Driving experience in Ireland is generally not recognized in Canada, although some insurance companies may be willing to allocate a driving credit.
Obtain written proof of your driving record in Ireland.
If purchasing or leasing an automobile in Canada, check the insurance rates for each type of automobile. Rates vary dramatically for different types of cars. The #1 car for theft will be more expensive to insure.
If you purchase or lease through a dealer, ask them to refer you to an insurance agent who will be willing to seek a low insurance rate with a reputable company. Many dealers have colleagues in the insurance industry that will help the dealer close a sale.
Check with other new arrivals to see where they might have obtained a good deal.
Shop around–rates can vary from one broker to another.