Top 5 Best Home Security Systems in Canada 2019

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

    Vivint

    4.5 out of 5 overall
    Home automation integrations
    Pricey equipment
  • Most Reliable

    ADT

    4 out of 5 overall
    Reliable monitoring
    Pricey monitoring plans
  • Best Customer Service

    Frontpoint

    4 out of 5 overall
    Easy installation process
    3-year contract required
  • Best Alerts

    Brinks

    3 out of 5 overall
    Multi-channel security alerts
    3-year contract required
  • Best Budget Pick

    Ring Alarm

    3 out of 5 overall
    Affordable equipment
    No Google Assistant support

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 And if you put up an outdoor security camera or two (preferably ones with night vision), then your kids can even go back to leaving their bikes in the yard without fear.

We’ve rounded up 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.

Best security systems in Canada packages, prices, and details
ProviderMonitoring priceInstallation typeSmart home integrationsDetails
Vivint$29.99–$44.99/mo.ProfessionalYesGet a Quote
ADT$33.99–$53.99/mo.ProfessionalYesGet a Quote
Frontpoint$34.99–$49.99/mo.DIYYesGet a Quote
Brinks$29–$39/mo.DIYYesGet a Quote
Ring Alarm$5–$15/mo.DIYYesView System

Data effective 6/17/2019. Offers subject to change.

1. Vivint: Best overall

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

Source: Vivint

Pros

  • Top-notch equipment and detectors
  • Home automation integrations

Cons

  • Pricey equipment

Why we chose Vivint

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 monitoring plans, prices, and details
PlansPriceMobile app accessCamera supportLearn more
Smart Security$29.99/mo.YesNoGet a Quote
Smart Home$39.99/mo.YesNoGet a Quote
Smart Home Video$44.99/mo.YesYesGet a Quote

Data effective 6/17/2019. Offers subject to change.

Home automation support

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.

Flexible contract and payment options

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.

The downside: expensive equipment

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 $700 just for your basic starter equipment package that doesn’t include some necessities like a key fob.

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FYI
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.

Want to learn more? Check out our Vivint review.

2. ADT: Most reliable

If you want the most reliable monitoring on the market, ADT is an easy choice.

Source: ADT

Pros

  • Reliable monitoring
  • Wide availability

Cons

  • Pricey monitoring plans

Why we chose ADT

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 monitoring plans, prices, and details
PlansPriceMobile controlCamera supportLearn more
Essentials Package$33.99/mo.NoNoGet a Quote
Expanded Package$44.99/mo.NoNoGet a Quote
Premium Package$53.99/mo.YesNoGet a Quote

Data effective 6/17/2019. Offers subject to change.

Reliable monitoring

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.

Wide availability

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.)

The downside: Pricey monitoring plans

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.

Want to learn more? Check out our ADT review.

3. Frontpoint: Best customer service

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

Source: Frontpoint

Pros

  • Easy installation process
  • Excellent customer support

Cons

  • 3-year contract required

Why we chose Frontpoint

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 monitoring plans, prices, and details
PlansPriceMobile controlCamera supportLearn more
Protection Plan$34.99/mo.NoNoGet a Quote
Interactive Plan$44.99/mo.YesNoGet a Quote
Ultimate Plan$49.99/mo.YesYesGet a Quote

Data effective 6/17/2019. Offers subject to change.

Low equipment costs

Frontpoint gives you some pretty huge discounts on equipment. It has a flat $99 cost for most of its preset 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.)

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If you don’t want a whole security system but you do want some security cameras—or maybe a doorbell camera—then Frontpoint has a camera-only plan that includes cloud storage for video clips.

Easy installation

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 downside: contract required

The real price you pay for those affordable equipment rates is with a contract. Frontpoint makes you sign on for three years of service, and you’ll face some hefty cancellation fees if you try to back out early.

Still, even cheap DIY home security systems usually cost over $200 for a starter pack of equipment. The contract might be worth it to you to get the best deals on your stuff.

Want to learn more? Check out our Frontpoint review.

4. Brinks: Best alerts

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

Source: Brinks

Pros

  • Multi-channel security alerts
  • Fast response times

Cons

  • 3-year contract required

Why we chose Brinks

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

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

Brinks monitoring plans, prices, and details
PlansPriceMobile controlCamera supportLearn more
Home Complete$29/mo.YesNoGet a Quote
Home Complete with Video$39/mo.YesYesGet a Quote

Data effective 6/17/2019. Offers subject to change.

Multiple contact channels for alerts

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 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.

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What is LiveAssist?
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.

Fast response times

According to Brinks, 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 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 get in touch with its customers faster.

The downside: contract required

You’ve heard this story before: Brinks 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.

Want to learn more? Check out our Brinks review.

5. Ring Alarm: Best budget pick

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

Source: Ring

Pros

  • Affordable equipment
  • Low-priced professional monitoring

Cons

  • No Google Assistant support

Why we chose Ring Alarm

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 Alarm monitoring plans, prices, and details
PlansPriceMobile controlCamera supportLearn more
Protect Basic$5/mo.YesYesView Plan
Protect Plus$15/mo.YesYesView Plan

Data effective 6/17/2019. Offers subject to change.

Affordable equipment and monitoring

Ring has really affordable equipment. For a starter pack of security equipment, you’ll pay only $269. (Compare that to Vivint’s $699.)

You can also get professional monitoring through Ring without breaking the bank. You’ll pay only $15 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.

Home automation integrations

Despite its low cost, Ring Alarm still comes with Z-Wave support. That means you can add on any smart home device that works with Z-Wave (and that’s a whole lotta smart home devices).

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

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Pro tip
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.

The downside: no Google Assistant support

Here’s a quick little company history: Ring is owned by Amazon, and Amazon and Google don’t always play nice with each other. What that means for you is that, while Ring Alarm works with Amazon Alexa, it doesn’t work with Google Assistant.

That might change in the future, but while the Amazon vs. Google wars rage on, you might want to look at other options if Google Assistant is your best voice-controlled friend.

Want to learn more? Check out our Ring Alarm review.

Recap

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 security system is your ticket to dreamland. Choose the best alarm system for you and get some decent shut-eye.

Vivint—Best overall: 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—Most reliable: 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—Best customer service: Frontpoint has excellent customer service and easy DIY installation. Plus, we love the equipment discounts (even though you do have to sign a 3-year contract to get them).

Brinks—Best alerts: Brinks 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—Best budget pick: 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.

What type of alarm system do you use? Do you like DIY installation or would you rather the professionals install it for you? Do you have one of the systems on our list? Let us know in the comments.

Sources

  1. Canadian Living, “Home Security: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home from Intruders
  2. The Monitoring Association, “TMA Five Diamond Monitoring Centers
  3. Trustpilot, “Frontpoint
  4. Better Business Bureau, “Frontpoint Security Solutions, LLC
  5. Brinks, “Faster response with ASAPer