Get a Home Insurance Quote in Alberta
Located in western Canada, the province of Alberta is bordered by the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west and vast prairies and badlands to the east. To the north lie the Northwest Territories. Alberta has a population of more than four million, concentrated in our major urban centres of Calgary and Edmonton. It is the fourth largest province in Canada, covering an area of 661,000 sq km (255,214 sq mi). Alberta is known as a prairie province but the landscapes vary from towering mountains, glacial lakes and vast boreal forests to rolling foothills, fertile prairies and desert badlands. Alberta has 245 rivers and more than 600 lakes. Alberta has 27,525 sq km (10,627 sq mi) of protected land in over 500 sites including 75 provincial parks. Alberta’s five national parks encompass an additional 63,000 sq km (24,000 sq mi) and three of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most of the province lives in a flood zone, therefore a number of flood prevention measures should be taken for peace of mind. Saskatchewan can avail of overland water protection through MIG as an add on to their home insurance policy.
MIG Insurance is proud to offer a range of flexible home insurance coverage options to give you peace of mind, wherever in Alberta you call home. Below you’ll find more information on home insurance in Saskatchewan, as well as how MIG can help you find the perfect coverage for your needs.
How Much Does Home Insurance Cost in Alberta?
|Home Insurance, Property Type||Monthly Rate|
|Within Calgary – homeowners||$89|
|Within Calgary – condo||$37|
|Within Calgary – renters||$23|
|Outside of Calgary – homeowners||$94|
|Outside of Calgary – condo||$37|
|Outside of Calgary – renters||$25|
|Canada – all home insurance||$72|
|Canada – homeowners||$77|
|Canada – renters||$41|
|MB – homeowners||$84|
|MB – renters||$49|
|BC – homeowners||$85|
|BC – renters||$47|
|ON – homeowners||$78|
|ON – renters||$42|
|QC – homeowners||$70|
|QC – renters||$33|
The chart above provides a comparison for Renters, Condo and Homeowners Insurance premiums in Alberta to those from across the country. Rates will vary from one city or town in Alberta to another as insurance companies utilize rate tables for various territories based on experience ratings, claims data, exposure to risks, etc.
Some of the factors affecting Alberta insurance costs include exposure to overland water, extreme hot weather conditions such as hail and wind storms that can include tornados, and extreme cold in the winter that can increase incidents of damage to pipes and structures. The good news is Alberta is free from threat of volcanoes and earthquakes!
Renters will typically pay less for their insurance than homeowners because a renter isn’t insuring the value of the structure; this is the responsibility of their landlord. Renters insurance includes contents coverage and liability for any accidental damage caused to property or bodily injury to others. Home insurance includes this as well as coverage for loss or damage to the actual structure and any outbuildings, decks, garages, even landscaping.
Related: Renters Insurance Alberta
What Affects Home Insurance Prices in Alberta?
Home insurance covers the cost of replacing your home – not it’s market value. Sometimes this value can be a lot higher than the market value of the home, it is important to know that upfront so don’t be surprised if the insured value of your home is higher than you think it is worth.
So, what factors go into pricing insurance to protect your home? More than you think actually. Insurers will take into account:
- Where you live.
- The type of neighbourhood you live in and how many claims have been made there.
- How close you live to a fire hydrant and fire station.
- Your personal claim history.
- Your home’s electrical wiring, piping, whether you have a wood stove (having one puts you in a higher-risk category), and the age of your roof.
- Your credit score, if you consent to one.
These factors compile what is considered your insurance score, or risk profile, which they can use to price the coverage. It is important to note that if you consent to a credit check it will only be used to determine whether you qualify for premium discounts, not increases.
What Can You Do to Save on Home Insurance in Alberta?
- Maintain a good insurance score.
- Raise your deductible.
- Outfit your home with emergency protection features (e.g., sewer backup valve, hail-proof roof, or a home security system).
- Remain claims-free for three years or more.
- Stay with the same insurer for a period of time (varies by insurer).
- Buy a newer home.
- Install security and monitoring devices (some insurers are offering discounts for IoT devices)
10 Fun Facts About Alberta
- Trick or treat began in Alberta! Halloween’s history goes back hundreds of years, but the earliest known use of “trick or treat” didn’t occur until 1927 in Blackie, Alberta when a newspaper reported on costumed “pranksters” uttering the phrase at different houses.
The world’s longest beaver dam is in Wood Buffalo National Park and measures 850 metres (or 2,790 feet) long.
The slogan on Saskatchewan licence plates is “Land of Living Skies,” and no one could disagree that the incredible, massive skies aren’t an entertainment form in their own right.
Instead of a key to the city, honourees in Calgary get a white cowboy hat and have to say the most stereotypically Albertan pledge ever.
