The Best VPNs for Canada 2020 | Cheap & secure VPN services to use in Canada

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.

In this guide we'll show you the best VPNs to use in Canada and what you can do with it.

What are the best VPNs for Canada?

Check out the list below for a quick look at our recommended Canada VPNs. For more information on these services, keep scrolling.

  1. ExpressVPN - The best VPN for Canada. A lightening fast premium VPN service with robust security features and 4 servers located in Canada.
  2. CyberGhost VPN - A great VPN app for mobile. Cover all your devices, including Android & iOS for a low price & access 176 servers in Canada.
  3. Private Internet Access - A secure VPN pick for Canada. It's great for unblocking US content & it's easy to use. Offers 246 servers in Canada.
  4. Surfshark - The cheapest VPN for Canada on our list. From $1.94 you can unblock content from around the world & stream it in HD.
  5. VyprVPN - A VPN for Canada that balances performance and privacy. It's great for unblocking and torrenting thanks to their proprietary servers.

5 Best VPNs for Canada: In-depth analysis

Read on for more detail about the best Canada VPN services. Please note: All prices are shown in US dollars.

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for Canada. You get a lightening fast VPN service, prefect for streaming hulu and other HD content that is blocked in Canada.

  • Pricing

    From  $6.67 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

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.

CyberGhost VPN is an easy to use VPN for Canada. They offer slick iOS and Android apps that are loaded with fantastic features and great speeds at a low price.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.75 - $12.99
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

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!

PIA is one of the most secure VPNs for Canada on our list. It's A trustworthy service that has strong privacy features, a proven no logs policy and great apps for all devices.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.69 - $11.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

Private Internet Access is a US-based service that has been around for many years. It is a no logs VPN that provides a wide array of privacy features - gaining it an excellent reputation on Reddit. To ensure data privacy, this VPN has a zero logs policy, and it has proven those claims in court. In addition to strong privacy features, and excellent levels of customizability, this VPN is fantastic for unblocking US content. The VPN has a choice of US servers that can unblock HBO Go, Netflix US, NBC, ABC, and anything else you might be interested in.


With PIA you get fast connection speeds, which means you can watch shows in HD without buffering. Considering its versatility, this VPN is affordable and easy to use - and it has apps for all platforms which can be used on up to 10 devices simultaneously. And, if you want Torrent, this VPN has a killswitch to ensure you can do it safely. And this VPN is versatile because you can use it to torrent and for security on public WiFi. Finally, it has a 30-day money back guarantee so that you can test it risk free.

Surfshark is the cheapest VPN for Canada on our list. From $1.94 you can have access to a robust worldwide server network that can unblock most streaming services.

  • Pricing

    From  $1.94 - $11.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

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 1700 servers in over 63 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!

VyprVPN is a VPN for Canada that balances performance & privacy. Thanks to proprietary servers, you get great speeds and unblocking power, all wrapped up in a sleek looking app.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.50 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

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
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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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