The Best Home Security Systems in Canada

We compared price, features, contract terms, and coverage across Canada to pick our top security systems.
Best overall
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
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    Tons of equipment options
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    Easy DIY installation
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Vivint
Vivint
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    Smart home tech
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    Professional installation
Budget system
Ring
Ring Alarm
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    Low monthly monitoring fees
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    Simple DIY installation

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Customizable plans, DIY installation, and devices you can take with you if you move helped Frontpoint rise to the top of our list for home security systems in Canada. Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, Frontpoint has an alarm system that will meet your security needs.

We also like that Frontpoint carries its outstanding reputation for putting the customer first. But Frontpoint doesn’t cover all of Canada—if you live in Quebec you’ll need to look for a different security company or choose self-monitoring with Abode or Ring.



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Reviews: Best home security systems in Canada

#1 Frontpoint: Best overall

When you think about DIY home security, small, no-frills systems are often what come to mind. But Frontpoint offers everything you can get from a traditional home security company without the hassle of scheduling (and paying for) professional installation.

Like most traditional home security companies, Frontpoint comes with a higher monthly monitoring fee. But if you pay for equipment up front, you can cancel anytime without penalties.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Easy DIY installation
Pro Bullet Great customer service
Pro Bullet Cellular connection
Pro Bullet No contract required
Pro Bullet Home automation capabilities
Pro Bullet Equipment you can take if you move
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Cons
Con Bullet No availability in Quebec
Con Bullet High monitoring fees

Frontpoint pricing

All prices are displayed in USD

Frontpoint’s monthly monitoring starts around $50 a month, which is the highest starting price for any security system we’ve looked at. But you can get your equipment for nothing down if you qualify for the company’s consumer financing.

The equipment pricing and payment options take a bit of the sting out of the high monthly monitoring fee. Plus, the monitoring plan includes all the basics and extras: access to the mobile app, home automation controls, video, crash and smash protection, and geolocation services.

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CO and smoke monitoring
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Data effective 2021/5/3. Offers and availability subject to change.

*No contract with up-front equipment purchase.

Tech & equipment

With Frontpoint, you don’t have to cut any corners on your home’s security. You can put together your ideal security system from Frontpoint’s full selection of home security equipment.

Frontpoint indoor camera, hub, keypad, and mobile app

System control

  • Touchscreen control panel
  • Frontpoint smart home hub
  • Keypad

Security cameras

  • Indoor and outdoor cameras
  • Doorbell camera

Smart home equipment

  • Smart door locks
  • Smart thermostat
  • Garage door sensor

Sensors

  • Door and window sensors
  • Motion sensors
  • Glass break detectors
  • Garage door sensor
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Flood sensor
  • Smoke and heat sensor

To help offset its higher monthly cost, Frontpoint allows you to take the system with you if you move, which many companies don’t allow you to do.

All of Frontpoint’s equipment—ranging from smart thermostats to wireless outdoor security cameras with night vision—is up-to-date with recent trends and consumer demands. And Frontpoint is one of the only companies that includes carbon monoxide and smoke detector monitoring in every plan.

Most of Frontpoint’s devices are smart-home friendly and compatible with hubs like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. If you don’t already own smart home devices or a hub, Frontpoint has its own that you can add to your custom home security package.

Customer service

Frontpoint’s told us its customers typically stay with the company for around seven years—that’s more than double the average home security contract length.

Trained associates make sure you get the right system by asking plenty of questions about your habits, your apartment or house, and your lifestyle.

And when an emergency arises, monitoring center specialists are calm and prepared to help you navigate whatever situation you’re facing.

Find out all the details about Frontpoint in our full Frontpoint security review.

Our pick for Frontpoint: The Interactive Plan

There's only one plan with Frontpoint, which makes choosing monitoring easy. The Ultimate Monitoring plan offers remote control, home automation, video surveillance, and alarm monitoring. Plus, it includes full access to your system with the mobile app.

  • 24/7 professional monitoring
  • Mobile app access and control
  • Crash & Smash protection
  • Video monitoring
  • $49.99 USD/mo.

