10 Best Canadian Web Hosting Companies

The starting point of any successful website has little to do with the content or aesthetics, but more to do with your choice of hosting provider. Whom you choose to host your site with influences the speed of your site, the security of your site and the general performance of your site against your competitors.

Let’s face it, business is about outdoing each other and so if your site is a second slower, your potential client won’t hesitate to move to your competitor’s site. That is why you need to always outsmart your competitor.

In our bid to help your business, we took our time to carefully and extensively research several web hosting providers in Canada and in the end, we came up with a  list of the top 10 Canadian web hosting providers. We looked at these key aspects:

  • Features
  • Speed
  • Support 
  • Data server location

We hope this narrows down your options and makes it easy for you to settle on the best hosting provider for your needs.

  1. Host Papa

Pricing: CAD $1

Website: Hostpapa 

Server location: Canada

Hostpapa is by far one of the best privately owned local web hosting companies in Canada. It is a one-stop-shop for businesses looking to grow online. They have done impressively well for themselves since they first launched in 2006. Currently, they host well over 500,000 websites and have maintained an uptime average of 99.96% in the last 16 months, which is 0.02% above the current industry average.

In comparison to other local hosting companies, Hostpapa goes way above and beyond in customer service, technical support, and uptime. These are the three things that have put them high on the scale of the Canadian market.

You can reach customer support either through phone calls, live chats or by submitting tickets. Their representatives are multilingual – English, German and French. 

The best part about Hostpapa is that they assign an account manager for each of their customers. The account manager will recommend the best products to suit your needs.. you can read our hostpapa canada hosting review.

Pros

  • Free domain name
  • Free SSL
  • Free migration
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Charges in CAD

Cons

  • Average loading speed
  • Additional website set up fees
  1. Canadian Web Hosting

Price: $3.95

Website: Canadianwebhosting.com

Server location: Canada

Canadian web hosting is located right here in Canada and has its servers in Canada and data centers in Vancouver and Toronto. This hosting provider caters to both small scale businesses as well as enterprises and has a variety of plans- shared, cloud, VPS, dedicated servers, and reseller plans.

They also do offer data backup, data protection and SSL certificates in addition to several security services.

Experience is their core strength, they have been in operation for the last 20 years and have overtime streamlined their customer support. You can reach their representatives anytime through calls, email, or live chat and you will get help almost instantly. 

With multiple servers and data centers in Canada, their speeds are undoubtedly very high. From their homepage, they have a 100% uptime guarantee. Very impressive indeed!

Basic features that come with their plans include easy to use site builders, website stats, webmail, and a 60-day money-back guarantee. You will, however, need to pay for most add-ons and applications. Great thing is that they are reasonably priced.

Pros

  • 100% Uptime guarantee
  • Data centers available in Canada
  • High quality and very responsive 24/7 customer support
  • 60-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • With the variety of options, settling on a plan may be too confusing for a novice.
  1. Whc

Price: $3.89 (CAD)

Website: www.whc.ca    

Server location: Canada

Web Hosting Canada is a Canadian web hosting company based in Montreal. This local provider has been in the web hosting industry since 2003 and hosts both local and international sites. They are also experts in email marketing and SEO. 

Their hosting plans are really affordable, the lowest being CAD 3.89/month. They have several options, the most popular being their cloud hosting. Their plans come with beginner-friendly site builders with over 900 templates, high speed, unlimited disk space, data transfer, free domain name registration for the first year only and unlimited web pages.

With their data servers located both in the West and East coast, it’s no wonder their speeds are very high. A bonus for their clients!

Their bilingual (French and English) customer support have very polite and helpful representatives. They are very knowledgeable and quick to respond. You can reach them through their live chat, phone or you can submit a ticket. If your budget allows, you can purchase their server management services to have their experts monitor and maintain your server.

