Best VPN for Canada in 2021
We tested hundreds of VPNs and disclose the best VPN for Canada. We reveal the ones that really stood out in terms of speed, price, features, and privacy.
We tested hundreds of VPNs and disclose the best VPN for Canada. We reveal the ones that really stood out in terms of speed, price, features, and privacy.
We often get asked by people which VPN for Canada is the best or should be using? The problem with answering this question is that hundreds of VPN providers operate in Canada.
Since Canada’s online surveillance is just as bad as that in other countries that are part of the Five Eyes (FVEY), it is important to make sure that the VPN you use can’t be compromised or co-opted. Fortunately for everyone reading this article, we’ve narrowed your choices down to five VPN services worth considering.
Here are the 5 best VPNs for Canada, detailing their cost, features, and advantages:
We’ve used NordVPN extensively across the world and found it to be the best VPN service, hands down. During our testing in Toronto, Canada, there were a number of things that stood out from all the other VPNs we were testing.
The most apparent was the fact that the service was fast and that its privacy and security were foolproof, to say the least. We’ll go into all of these features and more in the subsequent sections. Needless to say, it is our top pick whether you want the best value for money or the best privacy for the price.
We are probably not the first to review or talk about how good NordVPN is, but there is a reason why it gets so many rave reviews. We’ll examine the best features for Canadians and why they should use them below.
Now SmartPlay is one of those features that we are sure that Canadians will use a lot. It is similar to smart DNS used by other VPNs because it helps users circumvent geo-restrictions.
In a nutshell, turning it on means that you can use websites that would be otherwise restricted to Canadian users. For instance, you’ll be able to access Hulu and Netflix’s US libraries or their libraries for South Africa, for that matter.
We've tested a Canadian server in Toronto and found that speeds were excellent and stable for the most part. We connected to servers in the UK, US, and even Africa and Asia, with consistent speeds.
Downloads and uploads were terrific, with the only difference being that servers in places like Malaysia and South Africa throttled our speeds by as much as 32% on average. However, that is to be expected since these locations are farthest from Canada.
If there is one beginner-friendly VPN, we’d openly recommend it would have to be NordVPN. Whether it is for Desktop or Mobile devices, the interface is a no-brainer. Furthermore, all the settings you’ll need, like leak protection and IPv6, are just a few taps away. Our only gripe is that NordVPN does not list cities in alphabetical order but can be circumvented by just searching for the city. Other than that, there is nothing wrong with it.
We were able to easily stream Netflix’s US library and their library in Australia. It worked 8 out of 10 times. The only thing you’ll want to do is to clear your computer’s cache before firing up Netflix.
NordVPN offers a myriad of security features, including DNS leak protection and extensions for Chrome and Firefox. The kill switch feature is perhaps the most efficient and worked perfectly during our testing. However, more advanced features will require digging into the settings and turning them on.
As of this writing, NordVPN has over 5500 servers in 60+ countries. Furthermore, all if not most servers use 2048-bit military grade encryption to send and receive data. As a bit of a bonus, a single subscription supports up to 6 devices connected simultaneously. NordVPN is also offering unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited servers switch.
Now there are few ways in which subscribers can get in touch with support. However, before you do, it is important to check out its expansive support library, which answers 80% of all questions.
If you don’t find your answer there, you can contact support via live chat, their forum, or email. In our experience, answers came through quickly, and support was excellent in their eagerness to help us.
NordVPN currently offers a few different subscription levels. Unfortunately, there is no free trial. The monthly subscription starts at CAD 15.62 a month. There is also a 2-year plan which costs CAD 4.85 a month.
A 30-day money-back guarantee backs all plans.
Surfshark VPN is a comparatively new VPN that became operational in 2018. However, the company has worked hard to establish itself by providing Canadians with competitive pricing, frequent discounts, and a laundry list of security features. Its comparatively low price makes it a worthy contender, and in our experience, it isn’t too short of the best out there.