The bottom line 

Despite an expensive monitoring plan, Frontpoint’s wireless devices and DIY installation make it easy for you to move the system around—to another location in the house or to a new home altogether.

Unlike typical out-of-the-box DIY systems, Frontpoint offers full-coverage home security services and equipment. Unfortunately, you can’t get Frontpoint if you live in Quebec, but this top home security provider has you covered everywhere else in Canada.

#2 Vivint: Smart home pick

You won’t find a smarter home security alarm system than what Vivint has to offer. If you’re looking for home security that comes with the perks and convenience of home automation, Vivint can customize a system that will transform your house into a smart home.

But you can’t take advantage of Vivint’s high-end tech in Quebec, and if you don’t want to buy your equipment outright, you could be looking at a long-term contract.

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Pro Bullet Fully customizable packages
Pro Bullet Advanced smart home tech
Pro Bullet No-contract options
Pro Bullet Mobile app included in every plan
Pro Bullet Professional installation
Pro Bullet 100% cellular connection
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Cons
Con Bullet Long-term contracts
Con Bullet Steep termination fees
Con Bullet Higher overall costs
Con Bullet No availability in Quebec

Vivint pricing

All prices are displayed in USD

Vivint’s monthly monitoring starts out lower than Frontpoint and ADT, which makes its smart security systems accessible to a variety of budgets.

And, unlike most other security companies, Vivint includes its app at every monitoring level—so you don’t have to upgrade to enjoy the convenience of remote access.

Vivint’s equipment is on the higher end, but if you’re able to make the investment, it’s worth it. You get cutting-edge smart home technology and proprietary equipment that’s developed and manufactured in-house.

The entry-level equipment price for Vivint is around $600 USD, but you have options to either pay it all up front (which means no contract) or use Vivint Flex Pay to finance the equipment cost.

If you choose Flex Pay, you’re looking at a contract between 42 and 60 months.

Monitoring planSmart Security MonitoringSmart Home MonitoringSmart Home Video Monitoring
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Smart Home featuresAppApp, Smart door lock, smart thermostatApp, smart door lock, smart thermostat, doorbell camera, live video streaming
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Tech and equipment

Because there’s so much to choose from, Vivint provides a free security assessment to help you put together the right home security alarm system. Vivint technicians look for all of your home’s security vulnerabilities as well as your needs and preferences for home automation.

Selection of Vivint equipment

Here’s a rundown of some of Vivint’s smart home security equipment:

  • Smart home panel
  • Vivint Element smart thermostat
  • Vivint smart locks
  • Vivint doorbell camera
  • Vivint indoor camera

All of Vivint’s equipment works together through the app to give you full control from one central command center. And Vivint equipment also works with third-party smart home devices like Amazon Echo and Google Assistant.

Customer service

Vivint is a high-end home security company, and you get high-end customer service.

In addition to the free home security assessment, Vivint professionally installs all of your equipment and teaches you how to use it.

Vivint has won several awards for outstanding customer service and high customer satisfaction. In 2018, J.D. Power named Vivint the third-best home security company for customer satisfaction.¹

Learn more about Vivint in our full Vivint review.

Our pick for Vivint: Smart Home Video

We think that security cameras and live video streaming add a level of protection that’s unmatched by other home security equipment.

That’s why our favorite plan from Vivint includes video monitoring and remote access to security camera footage.

  • 24/7 professional monitoring
  • Mobile app
  • Monitoring for $49.99 USD/mo.
  • $99 installation charge

The bottom line 

Vivint is a luxury home security brand, so it’s going to cost you more overall. But you get more smart home features and personal support from Vivint. If you’re after home security that you don’t have to figure out on your own, the cost is worth it.

#3 Ring Alarm: Budget system

If you want simple, straightforward home security that won’t bust your budget, then Ring Alarm is worth your consideration. You can pick up a five-piece Ring Alarm Security Kit and add a full year of professional monitoring for about $300 USD.

