We found the best VPNs for Canada by reviewing all the major paid and free VPNs against a Canada-specific testing criteria.
We expect server locations in Canada and overseas, fast speeds connecting in and out of Canada, the ability to unblock domestic and international streaming services, and excellent privacy protections.
Here’s a more detailed list of the exact categories we test for along with how much of our overall Canada rating they make up:
1. Privacy & Logging Policy: 30%
Services that have a strict no-logs policy are rewarded, along with those that collect anonymous connection data. VPNs that collect unnecessary or identifying information are heavily penalized.
2. Canada Streaming & P2P: 30%
Minimum Requirement: Access to US Netflix, CBC Gem, and P2P support.
We Recommend: Access to multiple international streaming libraries and P2P-optimized servers.
Our experts manually test every VPN to find out whether they work with geo-restricted streaming services. We also use qBittorrent to find out whether they work to share files safely.
We reward the services that work with multiple international libraries on streaming services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Hotstar, and more.
We also test every VPN to make sure it works with Canadian Netflix, CBC Gem, CTV, and DAZN from overseas.
Our torrenting tests measure for P2P-optimized servers and online protections for those interested in torrenting, which is particularly important in Canada due to its strict copyright laws.
3. Number of Canada Servers: 20%
Minimum Requirement: A selection of VPN servers in Canada.
We Recommend: A large selection of VPN servers in multiple Canadian cities.
We count how many Canadian VPN servers every VPN has. The more servers there are spread across the country, the less congestion there will be across the network.
VPN services with lots of servers in multiple Canadian cities are rewarded, along with VPNs with servers in nearby countries like the US. If a VPN does not offer multiple servers in Canada, it receives a lower rating.
4. Average Canada Speed: 20%
Minimum Requirement:Average long-distance download speeds of 40Mbps.
We Recommend: Average long-distance download speeds above 60Mbps.
We measure the average download speed of every VPN before and after connecting to servers in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
In addition to our manual tests, our automated VPN speed tests monitor the most popular VPN’s speeds constantly, so we have real-time VPN speed figures for every eight-week period.
We reward the VPNs that affect your download speeds as little as possible on both local and international connections, as they will be the best for streaming and torrenting.