Top 5 Best Home Security Systems in Canada 2022

We’ve compiled all the best security systems available in Canada so you can live worry-free

Editor's Choice
Vivint
Vivint
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starting from
$29.99
/mo
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    Top-notch equipment and detectors
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    Home automation integrations
  • X
    Pricey equipment
Most Reliable
ADT Shield
ADT
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starting from
$36.99
/mo
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    Reliable monitoring
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    Wide availability
  • X
    Pricey monitoring plans
Best Customer Service
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starting from
$49.99
/mo
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    Easy installation process
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    Excellent customer support
  • X
    Pricey monitoring plans
Best Alerts
Brinks home updated logo
Brinks Home
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$29.99
/mo
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    Multi-channel security alerts
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    Fast response times
  • X
    3-year contract required
Best Budget Picks
Ring
Ring Alarm
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starting from
$20.00
/mo
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    Affordable equipment
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    Low-priced professional monitoring
  • X
    No Google Assistant support
Mindy Woodall
Managing Editor, Home Security & Smart Home
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June 10, 2022
9 min read

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We’d all like to think we live in the safest neighbourhoods in the world. But the second your neighbour has a break-in or someone steals your kid’s bike, suddenly you could really go for some peace of mind.

Luckily, security systems really do make potential burglars think twice.1 We’ve rounded up and researched the best security systems in Canada, so you can stop standing at your front window with a hockey stick and let someone else keep an eye on things for a change.

Our top recommendation is Vivint, the smart home king, but for price-conscious folks, we suggest Ring. Read on to learn more.



Best security systems in Canada packages, prices, and details
Provider
Monitoring price
Self-monitoring option
Smart home support
Details
Vivint

$29.99–$44.99/mo.

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Yes

ADT

$27.99–$62.99/mo.

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Yes

Frontpoint

$34.99–$49.99/mo.

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Yes

Brinks home updated logo

$39.00—$49.99/mo.

Icon No  DarkNo
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Yes

Ring

$0.00–$20.00/mo.

Icon Yes  DarkYes
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Yes

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 06/10/2022 1:45 MST)

What to look for in Canadian home security

Although our top recommendations are US-based, we recommend using similar criteria when looking for a local Canadian home alarm system. That means you should look for ease of use, features that will make your life easier and your home safer, and, where possible, flexible contracts.

Home security features for Canadian homes:

  • Affordable
  • Professional monitoring option
  • Flexible contracts
  • Addresses your needs

Shopping for a home security system can get really subjective. You may feel like it’s worth it to pay beaucoup bucks for Vivint’s smart home features, for instance, while someone else may just want a basic, cheap Ring system.

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1. Vivint: Editor's choice

Vivint yard sign displayed in front of a house
4 out of 5 stars
4
Pro Bullet Top-notch equipment and detectors
Pro Bullet Home automation integrations
Starting from
$29.99
/mo

Vivint lets you turn your house into a smart home with professionally installed equipment, contract optional.

If you want a hands-off, professionally installed alarm system that can also support pretty much any home automation device you want, then Vivint fits the bill. Its smart devices and flexible payment options give you top-notch security with minimal fuss.

Vivint Smart Home equipment in a line

Source: Vivint

Vivint used to be kind of a pricey provider, but they’ve recently introduced so many flexible contract and payment options that its packages are solidly middle-of-the-pack now.

For one thing, if you want Vivint’s alarm system, but without all the smart home bells and whistles, then you can subscribe to a base monitoring plan for only $29.99 per month. You’ll just miss out on features like cloud storage for cameras and smart home devices.

And if you don’t want to sign a contract, you can just pay for all your equipment up front and you’re free and clear.

But even with its payment flexibility, you’ll still pay more for Vivint equipment than you would for a lot of other providers. Plan on spending around $600 just for your basic starter equipment package that doesn’t include some necessities like a key fob.

FYI
Info Box

You only have to pay for all your equipment up front if you don’t want to sign a contract. Otherwise, you can finance it over time and sign on a service agreement for either 42 or 60 months.