 Pros

  • They charge in CAD
  • 24/7 customer support that is very responsive
  • Fast loading speeds
  • Secure control panel
  • Servers available in Canada
  • 100% uptime

Cons

  • Domain name registration is only free the first year
  1. Greengeeks

Price: $2.49 (USD)

Website: www.greengeeks.com 

Server locations: Canada and Worldwide 

Greengeeks have been in operation since 2008 and have made a name for themselves for being reliable, having unlimited disk space, powerful servers and for their energy efficiency. 

They have a variety of customer support options such as email, ticket submission, live chat and phone support which is available Mon-Fri from 9 am to 12 am, EST and Sat-Sun from 9 am to 8 pm, EST. Their live chat and ticket submission are available 24/7

All their hosting plans come with a free domain name, free SSL, free CDN integration, free migration, and a fast SSD storage.

As for speed, Greengeeks guarantees you of super fast web page loading thanks to their SSDs ( Solid State Drivers).

Pros

  • Superfast loading speeds
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Secure system
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Unlimited disk space

Cons

  • Their pricing plans can be a bit confusing
  1. Siteground

Price: $3.95 (USD)

Website: www.siteground.com   

Server location: Outside Canada

Another very popular hosting provider with very powerful servers is Siteground. Just like Host papa, their customer support is commendable. They also have very secure server systems, something that makes them a popular provider locally despite not having a server located in Canada. 

Siteground comes highly recommended by WordPress, one of the biggest CMSs and supports well over 500 applications. Their users have multiple plans to choose from at very affordable costs.

Looking at their customer support, they have it all- live chat, phone calls, emails, self-help video tutorials, and ticket submissions. Their support is available 24/7 and the response is instant save for tickets which take about 10 minutes. Their customer service representatives are awesomely helpful and polite and would go the extra mile to have you sorted

Talk of Speed and Siteground have it at an average of 713ms. They not only have faster SSDs but Supercacher as well. This is a custom-built plugin that allows web pages to load at a super-fast speed.

Siteground, however, does not have data centers in Canada but a Cloudflare integration. Their data centers are available in the US, UK, NL, and SG.

Pros

  • Superfast page loading speed
  • Uptime of 99.99% in the last 16 months
  • Excellent customer support
  • Free site transfer
  • Free SSL and CDN

Cons

  • Do not have servers available in Canada
  • They have higher renewal rates
  • Their offer does not come with a free domain name
  1. A2hosting

Price: $1.98

Website: https://www.a2hosting.com/

Server location: U.S.

Based in the U.S., A2 hosting is hands down the fastest shared hosting provider in our list averaging at 336ms. With features like free SSL certificate, domain name, free site migration, very responsive customer support, and unlimited bandwidth and storage, it is no wonder it made it to our top 10.

But even with all these amazing things to say about A2, their uptime is a big let down. They could do better than 99.92%.

Also, they have put so many restrictions on their basic plan, could be a marketing trick to push clients to their higher plans but its working against them since most beginners prefer to start with the lowest plans.

Otherwise, their loading time is impressively fast, and their customer support is very responsive. Whichever option you choose to reach them through, whether live chat, phone call, email or submitting a ticket, you are sure to get instant help. 

Pros

  • Fast loading time
  • Quick 24/7 customer support
  • Free site transfer

Cons

  • Lots of limitations of their lowest plan
  • Their uptime needs to be upped

7. Cloudways

Price: $10 (USD)

Website: www.cloudways.com

Server location: U.S.

Cloudways is not your typical hosting provider, they are the lions in cloud hosting and the best part is that they are a pay-as-you-go service provider which is very ideal for small businesses with limited budgets. They have a variety of cloud hosting options, all of which you can customize.

The only biggest let down with Cloudways though is that they don’t provide emails on the domain (yourname@yoursite.com) as most hosting providers do which is a requirement for most businesses. However, you can get it as an add-on at a cost of $1 per account per month.

