The Best Home Security Systems in Canada

#1. Best Overall
TELUS SmartHome
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Pro Bullet Voted Canada's most trusted alarm service
Pro Bullet 30-day money-back guarantee
Con Bullet Long-term contracts
#2. Best Easy DIY Installation
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Pro Bullet Satisfied customers
Pro Bullet Dependable reputation
Con Bullet No availability in Quebec
#3. Best Monitoring Price
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Pro Bullet Contract not required
Pro Bullet Inexpensive professional monitoring
Con Bullet No availability in Quebec
#4. Best No-Contract Option
Think Protection
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Pro Bullet No contracts
Pro Bullet Guard response available
Con Bullet Lower-quality equipment than competition

*Starting price for professional monitoring with TELUS bundle discount(s).

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Find the right security system to protect your home. We looked at price, installation, equipment, smart home compatibility, and which companies service the most provinces in Canada.

Keep reading to learn about the best home security systems in Canada.

Here are the best security systems in Canada

How we chose

We looked both at top international home security brands and Canada-specific brands to create our rankings. We compared prices, customer service, and equipment before finalizing the top four.

Home security system brand comparison

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*Starting price for professional monitoring with TELUS bundle discount(s).

Best Overall: TELUS SmartHome Security

TELUS SmartHome Security
  • Bundle discounts
  • Excellent smart home compatibility
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Plans starting at $32.00 USD/mo. when bundled.

TELUS pros and cons

  • Pro BulletVoted Canada's most trusted alarm service
  • Pro BulletBroad equipment offerings
  • Pro BulletTransparent pricing
  • Pro BulletOnline security with every plan
  • Con BulletLong-term contracts

Why we recommend TELUS SmartHome Security

We like the comprehensive smart security integration and flexible pricing options that TELUS SmartHome Security has to offer—and it looks like most of Canada agrees! TELUS was selected Canada’s most trusted alarm service in BrandSpark’s 2022 Canadian Trust Study. 

With the recent acquisition of ADT and Vivint, TELUS SmartHome Security delivers the broadest array of security services to customers across the nation. We especially like that you get the reassurance and reputation of three well-respected companies in one.

TELUS SmartHome price and contracts

TELUS SmartHome Security has a wide number of plans that makes it easy to find one that fits almost any budget. And if you're already a TELUS customer, you'll love saving up to $20 per month with bundling and other discounts. 

Depending on the services you already subscribe to, you can get professional monitoring for as low as $32.00 per month. If you're not a TELUS customer, monthly monitoring starts at $47.00 (that's higher than simple DIY systems like Ring, but just under Frontpoint's starting price).

For those who want to monitor their home on their own, TELUS offers a self-monitoring camera-only plan for $15 per month.

But those aren't the only way to save with TELUS—believe it or not, a long-term contract can get you a lower monthly rate. TELUS's standard contract is three years, but if you opt for a five-year term instead, the company knocks $5 off your monthly bill. 

As with any contract, we encourage you to read all the terms before signing on the dotted line, but TELUS gives you 30 days to vet both the service and the contract. You can cancel in the first 30 days with no penalty, but if you wait, there is a cancellation fee. 


Photo source: TELUS

TELUS equipment

TELUS offers a wide selection of equipment, but what we love most is how customizable it is. Instead of offering pre-packaged equipment options, TELUS lets customers pick what they need.

Every plan includes the basics—a control panel, motion detector, and some entry sensors—but after that, you get to decide which cameras, smart home devices, and extra safety sensors will round out your system. All told, each plan includes about $1,400 worth of equipment, and you don't have to pay for that upfront (this is one perk of that pesky contract). 

TELUS SmartHome offers the following safety sensors and security cameras:

  • Window and Door Sensor 
  • Motion Sensor 
  • Glass Break Sensor 
  • Flood Sensor 
  • Smart Smoke Sensor 
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector 
  • Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera 
  • Slimline Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera 
  • ​​Outdoor Wi-Fi Security Camera 
Smart home compatibility

You can probably guess from the name, but TELUS SmartHome Security is no slacker when it comes to home automation. TELUS works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, plus a number of smart home brands including Ecobee, GE, Levitron, Google Nest, Schlage, Sonos, Weiser, and Yale. Plus, TELUS uses Z-Wave, so your system should be compatible with any Z-Wave device. 

