Most people choose a hosting provider based on price but when you care about performance, SEO, Facebook and Google Ads, that’s a bad idea. If you’re on this page I’m guessing you’re not looking for the cheapest you’re looking for the best right?
A VERY common mistake Canadian business owners make is choosing hosting based out of the US, particularly hosting based in the more southern states when their primary target market or audience is Canada. If website speed is important to you (which it should be!) you ideally want a hosting provider located in the same country as your visitors or target market.
You’ll find our preferred hosts for Canada in the table below. Here’s a one liner summary of each one:
Cloudways - this is a new-ish provider and has multiple location options including Toronto and Montreal and several other options in northern US locations including Chicago, New York and Newark.
They are by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack - you're essentially getting dedicated server hosting without any of the complexity AND the ability to scale up quickly, cheaply and easier if your traffic demands increase.
If you want the fastest choose this one.
They also have locations globally with several options in Europe, Asia, the UK and Australia which may be useful if you're serving a global audience
**They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 credit so effectively 3 months free on their base $10/month plan
WPEngine - if one of the original Managed WP Hosts with two different options hosted in Montreal. Go with WPE if you have Woocommerce or a complex site that needs high quality backups and a staging environment. Not the cheapest BUT you’ll save money on web developers and support.
Kinsta - a premium managed WP hosting provider running on Google Cloud Platform again out of Montreal. They also have options in Iowa and Oregon which may be better if you're serving both a US and Canadian market. For some types of sites they may be a better choice than WPEngine especially if you're running a large or complex site. If you're considering WPEngine it'd be worth looking at Kinsta too.
Siteground - the fastest Cpanel host and only marginally more expensive that the rubbish $3-5/month hosts! ...their data centre is located in Chicago which will give you near identical speeds to hosting physically based in Canada (essentially because Chicago is on the Canadian border. Best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting.
WPX Hosting - WPX are an amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host with a great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too! Their North American data center is located in Chicago so again a great option for a business targeting Canadian website visitors.