SurfShark isn’t the most feature-rich VPN provider, but the features it offers are handy. Below is a quick rundown of all the features and how they work.
In a nutshell, CleanWeb is Surfshark’s take on an ad blocker. It automatically blocks malware, phishing attacks, and ads, amongst a few other threats. It speeds up your browsing experience and ensures that websites don’t track or record anything of your online activity. The feature is turned off by default, but it can be easily turned on.
Now, this is SurfShark’s version of a split tunneling feature. VPN Users that turn on this feature can define which websites can bypass the VPN. For instance, you’ll want to access your bank account directly and not via the VPN so that you can add it to the whitelist. You can also enable apps that you know are legit to access the internet directly, like Windows Update and the Antivirus program that generally connects to the internet to download the latest definitions.
In our experience and while testing it, we found Whitelister to be very easy to use. So, just about anyone can start using it within a matter of seconds.
SurfShark allows users to customize their UI to include all the servers that they connect to frequently. The ‘favorites list’ as it is called, allows you to toggle between the servers that are listed directly via the locations tab. Plus, the UI gives you the option to choose the closest as well as the fastest server.
The multi-hop feature is a lot like what other VPN services refer to as “Double VPN”. The feature works by connecting you to two servers which double the encryption and makes it harder for even a determined government spy to track you down.
You can, for instance, hop from your local connection in Toronto by connecting to a server in Singapore, and that connection then hooks up with a server in the UK, routing your traffic through two continents. While the feature certainly works to enhance your privacy and security, it also slows down your connection by between 25% and 75% depending on the servers you choose.
While Surfshark VPN has a limit on how many devices can be connected to a single VPN account, but you can have unlimited devices using the same subscription, just not all at the same time. We were able to connect 7 devices all at the same time without an issue.
While Canadian users enjoy a nearly censor-free internet experience, there may be some websites that are blocked. Some websites, especially European gambling sites, will bar people with Canadian IP address from accessing their service.
By turning on the “No Borders” mode, you can get around this restriction. However, in our opinion, there is little use for it, at least in Canada.
Surfshark claims that servers where a VPN user connects to have private DNS and leak protection setup when using IPv4 stack. Fortunately, we were able to test this claim and found that there were, in fact, no leaks.
The rather militant sounding “Camouflage mode” is ingenious because it makes it appear as though traffic is moving through the internet normally.
When internet users generally connect to a virtual private network, the ISP cannot see their traffic; when that happens, it can make the ISP suspicious.
When the Camouflage Mode is turned on, that suspicion is no longer a problem because the ISP sees traffic flowing as normal even when connected to a VPN.
At the time of this writing, Surfshark has a few thousand servers dotted across 63 countries. While it does not have servers in as many countries as NordVPN, it is also a cheaper service.
Furthermore, during our testing, we found that the servers are fast and reliable with a no-logs policy. Surfshark also supports P2P file sharing, which means Canadians can share files using torrent and other means.
Surfshark offers 24/7 customer support via live chat and email. The company has made an extensive library of information available complete with tutorials for newbie users should they run into issues.
Surfshark does not offer a free trial, but its pricing is amongst the lowest in the industry. Furthermore, the 30-day money-back guarantee assures people that their money will not waste if they don’t like the VPN client.
The lowest tier pricing starts at CAD 3.33 a month with the 24-month plan. The 30-day plan is CAD 16.94 a month which amounts to CAD 203.25 a year. However, the year-long plan is around CAD 101.89 a year which amounts to CAD 8.50 a month.
ExpressVPN is often touted as the best VPN provider for Canadians because it offers excellent speeds regardless of whether you are using Fido or ordinary cellular 4G.
While speed is one of the service’s biggest selling features, most Canadians will enjoy the fact that it allows users to unlock and even unblock various streaming services like Netflix. It also has a feature set that makes it possible for regular people to dodge hackers, scammers, and phishing attacks.
ExpressVPN is quite feature-rich, so sit tight as we go into some of the unique ones below.