Vivint monitoring plans
Plans
Monitoring price
Mobile app control
Camera support
Details

$29.99/mo.

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

Icon No  Dark

No

$39.99/mo.

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

Icon No  Dark

No

$44.99/mo.

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Yes

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Yes

Data effective 6/10/2022. Offers subject to change.

Vivint equipment

Vivint’s equipment includes more than just your standard security detectors, like entry sensors, glass-break sensors, and a motion sensor. You also have access to a bunch of smart home devices (like smart door locks and smart outlets) that you can control from your phone.

You can unlock the door for delivery people or see that your kids got home safely from school, just with a few taps. Plus, Vivint supports third-party Z-Wave devices, too, so you can add in whatever you want, even if Vivint didn’t make it. (Just make sure to subscribe to the Smart Home plan or above if you want smart home support.)

Here’s a full list of what Vivint offers:

  • Vivint Smart Hub
  • Door/window sensor
  • Door sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Glass break detector
  • Smoke detector
  • CO detector
  • Water sensor
  • Smart locks
  • Vivint Smart Thermostat
  • Garage door controller
  • Philips Hue smartbulb
  • Vivint Car Guard
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Doorbell camera
  • Smart drive

2. ADT: Most reliable

ADT
ADT
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Pro Bullet Reliable monitoring
Pro Bullet Wide availability
Starting from
$36.99
/mo

If you want the most reliable monitoring on the market, ADT is an easy choice. ADT is the best-known name in home security, and that’s because it’s been doing this for a very long time. It covers millions of customers throughout the US and Canada, and all that notoriety isn’t for nothing—ADT has ultra-reliable monitoring and security.

ADT has three monitoring centres spread across Canada, which makes it kind of the poster child for redundancy. If one centre goes down because of a power outage or a natural disaster, there are still two others watching your system.

All ADT’s monitoring centres also have Five Diamond Certification through The Monitoring Association,2 which means their agents have to go through extra training and meet certain performance standards.

ADT control panel

Source: ADT

A lot of security providers—including some of the ones on this list—aren’t available in Quebec. But ADT is.

Plus, ADT’s plan options let you choose a landline or cellular connection depending on which works better for your area. (We almost always recommend cellular.)

If you want home automation or security camera support with cloud storage, you have to subscribe to one of ADT’s top-tier Pulse plans, which are really expensive compared to other providers.

If you’re set on ADT, then we think ADT Pulse is worth it just to get smartphone control and access to devices like smart door locks. Just be prepared to pay for it.

ADT monitoring plans
Plan
Monitoring price
Mobile app control
Camera support
Learn more

$36.99/mo.

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No

Icon No  Dark

No

$52.99/mo.

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Yes

Icon No  Dark

No

$62.99/mo.

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

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Yes

Data effective 6/10/2022. Offers subject to change.

ADT equipment

You’ll get the same equipment with an ADT security system in Canada you as you would in the US, such as the following:

  • Digital panel
  • Entryway contacts
  • Motion detector
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Flood sensor
  • Emergency button
  • Smart lock
  • Garage controller
  • Smart plug
  • Indoor cameras
  • Outdoor cameras
  • Video doorbell cameras
  • Wireless keychain remote
  • Yard signs
  • Stickers

3. Frontpoint: Best customer service

4 out of 5 stars
4
Pro Bullet Easy installation process
Pro Bullet Excellent customer support
Starting from
$49.99
/mo

Frontpoint gets high marks for customer service. Plus, it’s easy to install yourself.

We’re not the first ones to give Frontpoint some major kudos for its customer service and support.3,4 Plus, as DIY-installed security systems go, Frontpoint has a wide range of affordable equipment and detectors (including standards like glass-break sensors and a motion sensor), that’s super easy to set up—and it gives you all the home automation integrations you could ever want.

Frontpoint security equipment and yard sign

Source: Frontpoint

Frontpoint’s system is easy to set up and get going. In our own experience, we had everything up and running for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in about an hour.