The downside is that you must buy your Ring security equipment outright. There aren’t any options to finance—but once you pay that chunk of cash, you can get monthly monitoring for as low as $10 per month.

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Pro Bullet Cheap monthly monitoring
Pro Bullet DIY installation
Pro Bullet Ring Neighbors App
Pro Bullet Many security cameras and lights available
Pro Bullet No contracts
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Cons
Con Bullet Monitoring not available in Quebec
Con Bullet No security cameras included with starter kits
Con Bullet Up-front equipment cost

Ring Alarm pricing

All prices are displayed in USD

Ring’s pricing is hard to beat. Equipment kits range from $199 to $329, and professional monitoring is just $10 per month. Plus, you get two months free if you pay for a year of monitoring in advance.

Best of all, Ring never locks you into a contract. All of its extended services are sold on a month-to-month basis.

And if you buy an annual Ring Protect plan and decide to cancel, you’ll get a prorated refund based on how much time is left in your annual plan.

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Secure your devices

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Tech and equipment

Ring’s home security equipment is simple and stripped-down compared to more robust offerings from companies like Frontpoint and Vivint. But if all you want is the reassurance of a basic home security system, this is a great place to start.

Ring Home Security Equipment

Ring sells its equipment in different packages, based on the approximate square footage you need to cover.

  • 5-Piece Security Kit: Covers up to 1,000 square feet and includes a base station, contact sensor, keypad, motion detector, and a range extender for your home Wi-Fi network.
  • 8-Piece Security Kit: Covers up to 1,500 square feet and adds three more contact sensors and an extra motion detector on top of the equipment included in the five-piece kit.
  • 14-Piece Kit: Covers more than 2,000 square feet, and builds on the 10-piece kit for a total of eight contact sensors, two keypads, and two motion detectors.

Ring Alarm equipment also works with Ring’s vast selection of video doorbells, indoor and outdoor security cameras, and outdoor security lighting.

It’s important to note that if you want to monitor more than one camera or device through the Ring app, you need to buy the Ring Protect Plus plan. The Protect Basic plan only covers one device.

You'll also be able to upload images or video clips the Neighbors app. This is an app you can use with or without Ring equipment to tap into suspicious happenings or criminal activity in your neighborhood.

Reports are submitted by individual users (your neighbors) and law enforcement. I’ve seen alerts for everything from lost pets to car break-ins. Just be critical of the self-reported info on there and verify what you're seeing.

Learn more about Neighbors and police partnerships in our Ring FAQ.

Customer service

​Ring is a DIY home security system through-and-through, but the company provides a lot of helpful information and tutorials on its website and mobile app. The company also offers 24/7 online and phone support.

Read more about everything Ring has to offer in our full Ring Alarm review.

Our pick for Ring: 8-Piece Security Kit

Ring’s 8-piece kit can cover all the bases if you have multiple doors and windows to protect on your main floor.

The four entry sensors let you protect four entrances, and an extra motion detector gives you the option to track motion on two floors or two ends of the house.

  • DIY installation
  • Optional professional monitoring for $10/mo.
  • $339.99 CDN equipment price

The bottom line 

Ring delivers basic DIY home security at an affordable price. If you’re new to home security, have a smaller house or apartment, or want to stay on budget, Ring Alarm’s offerings can fit the bill.

Other home security options in Canada

Here’s a summary of three other Canadian home alarm companies we think are worth a look.

#4 ADT Alarm Guard: Most experienced

ADT is one of the most recognizable names in the home security industry. The company has been protecting homes for more than 140 years, which makes its professional monitoring services the most experienced you can find.

Best of all, you can use ADT’s home security monitoring services anywhere in Canada, including Quebec.

But ADT tends to cling to more traditional ways of doing business. In the security business that means high fees and long-term contracts. ADT also has a habit of charging you for every extra feature or service, including things like access to its mobile app, home automation capabilities, and two-way voice.