Almost every review of the service, including ours, states that the speeds are the best in the business. When using it here in Toronto and connecting to servers in the UK, Singapore, and Australia, our speeds only took an average 25% hit. In our experience, that’s excellent!
ExpressVPN has apps for both iOS and Android devices. However, these aren’t your ordinary apps; they are fully featured while retaining a comparatively simplistic interface.
While the applications are both fully featured, the one problem you’ll encounter is that Android apps do not support OpenVPN. Now that isn’t entirely a deal-breaker because it still supports other protocols. The iOS version, on the other hand, has no such limitation.
When was the last time we saw a VPN app for a router? It rarely happens, but it is extremely useful because once your router is connected to a VPN, your entire home is routing its traffic securely through it.
Fortunately, ExpressVPN not only provides a fully-featured VPN router but detailed documentation on how to set it up. While only a couple of routers are currently supported, we have heard that more devices should be added soon.
ExpressVPN uses nothing short of AES 256 encryption. The encryption protocol combines the AES 256-bit cipher with a 4096-bit RSA key and SHA-512 HMAC authentication. While all of that is a mouthful, in a nutshell, it means that your traffic, even if intercepted, can’t be decrypted.
Port Forward Secrecy is an advanced feature that few other VPN services provide. The feature works by consistently changing the encryption key each time a user logs into the server. Users are assigned a new key each time, which is valid for that single session only. Furthermore, all data from previous sessions are erased. So, even if someone were to hack your browser, they wouldn’t be able to access anything.
Sure, there is nothing new about Kill Switch security. The above-mentioned top two both have this feature, but it is how ExpressVPN implements it that makes the service stand out.
While all traffic is stopped, when the connection drops, ExpressVPN also turns on what’s called “Network Lock,” which means that no data can flow from your computer to the internet if there is a short lapse in the connection.
The feature is enabled by default and is available across all devices except for iOS, i.e., iPhones and iPads.
Split Tunneling allows users to choose which programs use the regular internet. For instance, you can have a Windows update use your regular connection while at the same time, you’re streaming Netflix’s US library. Having both simultaneous connections ensures no compatibility issues and no reason for users to turn the VPN protocol on/off.
Even though all traffic goes through an encrypted server, there is always a chance that there will be a leak, also called a DNS leak. The leak reveals information regarding your online activities to the ISP.
However, in Canada, you might not want your ISP to know that you’re downloading movies from a torrent server (we don’t advise this) or are possibly chatting with your Ex, for that matter! Our tests showed that there were absolutely no leaks with the leak protection, making it perfectly safe for use.
ExpressVPN is compatible with Tor. It is a hard-to-find feature but an excellent one because it guarantees anonymity. All data that passes through a Tor connection is even invisible to a VPN server. Plus, ExpressVPN guarantees anonymity by running audits on their partners, namely PwC and C3, ensuring they are fully secure.
ExpressVPN has 3000 servers in 96 countries. The company also relies heavily on virtual servers to ensure that a connection is always available when needed.
24/7 live chat support in our experience is only a few minutes away. Additionally, ExpressVPN has extensive support guides, FAQs, and setup how-tos in videos.
ExpressVPN does not offer a free trial but a 30-day money-back guarantee that applies to all their packages. The monthly package starts at CAD 18.26 a month or CAD 84.02 every six months. Annual pricing starts at CAD 140.93 annually. If you want to save money, then go for the annual service option.
It is one of the oldest VPNs in existence and also one of the most established around. Since the very beginning, Canadians have been using CyberGhost, and while the service has had its low points, it is still considered amongst the best out there. Recent updates to the UI and software have made CyberGhost more user-friendly than ever before.
CyberGhost has not changed much in terms of features over the years. However, the company has improved its existing line of features tremendously, making the service stand out.
As the term suggests, smart rules allow users to define or customize aspects of the service like connecting to a VPN server as soon as Windows boots. Users can also define what applications trigger the VPN to connect when they are fired up.
