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The standard of living is high in B.C. and Canada. The United Nations Human Development Index consistently ranks Canada as one of the world's best countries to live in. The people of B.C., like the rest of Canada, are friendly and welcoming. People from many cultures call B.C. their home, creating a diverse and vibrant society that welcomes international students.

Vancouver Island, the coastal regions of B.C. and Vancouver have a mild climate with pleasant warm, dry summers and mild, wet conditions in spring, fall and winter. It rarely snows in the lower areas of this region and if it does snow it usually doesn\'t stay around long.

Thompson-Okanagan and the Cariboo region enjoy pleasant temperatures during spring. Summers are some of the hottest in B.C. with temperatures often in the high 30\'s (degrees Celsius). By late October the temperature drops and brings a cooler fall with temperatures continuing to drop through to winter.

Kootenay region is in the southeast corner of the province. The climate in this region is known to fluctuate and change suddenly. Temperatures range from mild to cold in spring, fall and winter, and warm to hot in summer accompanied by high winds and dramatic lightning storms.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast stretches from the Cariboo and Columbia mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, with a vast plateau area in between. The climate will vary dramatically as you travel across this region. The Cariboo and Chilcotin areas typically enjoy warm and dry summers while winters are cold but not damp. The coastal parts of this region are mild all year-round with October-February being the wettest months and May-August being the driest.

Northern B.C. encompasses more than half the province. Temperatures in this region are typically cooler than in the southern regions of B.C. for all seasons. Northern B.C. has high rainfall levels for spring, summer and fall, and cold winters.

Wherever you decide to do your studies in B.C. you should make sure to pack good wet-weather gear that includes a rain jacket, boots, waterproof shoes and an umbrella. For the winter months you should bring a nice warm jacket, gloves, and a warm hat. During summer, B.C. is pleasantly warm and shorts, t-shirts, skirts, dresses, and sandals are ideal for our summer temperatures.

How we find you the best renter's insurance in BC.

Home, condo, or renters insurance is a type of insurance that covers loss and damages to your home and any assets in it. Home insurance also provides liability coverage against accidents that occur in or on your property. While home insurance coverage isn’t mandatory in Canada, you’ll be hard pressed to find a lender who will give you a mortgage without it. That’s why finding the right home insurance in BC is so important.

With InsureCert.ca, you can compare home insurance quotes from BC’s top home insurance brokers and agents in just a few minutes. All you have to do is select your preferred quote, and an BC home insurance provider will be in touch to help you secure it. Not ready to fill out a form? No problem. We answer some of the biggest questions you may have below.

Your BC renters insurance questions, answered.

What perils are specific to BC?

Your renters insurance in BC protects you from the same perils as other cities, so tenants who need insurance in BC will go through the same process as other places and cities in Canada.

If your landlord requires you to carry insurance, they want you to buy a 3rd Party Liability Policy. This Liability policy pays for your negligence if you cause bodily injury or property damage to someone else.

A Property Policy insures your stuff. You want to declare a Property Limit in CAD$ to insure all your belongings. A Liability Policy does not insure anything you own, borrow or rent, so make sure you are buying two policies when configuring your order. Liability & Property = Total Protection.

What does home insurance cover in BC?
Generally speaking, house insurance in BC will cover: Repairs to structural damage caused by certain types of perils. A home’s contents, including the personal belongings of the home’s residents, and the belongings of guests. Personal belongings include electronics, clothing, silverware, jewelry, sporting equipment, trees and plants. However, most insurance policies do put a limit on these types of benefits. Liability, which protects the policyholder and family members from lawsuits as a result of bodily injuries. The insurance policy will pay court costs up to the limit of the policy. What many people don’t know about home insurance is that a typical policy will also cover liability or negligence anywhere in North America, subject to exclusions for business and professional activities. Generally speaking, your home insurance coverage in BC will include the following risks:
  • Fire.
  • Lightning.
  • Smoke damage (excluding fireplaces).Theft.
  • Wind and hail.
  • Electrical current.
  • Explosion.
  • Vandalism.
  • Water damage.
  • Broken windows.Wind and hail.
  • Falling objects (unless propelled by a landslide, avalanche, or earthquake)
What risks won’t home insurance cover in BC?
Most home insurance providers in BC won’t cover two kinds of risks: uninsurable perils and optional coverage:

