Customer Support: 1.866.933.9800

Sales Questions: 1.866.469.6120

Is Canada the best place to host your website or dedicated server?

In short the answer to this question is yes! Canada is one of the best places to host your website or dedicated server - if not the best, eh! There are many reasons why the future home of your dedicated server should be located in Canada, a few of the most important of them are listed below.

1) Privacy - Canada is one of the most diligent countries in the world when it comes to protecting personal information. The Canadian government has openly acknowledged and affirmed that privacy is considered a fundamental right in Canada. Further, the Government of Canada has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the creation privacy laws and policies. Recently, Bill C-30 was proposed in Canada which afforded law enforcement officials greater powers to obtain user information from telecommunication and Internet providers. The Bill was instantly met with strong public backlash and the Bill was quickly pronounced dead.

The USA Patriot Act, passed in October 2001, permits U.S. law enforcement to seek a court order that allows access to the personal records and information of any person without that person's knowledge or consent. Under the Act, U.S. officials could access information about anyone, as long as that information physically exists within the United States. For good reason, this has been a concern to many U.S. citizens and foreigners alike. Needless to say, compared to other jurisdictions, Canada has proven to be a better protector of personal information, if not the best in the world.

2) Canadian Infrastructure - Canada's internet backbones consistently maintain their top 10 global rankings in a variety of the most respected studies that analyze speed, reliability, and performance. Further, in recent years, many additional US direct backbone connections have been added resulting in dramatically improved "first byte" times to U.S. destinations. Many of our dedicated server clients who are located in the Northern US, have actually experienced noticeable improvements in performance and speed compared to hosting in Southern U.S. Data Centers located in Florida, Texas, and California.

3) The Canadian IP Eh! - If you are a Canadian company, or have a sizeable clientele located in Canada, it is important to actually have an IP address with a hosting company that is located in Canada. Having a Canadian IP address will help your clients find you on the most popular search engines such as google.ca, yahoo.ca and bing.ca. If you are a U.S. based company with a .com domain it may be worthwhile to also have a .ca website located and hosted in Canada. Many worry that this may disrupt U.S. based search results, especially with Google. This is simply not the case. If the big guys like Apple, Ebay and Amazon do it, so should you!

4) Energy and Power - One of the largest costs to maintain a data center is power; thus making Canada an ideal location for one. Canada is one of the largest energy producers in the world which results in a net surplus of oil, gas, coal, and electricity. Canada produces over 600,000 gigawatt hours of electricity which is more than enough for its domestic consumption. In fact, Canada produces more electricity than is currently being used by 1.2 Billion people in India! This is impressive given that Canada's population is only 34 million people.

Canada's extensive power grid provides a stable source of clean electricity. Further, this grid also provides power to Canada's main US customers which include New England, New York, the Midwestern States and the Pacific Northwest. Of all Canadian exports 28 percent is energy.

5) Skilled Workforce - Wherever your dedicated server resides, it is almost inevitable that at a least on one occasion you will have the need to contact your hosting provider's customer service team for information or technical advice. Canada has produced a workforce that is well educated and highly skilled. In addition, Canadians are recognized worldwide for being notoriously friendly and courteous. Canadian web hosts and dedicated server providers are known for exceptional levels of customer service compared to their foreign rivals.

So is Canada the best place to host your website or dedicated server? Without question YES, YES, ....and YES!