The same goes for times when you are connected to an unknown WiFi network. You can also add exceptions, i.e., apps that bypass the virtual private network.
Anyone who wants to download or upload files will find this feature very useful. Not only is the P2P network fast, but truly anonymous.
CyberGhost reveals the number of users on each server and your proximity to them. The information helps you find the fastest server with the least load.
CyberGhost uses the most secure encryption algorithm for connections to and from VPN servers. The AES256-bit encryption is the best in the business. So, even if your ISP or a hacker in the rare instance intercepted your connection, it would be undecipherable.
The WireGuard protocol feature is unique to CyberGhost, at least in our top 5 lineups. However, the protocol is only available to Linux users. The protocol uses the security of OpenVPN combined with the speed offered by IKEv2 for the best experience.
The Kill Switch is a common feature, and CyberGhost’s implementation is similar to others in our lineup. The service will turn off all internet traffic when the VPN is disconnected.
However, the feature comes turned on by default, and users can’t turn it off. Our only gripe with the feature is that it isn’t available on mobile devices.
CyberGhost’s Split Tunneling feature allows users to run two simultaneous connections. Apps can use both the VPN connection via CyberGhost and direct unencrypted, i.e., regular internet.
While it isn’t a rare feature, CyberGhost is said to make it more stable and easier to use makes it worth mentioning. Furthermore, we were impressed with how well the feature worked on Android and iOS devices.
CyberGhost is compatible with Tor. However, to take advantage of the feature, you need to be connected to a VPN server that supports Tor and then launch the Tor browser.
We found that the service worked perfectly during our testing, with the only issue being that speeds were unstable. But that has probably more to do with the Tor network and less to do with CyberGhost’s servers.
We, in particular, love the WiFi protection feature as it adds another layer of privacy on mobile and desktop operating systems. The feature kicks into action as soon as you connect to an unknown WiFi network like in a café. If you find yourself working in a coffee shop or mall often like most Canadians who freelance, this is a must-have feature.
Automated HTTPS redirects are one of those unique features custom-made for Canadians, in our opinion. The feature works by automatically redirecting users to the HTTPS (secure) version of a website.
Doing this saves users from unsavory and malicious websites that could steal personal information or install ransomware. However, the feature isn’t yet available for their mobile VPN version.
The router app allows for all connections through the router to be protected. The app is compatible with a myriad of routers, and there is a step-by-step guide on the company’s website that should help most people set it up.
We found everything to work smoothly during our brief time with the app installed on our DD-WRT router. Perhaps the only drawback is that there is no way to use the internet directly without turning off the VPN app manually.
CyberGhost has around 7000 servers in 90 countries, but the number of servers increases almost every year. A couple of these servers are specialized and meant for streaming services and torrenting. Interestingly CyberGhost is one of the very few VPN with servers in China.
Live Chat can be reached 24/7 and is free to use. However, if you can’t reach someone via live chat or your issue isn’t as urgent, the support ticket system works just as well. Speaking of live chat, it is available in German, English, and French.
CyberGhost does not offer a free trial, but prices start at CAD 20.83 a month for the monthly package. The annual package is CAD 95.69 per year, which amounts to CAD 7.97 a month. However, users will save the most with the 3-year subscription, which costs CAD 131.35, for 3 years, amounting to CAD 3.65 a month.
Private Internet Access is one of the more popular VPN services because it offers lots of value for what it costs. It is packed with a myriad of features, with new ones added almost every year. There is a lot to like about it, including the ability to unblock Netflix, excellent encryption, and a decent size server network.
Private Internet Access offers a multitude of features. However, we’ll touch upon the latest features and ones that people will use the most.
PIA introduced WireGuard in late April 2010. The WireGuard feature is still new, but it combines the protection offered by OpenVPN with IKEv2 to offer the best experience. However, the most surprising is that the feature is now available on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux. The WireGuard feature worked perfectly during our testing, with slight noticeable improvements in speed.