- The town of Vulcan, Alberta is really into Star Trek. To promote tourism, Vulcan features a Star Trek museum and has its own 31-foot replica of the Enterprise next to a spaceship-shaped visitors’ centre.
- Lloydminster straddles the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan, and instead of fighting over the territory, the provinces agreed to just share it.
- The first Boston Pizza was opened by Greek immigrant Gus Agioritis in Edmonton, and it was called the Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House. Nothing screams “Boston” like Alberta, right?
- Bartender Walter Chell invented the Caesar at Calgary’s Westin hotel in 1969. He remembered going to Italy where spaghetti would be served with tomato sauce and clams, so he decided to mash some clams up and mix them with tomato juice. And so began a delicious Canadian tradition.
- Every year, hundreds of businesses and volunteers offer their time and resources to put on free pancake breakfasts for visitors during the Stampede —at which 200,000 are consumed.
- According to Guinness World Records, the world’s largest parking lot is located at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada. It can hold 20,000 vehicles.
How to Get Home Insurance in Alberta
The MIG Insurance process to getting home insurance is VERY simple.
- Determine what type of insurance you need
- Determine what type of coverage you need
- Receive your insurance policy
Getting a quote online is free and takes just a few minutes. We have simplified everything because we understand your time is valuable and want the quickest results possible.
Home Insurance Policy Types
For property you own, there are two main types of home insurance policies: broad-form and comprehensive. Depending on where you live (whether it’s a home, condominium, mobile home or seasonal property), coverage options will vary. Property you rent will be covered under renters insurance.
Broad policies provide all risk coverage for your home and only named perils coverage for your contents. This means that coverage would not be available for accidental loss or damage caused to your contents. Comprehensive policies provide all risk coverage on both the home and your contents. Accidental loss or damage would be covered on your contents under a comprehensive policy.
Alberta Home Insurance Coverage
Home insurance is for anyone who owns their home. It protects your home and possessions against burglaries, fire, water damage and most unforeseen circumstances. In addition to protecting your belongings, home insurance includes liability coverage that protects you against negligent acts that may occur either in, or away from, your home.
The available coverage is fairly straightforward, but depending on your particular situation, some areas may be more important than others.
Your home and all other structures will be replaced at their total value, should you suffer a complete loss. MIG has the tools and advisors you need to walk you through the evaluation process, and to be sure that your home and all additional structures will be replaced at their total value.
Personal Property Protection
Your belongings are likely worth more than you think. Having the right insurance will insure these belongings against whatever it may cost to replace them, should you suffer a partial or total loss. Personal property limits are usually calculated as a percentage of the value of the home. If your personal property exceeds this limit, additional coverage will be needed.
One of the most important (and often overlooked) benefits of home insurance is the liability coverage that you have at home and which follows you when you’re away. Should an accident occur on your property that results in damages to someone else or to a neighbouring property, liability coverage covers you for repair and medical expenses. Or, if you’re outside your home and accidentally cause damage to someone else’s property, you’re personally covered if you are deemed liable.
If your space can’t be occupied because of damage from a loss, living expenses coverage will cover the cost of alternative living arrangements, even the cost of meals while you get back on your feet.
Sewer, Water Damage & Flood Coverage
Depending where you live, your enjoyment of the spring season can be accompanied by anxiety about potential flooding. If you have questions, our team is here to help. We can work with you to assess what type of additional coverage you may need. When you’re fully insured, you can stop worrying about the implications of rising water levels and quickly get back to enjoying the warmer temperatures.
Making a Home Insurance Claim in Alberta
Now for the most important part of your home insurance policy: making a claim. Many Albertans think that some insurance providers try to make it difficult to open claims and try to worm their way out of paying claims. Instead of being a middle-man who just sells home insurance, we have made it our goal to give you the knowledge and tools to make buying home insurance in Saskatchewan simple.
Simple claims process: At MIG, we make navigating through the claims process as easy as possible. When the worse things happens, reach out to us in the way it makes most sense to you – we will be here for you. We’ll let you know exactly what supporting documentation you might need to provide as we work through the claims process.
Fast response times: Completing your claims form online can save you time because it means we’ll have the initial information and can get to work right away. We’ll give you a call on the next business day and work with you through the next steps. Remember to keep your supporting documents close to hand.
We help you every step of the way: Our goal is to process your claim as quickly as possible. At each step, our aim is to help you move closer to a conclusion. We will be in touch at regular intervals to keep you updated on the claim progress, and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
MIG is in Alberta
Born in the prairies, MIG Insurance covers thousands of Albertans every year. You can purchase insurance online, get a quote within minutes or reach out through phone or email.
Get Your Alberta Home Insurance Quote Now
Get your free Alberta home insurance quote online now, or call 204-809-9813 for a phone quote. Simply provide some basic details about yourself, your home’s characteristics and your coverage profile, and you’ll have your quote in no time.