You might see faster installation times from preconfigured systems like Link Interactive, but all things considered, Frontpoint was a cinch to install.

The real price you pay for those affordable equipment rates is with a more expensive monitoring plan. Frontpoint offers professional monitoring with all of its plans, and it's pretty high-priced compared to other companies' options.

Still, the equipment prices and the top-notch customer service might make the higher monitoring price worth it to you to get the best service.

Frontpoint monitoring
Plan
Monitoring price
Mobile app access
Smart home support
Details

$49.99/mo.

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

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Yes

Data effective 06/10/2022. Offers subject to change.

Frontpoint equipment

To our understanding, Canadian Frontpoint and U S Frontpoint share the same equipment. That includes the following:

  • Frontpoint hub
  • Keypad
  • Touchscreen
  • Door/window sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Glass break sensor
  • Smoke and heat sensor
  • Carbon monoxide sensor
  • Flood sensor
  • Smart door lock
  • Outdoor smart plug
  • Wireless light control
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Doorbell camera
  • Keychain remote

Frontpoint gives you some pretty huge discounts on equipment—it basically always has a deal going on for its equipment packages. (Don’t worry though, if you don’t see a package that has everything you want, you can still add on devices, like that extra door/window sensor, à la carte.)

4. Brinks Home: Best alerts

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Pro Bullet Multi-channel security alerts
Pro Bullet Fast response times
Starting from
$29.99
/mo

Brinks Home goes beyond the phone call and sends you alerts through multiple channels.

Brinks Home has pretty standard equipment, and its prices aren’t super expensive but aren’t super cheap either.

Brinks Security Equipment

Source: Brinks Home

What we like about Brinks Home is its monitoring. Brinks Home has super fast response times, and it uses a bunch of different ways to get in contact with you.

If something (or someone) sets off your security system, most security companies will try to call you. They might also try to call some other people you’ve designated as emergency contacts, but the phone is still usually how they try to reach you.

Brinks Home uses not just phone calls, but also text messages, emails, and what they call LiveAssist to try to get in contact with you if something triggers your system. The multiple channels of contact make it way easier for you to get the message.

What is LiveAssist?
Light Bulb

LiveAssist is where Brinks monitoring reps talk to you through your system’s control panel. We’ve seen this from some other providers, like Vivint, and it can really help decrease false alarms.

According to Brinks Home, other providers can take as long as five minutes to contact you after an alarm.5 But because its reps use so many channels to try to get in touch with you, Brinks Home can respond in as little as 30 seconds.5

Five minutes strikes us as a bit longer, and definitely longer than we’ve ever seen it take an alarm provider to respond. But we do think using multiple channels helps Brinks Home get in touch with its customers faster.

You’ve heard this story before: Brinks Home makes you sign a 3-year contract for service. Clearly, that’s not unusual, but more and more no-contract systems are coming onto the security market, so we’d love to see the big-name providers ditch the fine print.

Brinks monitoring plans
Plan
Monitoring price
Mobile app control
Camera support
Details

$29.99/mo.

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

Icon No  Dark

No

$39.00/mo.

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

$49.99/mo.

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

Icon Yes  Dark

Yes

Data effective 6/10/2022. Offers subject to change.

Brinks Home equipment

The equipment available for Brinks Home in Canada includes the following:

  • Beeyond Smart Hub
  • Door sensor
  • Window sensor
  • Motion detector
  • Smoke detector
  • CO detector
  • Flood sensor
  • Smart door lock
  • Garage door controller
  • Smart thermostat
  • Smart switch
  • Smartbulb
  • Smart water valve
  • Smart irrigation controller
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Video doorbell
  • Wellness camera
  • Playback DVR

You can also buy Amazon Echos and Google Homes directly from Brinks for a more complete smart home setup.

5. Ring Alarm: Best budget pick

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Pro Bullet Affordable equipment
Pro Bullet Low-priced professional monitoring
Pro monitoring from
$20.00
/mo

Ring Alarm takes affordable to a whole new level—for both equipment and professional monitoring.