The Encryption and privacy features can be enabled with the click of a button. Users have a couple of different VPN option types to choose from, including AES-128, 256, GCM, and CBC. It also offers data authentication methods and RSA-2048-RSA-4096 handshake methods. You can also choose your connection type as well as set remote or local ports.
The MACE feature is perhaps our favorite because it blocks access to websites and domains with malware, trackers, and ads. Privacy is further assured by PIA’s own DNS, which reduces the instance of leaks.
The Kill Switch feature works exactly as intended as those of the competition. It drops the internet connection as soon as the VPN connection drops. However, unlike some other services, it works on both Android and iOS devices.
PIA supports P2P, but not just with a few specialist servers. It is possible to torrent from just about any location in Canada, with restrictions or limitations. PIA supports port forwarding, meaning that incoming connections can be redirected by bypassing the ISP’s NAT firewall. In our experience, all of this boiled down to a much smoother downloading experience.
As of this writing, PIA has increased the number of servers to 12945, which are now in more than 75 countries worldwide.
There is live chat support available 24/7. However, that’s in addition to the ticket system and a vast database of how-tos and support literature.
PIA’s monthly plan is a solid CAD13.33 a month. The six-month plan slashes monthly prices to CAD8.02 a month. However, the annual subscription costs CAD4.46 a month.
NordVPN is one of the most affordable VPN services available today. The NordVPN Canada price plan is the same pricing scheme that the company charges users from other parts of the world.
NordVPN’s prices are average compared to other VPN services. Although this VPN service is not the most affordable, its state-of-the-art security and numerous advanced features make it worth the price.
Generally, you can save more money when you choose a longer subscription plan. NordVPN and the other VPN providers on this list have a 30-day money-back offer so if you’re not satisfied with its service after the first month, you can get a refund.
The fact that you live in Canada doesn’t mean you must use a Canadian VPN service. Security experts recommend using a VPN located in other parts of the world that don’t have intrusive privacy laws. You can use a VPN service located in any part of the world, provided the VPN provider has servers in Canada, you’ll enjoy a fast, safe connection.
All the VPN providers we’ve highlighted above are recommended for people in Canada. However, NordVPN is our top pick. NordVPN has over 5200 servers globally, and about 480 of them are spread out across three locations in Canada.
No matter where you are located in the country, you’re going to be able to find a nearby server for a fast connection. If you’re not in Canada and want to use a NordVPN server in the country, simply open the map on the NordVPN app and choose Canada.
You’ll be connected to a server in the country in just a few seconds. If you want to connect to a VPN server located in a specific part of the country, you can select the city and see what options are available.
All NordVPN servers are optimized to give you the best speed whether you’re streaming or just browsing. NordVPN also has specialty servers in Canada. These servers support P2P and Torrenting, Double IP, Onion over VPN, Dedicated IP, and more.
Looking at VPN reviews Canada has a lot of excellent VPN services available for users. NordVPN, Surfshark, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, and Private Internet Access are all among the top-rated VPN companies in the country.
The VPN market is very competitive and companies are always looking to expand their user base so they resort to a lot of marketing strategies, including paying influencers and bloggers to write or talk about them. So you can’t trust every review you find online.
One way to find out if a VPN is good is to see what other users have to say about it. Also, compare the reviews from multiple sources and see if they’re all rating the service high. If a lot of different sources rate a VPN service highly, chances are that it is good. On the other hand, if one source rates a VPN service highly and others have negative things to say about the service, then there is a chance it isn’t really good.
A lot of factors can affect a person’s experience with a VPN service. This includes the servers and VPN protocol they choose. This is why it is advisable to compare the reviews from multiple sources before you make a choice.
All the VPN providers highlighted in this article have been around for some years and have earned a reputation for providing reliable VPN service.
If you are thinking of using VPN services Canada, and you’re wondering whether it is safe. The answer is yes provided you choose a reliable VPN provider. Although VPNs are secure, if you choose a shady provider, you may jeopardize your safety and it may affect your overall browsing experience.
