5 Best VPNs in Canada
Our Top Picks in 2019
Reviews and Technical Comparisons
We tested the top 20 VPNs to find the fastest and most secure VPN services out there.
Every piece of information you send over the internet, from pictures of your cat to your tax return, can potentially be intercepted.
Thankfully, there is a simple way to dramatically reduce your vulnerability to cybercrime: encrypt everything.
And that’s why you should use a VPN.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which VPN is the Best?
Everyone has essentially the same requirements when it comes to a VPN: it needs to be secure and fast. That means that whether you are Canadian, French, or Congolese, the best VPN will be largely the same.
Here at Privacy Canada, we’re committed to protecting our fellow Canadians. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on the best VPNs to use in Canada.
Our list is based on cold, hard facts.
In order to find the absolute best VPN for Canada, we looked at six factors:
- Data leakage
- Privacy and security features
- Logging policies
- Torrent and Netflix availability
- Customer support
You can find a full description of our tests here.
Best VPN Service for Canadians – The Battle of the Top 3
There are 3 great VPN providers in Canada in 2019.
These are the VPNs that offer fast, secure connections, let you use Netflix and torrents without restriction, and offer good customer support.
Let’s see how they stack up.
#1. Express VPN: Canada’s Best VPN Provider
- MOST SECURE
- 700+ LOCATIONS
When it comes to a VPN, we want total and complete privacy for our personal data and we want it fast.
Speed and Security
For both factors, there was no disagreement amongst the team when it came to placing Express VPN first. After months of testing, this service never disappointed. The 256-bit encryption was as secure as you’re going to find, and this virtual network ain’t no slouch when it comes to getting where you want to go in a hurry.
Some other VPNs provide just as good a service, but you’re out of luck unless you live in a select few locations. Express VPN covers 94 countries, so you’re going to have to wander far, FAR off the beaten path before you run into access issues. Chances are, if you are somewhere you can’t use Express VPN, there probably won’t be internet at all.
Rock-solid customer support is also a big deal when it comes to a VPN. Express VPN provided the best live chat of any service we tested. The hardest part, for us, was figuring out a believable fake problem in order to evaluate the response.
How much does it cost? The basic options are to pay either by the month, every six months, or annually. Yearly billing is cheaper, reducing your monthly average to less than $9, while going with a monthly bill runs to about $13. A 30-day money back guarantee comes with any plan you choose.
Beyond the extra security that using a VPN offers, many people choose to use a VPN to access Netflix and Kodi, and also to download torrents. Express VPN performs very well in this respect: you can use it to watch American Netflix, and P2P downloads are quick and reliable.
There are a final few tidbits which helped push Express VPN into our top spot.
One is that the dashboard offers a speed test front-and-center. Not every company is confident enough in their equipment to do that. Secondly, unlike many other similar services, this VPN absolutely does not log your activity.
In short, we have to agree with the more than 10 million people around the world using Express VPN: at the moment, it is the best VPN for Canadians.
#2. VyPr VPN: (Almost) The Best VPN App for Canada
- MOST SECURE
- 700+ LOCATIONS
That’s the situation VyPr VPN finds itself in. Though they scored lower than Express VPN, the actual differences between the two is slim indeed.
Speed and Security
The Chameleon protocol in the annual plan applies a serious level of encryption to keep your online activities safe and secure.
While VyPr VPN offers its service in 70 countries (as compared to the Express VPN total of 94), this number ain’t nothing to poke fun at. It’s still impressive global coverage.
Another interesting factoid that came to light during testing and research is that the VyPr’s entire network is self-owned. That might not seem like a big deal to the average internet use, but it is, because you don’t have to worry about a third-party that owns a fractional piece of the network snooping on your browsing.
In truth, VyPr’s customer support is just as good as Express VPN’s, with quick friendly responses that are genuinely helpful.
VyPr VPN pricing is similar to Express, and actually may come in a little cheaper depending upon whether or not you catch them running a sale, which they do frequently.
Like Express VPN, you get a 30-day refund guarantee if you decide you don’t like the service. The only reason you would do that is if you caught a puck in the head at last night’s Montreal Canadians game and aren’t thinking clearly. And if you still find yourself sitting on the fence, keep in mind there’s a free 3-day trial you can take advantage of if you want to take it for a real world test drive.
VyPr manages to avoid the filters that Netflix uses to check your location, meaning that you can easily access the American (or any other) version of the service. The same goes for Kodi.
Torrenting is also super fast, and with a VPN hiding your identity you can be assured of added security when downloading files over P2P.
Overall, VyPr VPN is (one of) the best VPNs for Canadians right now. The company seem genuinely committed to providing the highest level security available, and are open and honest about the service they provide.
You can see this, for instance, in the fact that for VyPr ‘unlimited’ means actually unlimited: there are no caps or restrictions of any sort on data flow.
In short, VyPr offer a great service which is almost as good as Express VPN. But they also have a cool logo. So there’s that.
#3. Pure VPN: The Best Value VPN Provider for Canada
- MOST SECURE
- 700+ LOCATIONS
If you are in a serious pickle when it comes to having enough money to afford either of the first two, go for Pure VPN. Rest assured that Pure VPN is still a quality choice, though without some of the premiere features of the other two recommendations.