Ring Alarm is one of those fancy new no-contract security systems that you can install yourself. It’s also a total steal, with super affordable equipment prices and the lowest cost for professional monitoring we’ve ever seen.

Ring has really affordable equipment. For a starter pack of security equipment, you’ll pay only $199. (Compare that to Vivint’s $599.)

You can also get professional monitoring through Ring without breaking the bank. You’ll pay only $20 per month for someone to keep an extra set eyes on your system 24/7. And if you’d rather just monitor your system yourself with your phone, then you can do that for free. (Just remember you won't be able to view past footage.)

Ring Alarm control pad and sensors staged in a group

Source: Ring

Despite its low cost, Ring Alarm still comes with Z-Wave support. That means you can add on compatible smart home devices that also work with Z-Wave.

We’re talking smart door locks, smart lights, smart outlets. You can get it all and integrate it with your Ring system.

Pro tip
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You may have already heard about Ring thanks to its famous doorbell camera. Ring offers a bunch of other camera models as well.

If you want an outdoor security camera with key features like night vision, then Ring is for you. Plus, all of Ring’s cameras work with the same Ring app you use to control Ring Alarm.

Ring Alarm monitoring plans
Plan
Monitoring price
Mobile app control
Camera support
Details

$3.00/mo.

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Yes

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Yes

$10.00/mo.

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Yes

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Yes

$20.00/mo.

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Yes

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Yes

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 6/10/2022 1:45 PM MST)

Ring Alarm equipment

As far as we’re informed, the Ring products available in Canada are the same products available in the United States. Those products include:

  • Base stations
  • Keypads
  • Entry sensors
  • Motion detector
  • Flood and freeze sensor
  • Smoke and CO listener
  • Panic button
  • Lights
  • Smartbulbs
  • Transformer
  • Bridge
  • Indoor cameras
  • Outdoor cameras
  • Video doorbells
  • Video doorbell faceplates
  • Battery pack
  • Chimes
  • Charging stations
  • Solar panels
  • Solar chargers
  • Transformer
  • Adapter

You can purchase the security sensors in an Ring Alarm Security Kit, while the cameras, accessories, and smart home items are typically separate.

Recap: Best home security systems in Canada

If you want to go to sleep at night and rest easy knowing someone’s keeping an eye on your house for you, then a home security system is your ticket to dreamland. Choose the best alarm system for you and get some decent shut-eye.

  • Vivint gives you high-end equipment with full home automation options and no installation required. (The professionals take care of that for you.) Plus, you don’t have to sign a contract if you pay for your equipment up front.
  • ADT has three different monitoring centres across Canada, so you know your system is covered no matter what happens. Just know that you’ll pay a high price for ADT’s top plans.
  • Frontpoint has excellent customer service and easy DIY installation. Plus, we love the equipment discounts (even though its monitoring is a bit pricey).
  • Brinks Home uses a ton of different channels to contact you when an alarm goes off. You can get alerts through text, email, phone calls, or even directly through your control panel.
  • Ring Alarm is shockingly affordable for a system that still gives you tons of home automation options. Just know that it won’t work with your Google Home device.

Methodology

When choosing home security systems to review, we consider the following factors:

  • Price
  • Equipment
  • Home automation
  • Cameras
  • Customer service

We’ve tested the US versions of Vivint, ADT, and Ring and read customer reviews of all the services to help form our star ratings.

Best home security systems in Canada FAQ

What’s a wellness camera?

The Brinks Home Wellness Camera is a security camera with two-way communications and activity sensors. It appears to be a way to keep an eye on relatives or other loved ones who are elderly, have disabilities, or are otherwise vulnerable.

Sources

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Mindy Woodall
Written by
Mindy Woodall
Mindy has been writing about technology for seven years. She covers all things smart home for Reviews.org, and keeps track of the latest robot gadgets. Mindy attended the University of Utah and her work has been featured on the likes of Parents.com, Digital Care, Hostfully, and more.

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