A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between you and a remote server. All your internet traffic is routed through this tunnel, and you get a different IP address. With an effective VPN, no one can track your online activities, not even your ISP, the government, or hackers. Another perk of using a VPN is that you can choose servers from locations across the world and access content restricted to particular geographical areas. Some VPN providers also offer additional services like malware protection, IP and DNS leak protection, and so much more.
Some VPN providers are known to share user data with third parties (like advertisers) and this goes against the whole idea of protecting your privacy by using a VPN. Also, not all VPNs can get past geo-restrictions. Their IP addresses are blacklisted by streaming companies so whenever you try to access a streaming platform, you’re blocked. Some VPNs also slow down your internet speed tremendously making it tiring to do something as simple as visiting a website or sending an email.
There are numerous premium VPN providers you can choose in Canada, including those we mentioned in the article above. For the average person, it can be a bit tricky to identify the best VPN providers Canada. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for when choosing a VPN service.
Encryption: Encryption is at the core of a good VPN service. There’s no safe VPN without proper encryption. When your data is encrypted, it can’t be accessed by other people even if your data packets are intercepted en-route. All the leading VPN companies today use 256 bit AES encryption. Apart from encryption, a top VPN provider is also likely to have numerous VPN protocols for you to choose from.
Servers: Another key criterion to keep an eye on when choosing a VPN is the presence of servers in different parts of the world. Without a wide network of servers, the VPN service may be slow – no matter how good their infrastructure is. Having multiple servers spread out across the world makes it possible for you to enjoy a fast connection no matter where you are in the world.
Some other key features to look out for in a top VPN service include a kill switch, DNS leak protection, zero logging, and no bandwidth limit or bandwidth throttling.
A. From our testing, it is evident that NordVPN is the best VPN for Canada.
A. At present, there is no law against VPN usage in Canada, which means it is 100% legal. There are even Canadian VPN companies that are established in Canada.
A. There are many Canada VPN service out there; however, we don't recommend using any Canadian VPN or any VPN established in the Five Eyes countries.
A. No. Free VPN providers are well known for reselling your information, so they are highly not recommended if you are serious about your online privacy and security.
A. Unfortunately, Hulu isn't available in Canada. However, some of its original content is syndicated across Amazon Prime, CBC Gem, and Crave. That said, you can still stream the US version of Hulu by using a VPN.
You can stream the US version of Hulu in Canada, provided that you use either ExpressVPN or NordVPN. Both VPN services do a pretty decent job of unblocking Hulu in Canada. However, with Express VPN, you might have to switch through to a couple of different servers before finding one that works well. You will also want to delete all cookies just so that Hulu does not pick up on your IP address from a previous session.
Hulu, similar to Netflix, works hard to block people from accessing the service via a VPN. IPs are blocked by the thousands each day. Fortunately, both ExpressVPN and NordVPN add more IP addresses than Hulu can block, so there is always a chance that you can stream Hulu from anywhere in Canada.
We also tried accessing Hulu using Surfshark VPN's 'no-borders mode', but for some reason, we weren't able to get through to Hulu. In our opinion, it could have something to do with the way Surfshark VPN is set up to unblock websites. We also didn't have much luck with CyberGhost, which, as it currently appears, can't unblock Hulu in Canada.
A. Sling TV is unfortunately not available in Canada. Even if you are an American who has a Sling TV subscription and happen to be visiting Canada, you won't be able to use it. However, like everything else in the world of technology, there is a workaround.
If you are a Canadian and would like to stream live TV via Slight TV, you can do so using a VPN. We tested a few different VPNs to find which one does the best job of streaming Sling TV in Canada and found that both ExpressVPN and NordVPN work perfectly. That said, it also worked with CyberGhost and other top VPN services we've tested and listed on this website.