TELUS smart home equipment includes:

  • Smart Light Bulb 
  • Smart Plug - Appliance 
  • Smart Plug - Lamp
  • Smart Garage Door Opener
  • Smart Thermostat 
  • Smart Lock

ASecureLife’s recommendation: TELUS SmartHome Security is a great fit for customers looking for comprehensive home security with flexible pricing. And with options for everything from self-monitoring to a choice between DIY or professional installation, TELUS is an easy match for nearly any home security preference.   

>>Learn more: Read our full TELUS SmartHome Security review.

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Best DIY installation: Frontpoint Home Security

  • Great smart home compatibility
  • Company quotes only in USD
  • No contracts required

Plans starting at $49.99 USD/mo.

Frontpoint pros and cons

  • Pro BulletExcellent industry reputation
  • Pro BulletSatisfied customers
  • Pro BulletDependable, quality equipment
  • Pro BulletHome automation compatibility
  • Con BulletNo availability in Quebec

Why we recommend Frontpoint

Frontpoint offers premium home security monitoring with the convenience of DIY installation. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, this is it. Plus, Frontpoint has a long history of reliable monitoring service and happy customers. In fact, Frontpoint boasts that 94% of its customers would recommend a Frontpoint security system to a friend—and that includes customers from both the US and Canada.

Frontpoint price and contracts

Frontpoint’s pricing starts out higher than other security systems on our list at $49.99.

One thing to keep in mind with Frontpoint’s pricing is that the company quotes prices only in USD, which means you’ll be paying a little bit more than the prices displayed when you convert it to Canadian dollars.

When it comes to contracts, Frontpoint doesn’t have one, which is becoming more common in the home security industry. If you want to opt out early, there are no cancellation fees. And the company does offer a risk-free 30-day trial. So if you give a Frontpoint home security system a try and don’t feel like it’s a fit, you have 30 days from the time you receive the system to return it for a full refund.

Frontpoint Equipment

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Frontpoint equipment

Frontpoint’s DIY home security systems are anything but basic. Frontpoint mostly uses industry-leading equipment, so you know you can count on your alarm system to work when you need it. Here are Frontpoint’s essential equipment offerings:

  • Wireless control panel and hub
  • Window and door sensors
  • Flood sensors
  • Glass-break sensors
  • Panic pendant
  • CO and smoke detectors
Smart home compatibility

We like that Frontpoint’s systems are compatible with third-party home automation devices, like Amazon Alexa. That means you can sync your system with lights and door locks to make everyday life a little easier.

ASecureLife’s recommendation: Frontpoint is the right fit if you want the convenience of DIY installation with the reassurance of professional monitoring and the perks of smart home compatibility. 

If you’re ready to scratch that DIY itch and protect your home today, get Frontpoint’s professional monitoring and DIY equipment options.

>>Learn more: Read our full Frontpoint review.

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Best monitoring price: Ring

  • DIY installation and optional professional monitoring
  • Limited smart home compatibility
  • Offers lots of camera options

Plans starting at $10.00 USD/mo.

Ring pros and cons

  • Pro BulletContract not required
  • Pro BulletInexpensive professional monitoring
  • Pro BulletMobile access with all plans
  • Pro BulletCompetitive camera options
  • Con BulletNo availability in Quebec
  • Con BulletLimited home automation support

Why we recommend Ring

There’s a lot to be said for Ring’s no-contract, inexpensive approach. Ring’s one of the kings of DIY. Its only major failing is its limited compatibility with hubs, smart speakers, and other systems.

Ring is so easy and cheap to use and such a rising star in the home security arena that we ranked it above ADT and Think Protection.

Ring price and contracts

To use Ring’s services, you have to buy a system outright. The most basic system runs about $199, which is usual for a package of its type. But our favorite package, the 10-piece one, costs $259.

Once you have your Ring package, you set it up yourself. You can then enroll in professional monitoring at just $10 each month or opt to monitor the system yourself.