Features included on their default plan are a free SSL certificate, free site transfer, and a variety of automated applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento

Once you create an account with Cloudways, you can choose to get hosted on either of their top five hosting partners; Amazon (AWS), Vultr, Linode, DigitalOcean, or Google Cloud Platform. There are over 60 data centers that you can access as soon as Clouways have set you up.

It is worth mentioning that their representatives at customer support are very swift. You can reach them anytime via their Live chat, you can submit a ticket or fill an online inquiry form and they will get back to you asap. You can even request for a call through the forms. There’s also a knowledge base for you to sort out common issues.

Speed will vary depending on what partner you have chosen, applications installed, data center chosen among other factors. But the response time averages at 299ms. Uptime is 100%.

Pros:

  • Lots of plans to choose from
  • The server setup is pretty easy
  • Superfast loading time
  • 24/7 customer support

Cons

  • Do not have email hosting

8. Hostgator

Price: $2.75 (USD)

Website: www.hostgator.com 

Server location: U.S.

Another very popular hosting provider is Hostgator. It offers its clients a variety of hosting plans such as cloud hosting, shared plans, reseller plans, windows hosting, dedicated servers as well as VPS and application hosting. Their plans are lowly priced, however, you will notice that their renewal rates are noticeably high. 

Their core features that come free with all their plans include a free single domain name, popular apps like Joomla and WordPress, free SSL certificate, unlimited storage, and unmetered bandwidth. 

Compared to its competitors, Hostgator has a slower speed, something that is putting its reputation on the line. With a loading speed of 1007ms the last 16 months, that’s nearly a second to load a page filled with texts only. This means for a page with high-quality images, you are looking at over a second to load the page. You know what that means to a page’s traffic.

Great thing is that their customer support is impressively responsive ( took a lot of bad reviews to get here though) and you can get assistance by reaching them on live chat, support portal, their phone contact or email. You can also get support from their video tutorials.

Pros:

  • Uptime guarantee 
  • Good customer Support
  • Affordable
  • Free site migration

 Cons:

  • Their load time is rather poor at 1007ms
  • They charge for extra backups

9. Bluehost

Price from: $3.95 (USD)

Website: www.bluehost.com 

Server location: U.S.

Bluehost’s reputation has been between a rock and a hard place for quite some time now but they seem to be working on cleaning it up. The reason why they made it to our list of the best 10. They are now reliable and have a variety of hosting plans including shared hosting, WordPress hosting, cloud hosting, VPS and dedicated hosting. 

They have also worked immensely on their customer support and you can reach them any time either through live chat, listed telephone contacts or by submitting an email or ticket. They also have a variety of video tutorials as well as a knowledge base.

Their speeds are rather standard and vary according to their hosting plans. With their lowest plan, you might experience a second or two delays in loading pages but their highest plan has super high speeds. 

Pros:

  • Relatively fast loading speed
  • Responsive customer support
  • Lots of options to choose from

Cons:

  • Super slow customer support response
  • They have no servers locally

10. inmontion

Price: $6.39 (USD)

Website: www.inmotionhosting.com 

Server location: U.S 

If you are looking for a good hosting provider for your business, inmotion is the best option. They focus mostly on businesses and have been around for quite some time. Given their experience, it is no wonder they are considered among the best. Two things that seem to let them down though, their high introductory costs and the lack of local servers.

That aside, we loved that they have a variety of plans to offer their clients including shared hosting, VPS, reseller hosting, dedicated servers as well as WordPress hosting. So much to choose from.

We also came across so many great reviews about their excellent customer support, which is very critical for any business. Their representatives are available 24/7 on the phone, email or live chat. You can also find help from their several video tutorials.

Every user dreams of faster loading times, and inmotion has a fairly fast loading time of 855ms. It is actually faster than most providers in Canada.

As for their uptime, well, at 99.947% it is good enough although not the very best in the industry currently. 

Pros:

  • Excellent customer support
  • Fast page loading
  • Lots of plans to choose from
  • Supports a variety of applications and CMSs

Cons:

  • In case of site migration, you may experience downtime

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