The Best VPN for Canada 2020

Using a VPN in Canada will help you avoid unwanted surveillance and data collection. You can also unblock content that isn’t currently available in Canada. Alternatively, you can connect to a Canadian VPN service to get a Canadian IP address.

Before we start, if you're new to VPNs you can get up to speed quickly with our helpful guides:

What are the best VPNs for Canada?

Check out the list below for a quick look at our recommended Canada VPNs.

  1. ExpressVPN - is a lightening fast VPN service with robust security features | 4 servers in Canada
  2. NordVPN - is a great VPN for Canada, it has fantastic security features and it's great for privacy | 459 servers in Canada
  3. CyberGhost VPN - is the best Canada VPN due it's easy to use app, great features and low price | 176 servers in Canada
  4. Surfshark - Best value for money
  5. VyprVPN - Fast VPN with their own infrastructure

5 Best VPNs for Canada: In-depth analysis

Read on for more detail about the best Canada VPN services.

All the prices below are shown in US dollars. 

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a lightening fast VPN service, great for streaming HD content that is blocked in Canada

  • Pricing

    From $6.67 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

The company has a strong privacy policy and keeps no usage logs. Better yet, the servers are all lightning fast, so you can securely use the internet in Canada without it costing you speed.

When reviewing ExpressVPN we were pleased to find that it's available on all popular devices. It installs in a snap and is really use to use. As well as intuitive design - it’s incredibly secure and includes privacy-conscious features like Domain Name System (DNS) leak protection and a kill switch, which disconnects you from the internet if your VPN stops working.

2. NordVPN

NordVPN is a fantastic VPN for Canada, it has great security features like double VPN which encrypts your data twice

  • Pricing

    From $3.49 - $11.95
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

NordVPN is a great pick for those who are more preoccupied with security than anything else. In addition to the typical security-focused features that most VPNs have, NordVPN goes the extra mile by being based in Panama, accepting Bitcoin as payment, and giving you the option to use Tor and VPN together.

Should you have any issues connecting or any problems, its friendly customer service will be quick to respond. NordVPN is definitely a service worth trying – you can always take advantage of its 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re dissatisfied with the service.

3. CyberGhost VPN

CyberGhost VPN is the best VPN for Canada due to it's fantastic features, easy to use app and low price

  • Pricing

    From $2.75 - $12.99
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Hulu

CyberghostVPN has servers in 60 countries including Canada and the US. Encryption is rock solid since it offers IKEv2 encryption and the OpenVPN protocol (or recommended protocol). This VPN keeps no logs but it does keep some aggregated bandwidth data. However, the servers won't keep logs of your connections or activities: which is great for privacy.

The service permits up to five simultaneous connections, so you can protect all your devices or share the account with family and friends. And last but not least, this VPN is great value for money!

4. Surfshark

Great new VPN for Canada

  • Pricing

    From $1.99 - $11.95
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Surfshark VPN is only a year or so old, but in that short time, it has taken the VPN market by storm with blazing fast speed performance and 500 servers in over 50 countries.


As is to be expected from today’s top VPN providers, Surfshark offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 live chat support. What is unusual is that it allows you to connect as many devices as you want to the service at the same time!

5. VyprVPN

  • Pricing

    From $2.71 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
    • MacOS
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

VyprVPN is a great VPN for Canada. VyprVPN owns and operates all of its own hardware, which takes away a lot of concerns about speeds and reliability on the network. There’s also an optional VyprDNS service, which is great news for those looking to unblock Netflix US, YouTube, and similar services on their devices.

VyprVPN also has an app for Tomato routers, which allows you to easily get all of your Apple devices covered by one VPN subscription. Encryption is strong and this VPN keeps no usage logs (but some connection logs for 30-days). We recommend this VPN for everything apart from torrenting. VyprVPN has a 30-day money back guarantee to test the service.

Why do I need a Canadian VPN service?

  • Your ISP cannot see what you get up to online.
  • Your government and CSEC won't know what you get up to online because your ISP can’t see what you get up to online and tell them.
  • Your ISP can’t report you for copyright infringement as required by law (see later) because it can’t see what you get up online.
  • You can use public WiFi safely and privately, even when CSEC is using it to spy on you on behalf of the NSA.
  • It prevents websites knowing your real IP addresses although you should also use browser add-ons to prevent other forms of website tracking.
  • You can use a VPN for Netflix to unblock a lot more Netflix content, a VPN will also enable you to unblock other streaming services like BBC iPlayer which are also blocked in Canada.

Netflix content by country

Canadians enjoy the second largest catalog of Netflix titles in the world, but it’s still over a third smaller than your American neighbours can watch. Check out our Notflix tool to find out more. 

Yes, VPNs are legal in Canada.

Without VPN technology, Canadian businesses wouldn’t be able to secure their data and traveling employees wouldn’t be able to maintain their digital privacy. VPNs are often used by enterprises for professional use as much as they are by individuals for personal use. For this reason, it is unlikely that VPNs will ever be outlawed.

That being said, it’s not uncommon for services or websites to block incoming VPN traffic. Fortunately, there are VPNs that still slide under the radar. Which is why, when selecting VPNs for top five guides, we always verify whether they access services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

Surveillance laws in Canada

Canada has recently passed a number of laws which expand its internet surveillance capabilities in a number of key ways.

Bill C-11 - Copyright Modernization Act

Bill C-11 requires ISPs and search engines to set up a notice and notice regime. This means they must retain logs of users’ activities’ and identities so that if a copyright holder notifies them of an infringement, they can identify the offender.

Bill C-11 extends and clarifies what constitutes “fair use” of copyrighted material and reduces the statuary damages liable by consumers of copyrighted material used for non-commercial purposes to between C$100 and C$5000. The Canadian government even intervened when US right holders tried to claim damages of up to $150,000 per infringement.

Bill C-51 - Anti-terrorism Act

This highly controversial law was passed in 2015 and greatly expanded the scope of CSIS‘s powers.

Along with provisions such the right to cancel banking transactions and place individuals on no-fly lists, the Anti-terrorism Act gave CSIS sweeping powers to hack or otherwise access any internet connected device.

Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act (was Bill C-30)

The Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act gives Canadian authorities wide-ranging powers to monitor and track the online activities of its citizens. Unlike the failed C-30, police do now need "reasonable grounds for suspicion" to obtain a warrant to access online data, phone records, and digital tracking, but the bar for obtaining such a warrant has been criticized as being very low.

Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.

2 Comments

55forty
on August 16, 2016
Reply
Just for clarification, CSIS is not the Canadian equivalent to the NSA; that would be the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). CSIS is closer to your MI-5 in that they investigate crimes, but do not have powers of arrest. Other similarities is that CSIS normally only operates in Canada and do carry firearms, however, recently it was reported that CSIS agents were operating in Afghanistan and while there they carried weapons for self-defense.
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Douglas Crawford replied to 55forty
on August 17, 2016
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Hi 55forty, Thanks for that clarification. Working out the jurisdictions of alphabet agencies in different counties can be confusing. I have amended the article to say "In particular CSIS , which is Canada's version of the FBI" (instead of the NSA).

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