Ring five-piece security system

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Ring equipment

We’ve tried Ring equipment for ourselves, and we have no major complaints. The five-piece system we tested worked as advertised. The equipment appearance is something of an acquired taste, and we’re not sure the sensors or detectors will look great in your home. But they get the job done.

The five-piece system comes with:

  • Base station
  • Keypad
  • Contact sensor
  • Motion detector
  • Range extender

If you’d like video to round out your home security system, we recommend a Ring camera. Your options include a doorbell camera, a stick-up camera, a camera with a floodlight, and a camera with a spotlight. You can even get more than one (seriously, Ring has some nice cameras).

Smart home compatibility

Ring’s compatibility is scarce. On the one hand, Amazon owns Ring, so it makes sense that the products are Alexa-controlled. On the other hand, it’s hard (and sometimes impossible) to integrate Ring devices into any setup that doesn’t revolve around Alexa.

ASecureLife’s recommendation: If you’re looking for inexpensive DIY with no contract, Ring could be for you. This system is also ideal for the Amazon Echo lover.

We recommend the 10-piece package for most homes.

Ring controversy

We suggest perusing recent US coverage of Ring before buying from the brand. Ring’s cameras are the subject of a heated discussion about how well Ring respects privacy and encrypts user data in the US.

>>Learn more: Read our full Ring review.

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Best no-contract option: Think Protection

Think Protection
  • No contracts required
  • Coverage in all of Canada
  • Customizable package options

Plans starting at $18.99 CAD/mo.

Think Protection pros and cons

  • Pro BulletNo required contracts
  • Pro BulletInexpensive monitoring
  • Pro BulletCoverage of all of Canada
  • Pro BulletOption to send guards instead of local police
  • Pro BulletMobile access with basic plans
  • Pro BulletHome automation compatibility
  • Con BulletLower-quality equipment than competition
  • Con BulletHigher up-front cost than some competitors
  • Con BulletFewer customer support hours than competitors

Why we recommend Think Protection

Long-term contracts might not be right for you, which is what makes Think Protection an appealing option. With a Think Protection alarm system, you purchase equipment up front and then pay for monitoring each month—no contract required.

Think Protection’s available in Quebec.
Think Protection price and contracts

Think Protection’s baseline monitoring is extremely inexpensive—starting around $19 CAD/month. And if you want more features, you can add them to your monitoring plan. One unique add-on feature is the option to send for Think Protection’s private guards instead of local police (which can help you avoid fees if there’s a false alarm).

But you need to buy all your equipment up front, which can be tricky if you’re on a tight budget. The good news is that Think Protection home security system components aren’t ridiculously expensive. You can get a basic starter kit for around $130 CAD, or put together a custom system with à la carte equipment options. Plus, you can upgrade your system to add home automation module (for an extra $1.99 CAD/mo.) or private guard protection (for an extra $4.99 CAD/mo.).

Best of all, you’re not tied to a contract—no matter which extras and equipment you select. That makes Think Protection a good fit for renters or anyone else who may not be at the same address for the next three years (or longer).

Think Protection equipment

This is the one Canadian home security system that is close to SimpliSafe. So if you’re looking for simple, sleek, wireless home security, Think Protection fits the bill.

Is SimpliSafe available in Canada?

SimpliSafe is one of our favorite DIY systems. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Canada yet.

Think Protection equipment packages
Data effective 01/09/2020. Offers and availability subject to change.

If none of the preselected packages fit your needs, you can customize your Think Protection home security system. Here’s a look at the company’s à la carte pricing (in CAD).

  • Keypad: $79.99 ea.
  • Pinpad: $49.99 ea.
  • Entry contact sensor: $49.99 ea.
  • Motion sensor: $49.99 ea.
  • Glass-break sensor: $99.99 ea.
  • Garage tilt sensor: $49.99 ea.
  • Video doorbell: $199.99 ea.
  • Universal wireless camera: $199.99 ea.
  • Keychain remote: $39.99 ea.

Just because Think Protection’s equipment is sleek and simple to use doesn’t mean the technology isn’t advanced. We like the outdoor security camera that features advanced night vision and lets you see clearly up to 33 feet—whether it’s twilight or midnight.