Uninsurable perils are predictable events that aren’t covered by insurance. That’s because the odds are high for a payout. An example of perils that may not be covered is flooding. Optional risks are those that aren’t covered but you can buy insurance for them. These would include sewage backup or earthquakes. Other things home insurance won’t cover include natural wear and tear, government actions, and the failure to make repairs. In BC, most home insurance policies won’t automatically cover things like sewage backup, earthquakes or flooding without additional insurance, which are called endorsements.
What kind of home insurance do you need in BC?

Standard homeowners insurance in BC comes in four different forms: comprehensive, basic, broad, basic and no frills.

Comprehensive - This type of insurance covers the building and contents from all insurable perils.

Basic or Named Perils - This policy insures your home and property for perils specifically named in your policy.

Broad - A broad policy insures your home for all risks as a result of direct damage or physical loss, but the contents are only covered against perils that you name in the policy. It’s considered a middle-ground between a comprehensive and basic policy.

No Frills - As the name suggests, it’s basic coverage for properties that don’t meet normal insurance standards.

While BC is less exposed to the kind of environmental perils than other cities, there are some endorsements homeowners and renters should consider including sewage backup, flooding and increased liability for your valuable items.

Purchasing extra coverage will likely increase home insurance premiums for BC residents, but it’s important to ensure that your assets are adequately protected. If they’re not, the costs of repairs and damages might outweigh the cost of additional coverage.

What can you do to save on home insurance in BC?

Living in a major city can be expensive, but finding cheap home insurance in BC can help you cut costs. If you’re looking to lower the cost of your premium on your BC home, you can:

  • Bundle insurance policies like home and auto.
  • Look into alumni or professional memberships for discounts.
  • Offer to pay a higher deductible.
  • Upgrade your home: replace knob and tube wiring, update valuable parts of your home like the kitchen or basement and replace lead pipes with copper or plastic.
  • Invest in a good security system.

Try to avoid living in areas that are known to be prone to floods, fires, or earthquakes. Finding affordable home insurance in BC doesn’t have to be a struggle. Whatever your method of getting the best rate, comparison shop before you buy so you can compare current home insurance rates from BC providers.

Most places will ask you a series of questions about your home before giving an estimate. You’ll be asked your address, postal code, the size and age of your home, the type of roof, whether you have a deck or a basement, and the type of electrical wiring throughout your home. All this will ensure you get the correct rate and the appropriate amount of coverage.

What are the best home insurance companies in BC?

There is no single answer to this question. There’s no one insurance provider that provides the best home insurance rates to all BC customers because everyone’s home insurance needs are different. The right company is the one that offers you the best rate for the type of coverage you need.

Not all insurance companies will be right for you. Here are several things to keep in mind when you’re choosing an insurer in BC:

  • Do they belong to a reputable association such as the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada?
  • Are they licensed?
  • Is the company in good standing? You can check review sites.
  • Can they provide references from current and previous clients?
  • How long have they been in business?

Ease of contact with your agent and company after you’ve purchased your home or renters insurance policy. Finding an BC home insurance quote online can be the fastest way to get in touch with the right provider that suits your needs.

What if I own a condo or rent? Can I still buy property insurance online?
You’re in luck! we offer policies to renters and condo owners. If you’re on the market for either of these policies, you can actually fill out the property insurance form above and select the Condo Insurance or Renters Insurance option on the first page. If you’re looking for more information about either of these products, feel free to visit our homeowners product page via the menu at the top of this page.
Average Rental Cost in BC $1,148
Number of units needed to meet demand 71,535
Number of total rental units in the province 591,550
Average monthly tenant insurance cost in BC$26

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