Internet Service Providers in Canada (ISPs) offer various different packages. This guide explains the main Canadian internet providers for residential customers, and how to avoid paying charges you don’t have to.
The first thing to know is that residential packages for internet in Canada cost more than in many other countries.
One reason for this is the sheer breadth of Canada. It costs a lot for Canadian internet providers to maintain a network that operates in separate and far apart locations, and this cost is spread to users across the country.
It has also been suggested that Canada’s biggest internet service providers are using their internet customers to recoup falling revenue from their TV offering, as more and more customers ditch traditional cable TV.
So it’s important to make sure you get the best deal.
When you’re moving into an apartment, check which internet service providers are already operating on the premises. Some apartment buildings have special deals, and some tenant agreements will have service from ISPs in Canada already included in the cost.
Don’t spend more than you have to.
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Main internet service providers in Canada
Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Shaw are among the bigger ISPs in Canada offering packages.
Availability will depend on your location. For instance, Bell and Rogers are the big internet service providers in Ontario, while Shaw and Telus are the main players competing in western provinces.
Users in many discussion forums you’ll come across recommend Novus. However, they operate in very few locations. Their service is only available in certain apartment buildings in Vancouver.
TekSavvy is one of several Canadian internet providers who largely depend on the infrastructure of its bigger competitors.
We’ve listed these six ISPs in Canada and assessed their products. Read our advice first and keep it in mind when assessing the internet service providers available at your address.