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Pro Bullet Nationwide coverage
Pro Bullet Experienced professional monitoring
Pro Bullet Flood, fire, and CO alarm monitoring available
Pro Bullet Smart home capabilities
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Cons
Con Bullet Expensive packages
Con Bullet Many services are add-ons
Con Bullet Long-term contracts

ADT Alarm Guard home security basics

  • Packages available starting at $33.99, $44.99, or $53.99 per month
  • $99 activation fee for all packages
  • 36-month mandatory contract
  • All packages include a digital keypad, three entry contacts, a key fob remote, pet-friendly motion detection, a siren, and a backup battery

#5 Think Protection: Runner up

Think Protection is a budget-friendly alarm company that delivers protection to every corner of the country—from Montreal to Calgary. Like Frontpoint, this company offers DIY home security along with the reassurance of professional monitoring.

Think Protection has several customer-first policies including a three-year equipment warranty and 30-day, risk-free trial. And contracts are optional, which means you won’t be tied to a long-term contract if you want to purchase equipment upfront.

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Pro Bullet Nationwide coverage
Pro Bullet Mobile app included free
Pro Bullet 30-day, risk-free trial
Pro Bullet No contracts
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Cons
Con Bullet Lower-quality equipment
Con Bullet Upgrade required for home automation

Think Protection home security basics

  • Monitoring starting at $18.99/mo.
  • 100% wireless equipment
  • Pet-friendly motion detectors
  • 3-year warranty
  • Standard package includes base unit, one door contact, one motion sensor, and a pin pad for $149.99CAD
  • Private guard response available for $4.99/mo.

Visit Think Protection for more information.

#6 Abode: Basic pick

Abode is one of our favorite systems for folks who want a simple system.

Abode recently launched its no-contract professional monitoring in Canada.2 For $20 a month, a professional will keep an eye on your system and contact the authorities even if you're not available.

With the Iota Gateway hub, Abode has combined a security camera, motion sensor, siren, and two-way communication into a single device that's also compatible with a ton of third-party smart home devices.

That streamlining means that you have fewer devices to buy and install yourself but that you can still get adequate coverage in a smaller space like an apartment.

The starter kit is basic—you get an Iota Gateway hub, a mini entry sensor, and a keyfob to arm or disarm your system—but adequate for most apartments with only a couple points of entry.

Abode's equipment prices run a little higher than the industry average, so adding a lot of equipment can get spendy. Thankfully, when given a good view of a room, the Iota will do more than a traditional motion sensor.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable, no-contract monitoring
Pro Bullet DIY installation
Pro Bullet Professional and self-monitoring options
Pro Bullet Streamlined equipment packages
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Cons
Con Bullet Pricey equipment

Abode home security basics

  • Equipment packages start at $229 ($329 for Iota kits)
  • No-contract monitoring is $20 a month
  • Optional professional monitoring

Read our Abode review to find out more.

How we picked the best security systems in Canada

Our top Canadian alarm systems were ranked in six categories—price and contract, tech and equipment, home automation, customer service, installation, and life protection. We evaluated each company based on expert and industry ratings, customer feedback, expert reviews, and our hands-on experience with the systems when possible. To learn more about how we rank and review, read our full methodology.

Things to consider in a home security system

Before you commit to a home security system, you need to make sure the system you choose meets your unique needs. Things like your geographic location, add-on features, and the type of installation or connection you need can all influence which alarm system will work best for you.

Geographic location

Because of Canada’s mammoth size and varied terrain, providers often have a difficult time servicing all territories and provinces. Be sure to check if your area is covered before contacting a company.

That said, ADT and Think Protection offer Canada-wide coverage. That means if you live in a rural area outside of Edmonton, you could get the same alarm monitoring as someone in the capital city.

Type of connection

In addition to your location, whether or not you have a Wi-Fi (broadband), cellular, or landline connection can also dictate the type of system you end up choosing.

Some companies have strictly wireless home security systems, while others are primarily hardwired with a backup cellular option. So before you sign a contract, double-check to make sure the system’s connectivity is compatible with your home.

Life protection

Whether you live in a remote Canadian territory or urban area, you could benefit from life protection services. Often times, this type of plan monitors for fire, flood, or carbon monoxide. To be sure, check with the alarm monitoring companies you're considering.