Because all the equipment is wireless, you won’t need to worry about tricky wiring or damaging the walls. That’s another reason we like Think Protection for people who rent. This simple, wireless home security system is so discreet and customizable that you can find the right equipment combo for a small flat or a multilevel home.

We also think it’s the best option on our list for people who live with roommates. You can pick up the basics to keep an eye on your room or protect common areas together without having to eat ramen for a month (or two) to pay for it. Plus, it’s a less permanent solution than other systems like Vivint, where you need a pro to come in and install everything.

Smart home compatibility

Think Protection offers a Home Automation upgrade that turns your Think Protection base unit into a Z-Wave hub. That means you can connect your system to any smart home device that uses Z-Wave. That’s good news if you already have some smart home devices you want to use with your security system.

Or you can buy smart home equipment directly from Think Protection. Plus, the free Think Protection mobile app will turn your smartphone into the control center for devices that you connect—everything from lights and smart outlets to a smart thermostat.

ASecureLife’s recommendation: Think Protection offers simple, out-of-the-box home security that’s completely customizable—whether you live in an apartment with roommates or in a larger home. We especially like that there are no contracts. You can add professional monitoring or not, giving you a lot of control over your home security budget.

If you don’t want to make a long-term home security commitment, check out Think Protection’s equipment and plans.

Canada home security systems FAQ

Is SimpliSafe available in Canada?

Unfortunately, right now SimpliSafe home security systems are available for sale only in the US. But the SimpliSafe website has a place for you to let the company know that you want to see its system available in Canada.

Do I need a municipal permit for my alarm system?

You might. Alarm permit requirements vary from city to city in Canada, depending on regulations for police response and false alarms. Because there’s no universal requirement, we recommend contacting your city for details about false alarm fines and municipal alarm permit registration.

Will my location limit my home security choices in Canada?

It can. Only two of the home security companies we recommend (Think Protection and ADT) are available in every province. Another difference location can make is the type of professional monitoring connection that’s available in your area.

Most security companies use cellular monitoring, which uses the same type of connection as a cellphone. This is the most reliable type of monitoring because there are no wires to cut and connections remain active during a power outage. That’s good news.

The bad news is that cellular connections aren’t available in all areas. Rural locations, and areas near mountains, canyons, or the ocean can get spotty (or no) cellular service.

If you live in an area like that, it makes reliable professional monitoring harder to come by. In that case, you should look for broadband or landline monitoring. But broadband monitoring relies on an active Wi-Fi network, which might be tricky in the same areas that struggle with cellular connections.

If your home gets limited cellular coverage, it’s worth it to seek out a home security option that offers alternatives like landline or broadband monitoring. Just one of the home security systems on our list, ADT, offers both broadband and landline monitoring.

How important is cloud storage?

There’s a lot of buzz about cloud storage when it comes to home security, but it’s not a primary feature of any of our best home security systems in Canada. That can seem confusing, but the simple answer is that cloud storage is most common (and most useful) in reference to security cameras.

Because not all home security systems include cameras, we don’t emphasize cloud storage in our reviews of whole-home security systems. But we do make it a priority when it comes to finding a quality home security camera. And there can be concerns about the true security and privacy of information stored in a cloud.

All the companies and equipment that we recommend that use cloud storage take extreme measures to ensure the security of information saved in the cloud. But some security companies, like our number-one pick, Vivint, prefer encrypted local storage to the cloud.

Overall, cloud storage is a secure and convenient option—particularly for video storage. But we recommend that you fully research the benefits and risks before making a decision for your family.

Other brands we considered

  • AlarmForce
  • Chubb Edwards
  • DSI Security
  • SimpliSafe (not yet available in Canada)

Choosing a home alarm system

Looking for a home security system in Canada? We think the companies above are solid options whether you’re looking for DIY home security system, a company with decades of industry experience, low prices, or convenient smart home integration.

  • TELUS SmartHome Security: Get Canada's most comprehensive (and most trusted) alarm system with TELUS.
  • Frontpoint: Go to Frontpoint for the best DIY installation.
  • Ring: Ring has incredibly low monitoring prices.
  • Think Protection: You won’t need a contract with Think Protection.

Contributing authors: Brianne Sandorf, Rebecca Edwards