Speed and Security
The bottom line is you’ll get everything you need for safer surfing and at a cheaper price. Pure VPN is a perfectly reputable service that no one should be ashamed to say they use.
Some VPNs, even those that cost more, don’t provide the kind of all-inclusive security suite you’ll find here. We’re talking intrusion detection and prevention, app filtering, anti-virus, anti-malware, ad-blocking, and URL filtering.
Pure VPN’s customer service is a little slower than some others we have tested, but still good enough.
Pure VPN is still not the cheapest VPN for Canadians, of course: that would be the (suspiciously) free VPN providers. What Pure VPN is, though, is the best value VPN in Canada.
The level of protection and speed offered by Pure VPN is, to our mind, the minimum required in 2019. Add to this a firm policy that prevents session logging, and the reality here is you’ll get robust online protection and security at one of the lowest prices around.
Pure VPN is also fully compatible with torrenting, Kodi, and Netflix. Though it does not offer the fastest speeds around, especially in comparison to Express VPN or VyPr, streaming and downloading is still fast enough, and reliable.
Overall, Pure VPN is fine.
If you are looking for a cheap VPN, this is the one to go for. You might not get the international coverage or blistering speeds of other providers, but you’ll get a system that will keep you safe. And that, after all, is what really matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is using VPN illegal in Canada?
Using a VPN is not illegal in Canada, on the contrary, many security experts recommend using one to maintain online anonymity. It is 100% legal to use a VPN in Canada.
Which VPNs work in Canada?
All of the VPNs we discussed above work very well in Canada. Express VPN is our recommended choice.
How to connect to a Canadian VPN?
The answer is pretty simple – to connect to a Canadian VPN just download and install any of the VPN apps listed above.
What are the benefits of using a VPN?
The benefit of using a VPN is you’re able to securely surf the web without fear of having your identity or personal details be stolen.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) may sound complicated, but the idea is pretty simple.
Here’s the short version. A VPN is a service that creates a virtual tunnel of encrypted data flowing between the user (that’s you) and the server (that’s the internet).
The bottom line is a VPN hides your information from spies, hackers, snoops, and anyone else who might want to steal and monetize your information.
Can You Use a VPN to Stream or Watch Netflix?
Yes. You can use our recommended VPNs to stream American Netflix shows or Kodi without any issue.
This is impressive, as Netflix have invested in some expensive geo-blocking tech to detect your location. All of our recommended VPNs manage to get around that.
Are VPNs Safe for Torrenting?
Yes, VPNs are safe for torrenting if you’re using one that enables high speed downloads. If your VPN service is too slow, it just won’t work.
Will VPNs Keep Log Files?
Some do, and some don’t. We would never recommend a VPN that logs your activity, and so all of the recommended VPNs above have strict no-logging policies.
Will A VPN Impact Speed?
Because every VPN is adding another level of security, this is also one more hoop for your data to jump through. This means that any VPN will slow down your connection a little.
The trick is to find one that slows you down the least: a 30% reduction in speed is considered good, and this is what our recommended VPNs achieve.
Are There Risks of Using a VPN?
Not really. If you are doing something that is illegal anyway, like:
- Using a non-government sponsored VPN in a country that requires one
- Downloading copyrighted information through a VPN, and/or torrenting
- Performing other illegal activities while under a VPN connection
Then you might get into trouble. But these things are illegal anyway, so it doesn’t matter that you are using a VPN to do them.
How Much Does a VPN Cost?
In general, you should look to pay between $3 and $8 a month. Any more than that is a little steep, and much less might indicate a poor service.
The best advice is to check if your chosen VPN offers a free trial period: many of the best do. You can then try out their service at no cost.
What About Free VPNs?
You might notice that none of our recommended VPNs above are free. There is a simple reason for this:
Why We Don’t Do Free (and Neither Should You)
One of the first things you’ll be faced with when you search for a VPN service is the proliferation of free options. You’ll be tempted, but please don’t fall for the bait.
No business can exist without income. Free VPNs don’t charge anything to use their service, but you can bet they are collecting your browsing history and selling it to third party advertisers who will then proceed to drive you crazy with ads.
And that’s not even the worst news. Every VPN has the capability to harvest your personal and financial data and sell it on the Dark Web. That’s an even bigger temptation (or maybe even a goal) for companies that make nothing providing a service.
The best advice: you get what you pay for. Don’t get a free VPN. Trust us, you’ll regret it later.
A Final Word
At the risk of boring you, let me repeat: you’re crazy if you’re not using a VPN in Canada in 2019.
Too many people in this country still access the internet through a plain, old provider. Here’s why this is a bad idea. Today’s hackers are a sophisticated lot, and penetrating your online devices is child’s play for them unless you use encryption. While the common perception might be that they tend to focus their energy at governments and corporations, that’s a dangerous assumption to make.
Personal information of ANY sort is valuable currency on the Dark Web. Anyone, anywhere, at any time, is fair game.
So whatever you do, do it safely.