It appears as though Sling TV does not actively block VPNs. However, the speed offered by Express VPN ensures silky-smooth streaming. We expressed no hiccups or freezes when streaming Sling TV via ExpressVPN. If you're on a 5+ Mbps connection, then hiccups shouldn't be much of an issue anyway, apart from the occasional dip in speed which is something that even the best VPNs suffer from in our experience.
Make sure to connect to a US server before firing up Sling TV.
A. It is perfectly legal to stream TV over the internet or IPTV in Canada. However, the lack of IPTV services leads many people to assume that it is illegal. The only legal issues associated with IPTV are something that service providers need to consider.
Similar to regular TV and cable, IPTV service providers need to follow the provided regulation. The regulation outlines how many people can view a particular piece of content, the cost that is to be paid by service providers, and how customers can access the service.
Unlike other forms of entertainment like cable TV, the best thing about IPTV is that there is no limitation on the number of devices. Your device needs to be internet-capable and have the IPTV app installed.
At present, there aren't as many independent IPTV service providers in Canada like they are in the US. However, Canadians can access US service providers via a VPN, which to isn't technically illegal because there isn't a legal framework that outlaws the practice in any way.
A. No, it isn't. Streaming is 100% legal in Canada unless you are streaming illegal or pirated content. Usually, downloading and streaming copyrighted movies from illegal websites and torrent sites is illegal. It is perfectly legal, on the other hand, to stream via services like CraveTV and Netflix. You only have to pay for the subscription, and with it, you get access to loads of TV shows and movies.
It is also perfectly legal to stream content via a VPN. So, you can use a VPN service to switch your region to the US or Australia, for instance, to stream the American or Australian version of Netflix's library. While Netflix actively blocks IP addresses, the attempt to circumvent its IP firewalls isn't technically illegal either.
Canadians should avoid downloading movies, TV shows, and other content from websites that aren't authorized to sell or distribute that content. Piracy is against the law, and you could be fined several hundred dollars for streaming content illegally.
If you are going to stream a show or movie from an unknown website, make sure to verify if they hold the copyright to it before paying for it or downloading it for free. That's the best way to prevent getting into trouble.
A. At present, Canada is being inundated with many new streaming services and platforms. The following streaming services are available in Canada:
Apple TV+: Apple TV Plus only features original content. There are no re-runs of hit shows or any blockbuster movies. The current lineup is pretty thin, but they add a lot of new content almost every day. However, this isn't the best option if you want to stream popular releases.
Disney+: Subscribing to Disney+ gives you access to a broad library of movies and shows produced by Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, National Geographic and Lucasfilm. In total, there are around 7500 episodes and over 500 films.
Netflix Canada: Most people are familiar with the service, so we don't need to go into it much. It's just that the Canadian library is a little thin compared to its American counterpart for some reason.
Amazon Prime Video: It is on par with rivals Netflix, with original shows like The Man in the High Castle, Jack Ryan, etc. Amazon Prime offers a couple of shows and movies that are not found anywhere else, which makes the subscription attractive to many people.
Crave: Originally, it was meant to give Bell TV subscribers a way to stream online. Today it has a pretty vast library of current and old HBO hits and shows from Showtime, with documentaries.
The popular BBC iPlayer is not available to Canadians. To have access to BBC iPlayer, you will need to use a VPN with a server location where BBC iPlayer is available.
A. Torrenting isn't illegal in Canada. You are free to share and download TV series, movies, and documentaries, or entire libraries of content that isn't protected by Canada's copyright law. However, it is crucial to understand that many countries have a clause in their law meant for copyrighted material and intellectual property; in Canada, it is the Copyright Modernization Act.
Like many other counties, Canada isn't clear about if torrenting is legal or if it isn't. It is difficult to know which content is shared or downloaded, which can get you into trouble. Evidently, there is a grey area in Canada because there isn't a torrenting law, so to speak.
We can't tell you that Canada permits P2P file-sharing technologies or has forbidden it. All we can say is that if you don't own the copyright to a particular piece of content, sharing it will be dangerous, or at least you're in the grey area. That's also one reason why we recommend using a VPN for torrenting. You can check out the best VPNs for torrenting here.