Type of installation

Alarm monitoring companies offer two types of installation: DIY or professional. When weighing your options, take into consideration how much customization you want—and how comfortable you feel installing equipment on your own.

Professional installation guarantees that your alarm system will be set up correctly. Pro installers know how to spot and defend security vulnerabilities, but that expertise usually comes with a price. Check into installation fees so you don’t get surprised after a control panel has already been wired into your home’s electrical system.

Systems that come with DIY installation leave the setup of your alarm system in your hands. You’ll get wireless equipment that comes with adhesive backing already applied. All you need to do is peel and stick. But it’s important to think carefully about where to place things like motion or glass break sensors. And stock up on some extra wall mounting strips—we’ve had sensors fall off in the middle of the night and trigger a siren.

FAQs about home security in Canada

Because Canada is so large, it's difficult for companies to cater to all provinces and territories. Some companies have less regional availability than others. 

Frontpoint and Vivint aren't available in Quebec, while Think Protection caters to the entire country. Make sure the alarm company you want operates in your area before ordering anything or signing a contract.

Life protection is an umbrella term for fire, flood, and carbon monoxide monitoring. Sometimes you get a special smoke or CO detector that integrates with your home alarm system. 

Other times, the security company provides a listening device that will alert the system if it hears your regular smoke alarm go off. Be sure to read a provider's fine print regarding coverage specifics.

Adding standalone devices like fire extinguishers, portable generators, and security cameras can help in a range of dangerous situations. 

If you live in a rural area, especially, you may have to handle emergencies on your own before first responders arrive. 

Remote control through a mobile app offers a variety of perks. Say you’re visiting family—you can make it appear as though you’re at home, even when you’re not. You can do everything from turning lights on and off and playing music to adjusting the thermostat temperature to prevent your pipes from freezing.

False alarms can be a common problem when you have a home security system. The biggest reason false alarms happen is user error—it can be problems with arming or disarming the system or placing sensors in areas that can trigger a false alarm.

Make sure everyone in your home is fully trained in how to properly arm and disarm your security system. If you have a housesitter when you’re away, give them a full orientation to the system before heading out of town.

There can be consequences for false alarms. Depending on local ordinances, you might get a fine or have emergency response services to your address revoked or limited in the event of a security alarm.

Homes with recurring false alarms are at the most risk of fines and other punitive measures. Here are the fees associated with false alarms in some of the largest Canadian cities:

  • Toronto: Police department charges $130 to the monitoring center3
  • Calgary: First false alarm is $0, fines go up to $675 depending on the number of false alarms in a 12-month period4
  • Montréal: No charge for first false alarm, up to $170 for following false alarms5
  • Edmonton: $75 for each false alarm6
  • Ottowa: $135 plus taxes7

Here’s a list of things you can do to help prevent false alarms.

  • Place motion sensors away from air vents, windows, and fireplaces.
  • If your system uses batteries, check them regularly. If you have a backup battery, make sure to keep it charged.
  • Check window and door sensors regularly to make sure that magnets are still aligned and the adhesive is firmly in place.
  • Conduct tests of your alarm system a couple of times per year—make sure you let your security company know that you’re conducting a test.

Sources

1. J.D. Power, “Smart Home Features Emerge as Key Opportunity to Drive Customer Satisfaction with Home Security Systems,” 25 October 2018. Accessed 12 February 2021.

2. Abode, “Professional Monitoring Available in Canada.” Accessed 12 February 2021.

3. Toronto Police, "Communication Services: FAQ." Accessed 5 April 2021.

4. Calgary Police Service, "False Alarm Penalty." Accessed 5 April 2021.

5. Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, "Alarms." Accessed 5 April 2021.

6. Edmonton Police Service, "Alarm Systems Bylaw #10922 Fees and Fines." Accessed 5 April 2021.

7. LiveForce Security & Network, "Register your Alarm System with the Ottawa Police for better Emergency Service." Accessed 5 April 2021.

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Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.