice is not to skimp on getting the right protection! New drivers have a lot to pay attention to, and for them, driving can be overwhelming. This can lead to more fender benders, dents, bumps, and even accidents. Take the time to get your new driver ALL the right protection they need, and learn as much as you can about additional coverage options, like Vehicle Replacement Insurance, that can be added-on to base policies and protect even more of the unexpected.

Let’s make sure you have all the info you need.

For new Manitobans getting insured for the first time

Auto insurance in Manitoba is different from auto insurance in other provinces and countries. Some provinces and countries offer private insurance options, whereas in Manitoba, everything is governed by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). That doesn’t mean you don’t have choices, though! There are a variety of options through MPI, some of which can prove very useful for drivers who are new to Manitoba roads! For example, if you’re not used to living where roads are slippery in the winter, you may want to look into MPI’s Winter Tire Program! If you’re not sure what coverage you require, speak with a licensed Insurance Consultant who can walk you through your options.

Car Insurance Options For Manitobans

Basic car insurance is required for all Manitoba drivers, but some parts of your policy are optional. If you’re looking for more or different coverage, you can choose:

  • Lower deductibles;
  • Increased third-party liability insurance;
  • Added auto loss-of-use coverage; and/or
  • An increased maximum value for your vehicle.

Driving without insurance

If you don’t yet have insurance, you must purchase a temporary permit either through the car dealer where you made the purchase, or with an autopac agent. (Come see us and we’ll get you sorted!)

How to get car insurance as a new driver

To get insurance coverage in Manitoba, all you need to do is speak with a licensed insurance broker. And if you’re in Winnipeg, we’d love to be the ones to help! Visit us in person or request a free online quote to get your car insurance underway today.

Auto Insurance Considerations

All new drivers will need new auto insurance, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. There are a few things you’ll want to consider.

  1. The deductible you can afford in the event of an at-fault claim. Deductibles can vary from policy to policy. It’s worth considering what you can afford to pay in the event of an accident. Just note that a lower deductible may make your premium payments go up.
  2. How you use your vehicle. There are many different types of coverage available depending on what you use your vehicle for.
  3. Traveling outside of Manitoba. Travel can affect the insurance you need, so be sure to mention any regular or one-time travel plans to your Insurance Consultant.
  4. Your monthly budget for insurance premiums. Determine what you can afford to pay for insurance each month.
  5. Different policy types. Auto Insurance policies vary depending on the use of your vehicle.
    • All Purpose Usage policies are perfect for drivers who use their vehicles every day (driving to work or school).
    • Pleasure Use Policies cover every day vehicle use outside of your commute.

Understanding Auto Insurance Premiums & Costs for New Drivers

Auto insurance pricing varies from person to person. Premiums depend on:​

  • Where you live (urban or rural);
  • How you use your vehicle (work, recreation, etc.);
  • The kind of vehicle you own (make, model, year); and
  • The registered owner’s driving record.

What are some things that will make my auto insurance premium go up?

  • Living in the city
  • Living in rural Manitoba and commuting to the city for work or school (you’ll pay a commuter rate)
  • Owning a higher value car (like a nice sports car)
  • Having more at-fault claims and traffic convictions on your record

What are some things that will make my auto insurance premium start to go down?

  • Using your car for pleasure only (very rare commuting)
  • Purchasing a less ‘flashy’ vehicle
  • Going 2 years without an at-fault claim (you’ll get a driver safety rating discount!)

Are there any reasons why I might want to increase my limits?

Yes. Standard car insurance gives you $200k of third-party liability coverage. If you travel outside Manitoba (even if only for one-day or weekend trips), that might not be enough, so extra coverage is a great idea. Optional, additional Autopac coverage can increase your third-party liability protection to $1 million, $2 million, $5 million, $7 million or $10 million.

How to lower your auto insurance premium as a new driver

We often get asked if there’s anything a new driver can do to lower their premiums. The answer is yes, but it won’t have an immediate impact on the rates you pay. It takes time to see results from the changes you make.

That said, insurance does tend to go down for new drivers as they continue to:

  • Be safe behind the wheel
  • Avoid getting in accidents and incidents (traffic convictions and at-fault claims)
  • Periodically review their insurance coverage with an Insurance Consultant

Get Help: New Driver Insurance Support

Not sure what you need, or how to get started? We’re here for you. 
Contact us and we’ll get you on the road safely in no time!