A. Over the course of several weeks, we've tested many leading VPNs in Canada to determine the fastest one. After comparing the results, we declared that NordVPN is the fastest VPN service in Canada. Thanks to a 447+ local VPN gateways network, it is the fastest one around, with a truckload of features to complement a trustworthy service.
One of the most significant perks of NordVPN is its P2P friendliness, the use of double encryption, and the fact that it can be used on multiple devices. Using the service across multiple devices does not decrease the speed nor the quality of the VPN. Plus, it is compatible with half a dozen popular platforms, including Android, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android TV, etc. They even have a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox.
NordVPN also offers excellent DNS leak protection and IP leak protection. If the service was to go down for some reason or lost internet connectivity, your IP address isn't leaked. You can check out our entire rundown of the fastest VPN for Canada here. We strongly advise that you read the whole article before deciding on a VPN service in Canada.
A. We compared the prices of over two dozen top VPN services available in Canada and found Surfshark VPN to be the cheapest in pricing. However, the service is also extremely reliable, with an excellent selection of servers spread neatly across all seven continents.
We found Surfshark VPN to be the fastest for its price bracket, and it comes with a pretty neat stack of security features and a no-logging policy.
At present, Surfshark VPN has servers in Vancouver, Montreal, and Quebec. We've tested these servers and found them to easily unblock various Canadian websites, news channels, sports channels, etc.
Furthermore, Surfshark VPN can be used across an unlimited number of devices so that you can have one subscription for all of them. You can find out more about some of the lowest-priced VPN services for Canada, including Surfshark here.
Yes, ExpressVPN is available in Canada. The company has a vast array of servers available in the country. ExpressVPN server locations in the country Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. You can get all the features of this VPN when you sign up from Canada.
We don’t recommend using a free VPN service as they’re unsafe and offer mediocre service compared to premium VPNs. If you’re worried about spending money on a VPN service that may not be worth your hard-earned cash, you can take advantage of the money-back guarantee offer from most VPNs that allows you to request a refund within a specific timeframe if you are not satisfied with the quality of the service you’re getting.
One of the questions we always get asked is, how do we compare one VPN service against the other fairly? The problem with measuring and testing VPN services is that a lot depends on the stability of our internet connection at that time and where we are testing it from. That's why we make it a point to use a single internet access point, test all services on a single computer, one at a time, and use the same battery of tests for all services.
We start with a baseline test of our internet connection and note down its speed, latency, etc. We then fire up the VPN service we are testing and connect to the nearest server. In our case, we're testing VPNs from our office in Toronto, Canada. The nearest server is in Toronto; we'll connect there and run a speed test 3 times and make a note of its average speed. What this tells us is exactly how much the VPN is throttling our internet speeds. All VPN services throttle internet speeds to some degree. However, the best ones have the least throttling making it possible to stream and browse the internet unhindered.
Once we've tested local servers, it's time to test speeds across the border on US servers, European Servers, and Asian servers. Testing speed and latency across each gives us a pretty good measurement of the service's stability and average speed.
Our team does not test every server. That's an important point we need to make because it is near impossible to test hundreds of servers literally, if not more. Granted that some servers' speeds are going to be better than others, but we have no way of knowing that. So, the tests were carried out at random.
We also test for IP leaks, DNS leaks, and torrenting speeds using a similar methodology but on the same internet connection. That's why the margin for error during our testing is low to none at best. That said, your results may vary depending on a myriad of factors, including your location and proximity to the server being tested. The nearer you are to the server, the lower its latency will be because the packets have a shorter distance to transverse, resulting in better speeds.
While NordVPN is the Best VPN for Canadians, there are other options, as you’ll see from our lineup. As a user, your goal should be to choose a service you can afford that’s easy to use and offers the features you’ll use the most. That’s why we’ve made sure to list all the best features and what we think of them so that you can make an informed decision.