10 Best Canadian Affiliate Programs

Hello there Sea Changers. Welcome back to my series of program lists to assist those of you looking to fund your sea change with affiliate marketing. Today we are going to take a trip onto ice rink to look at my 10 best Canadian affiliate programs to step out on the ice with in 2021.

One of the advantages of affiliate marketing is that you can essentially market to anywhere in the world. However, due to influences such as local customs and regulations, there are often instances where affiliate marketers have a need to target a specific country.

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Before we start, the affiliate lists that I look at on this site are usually niche specific – covering everything from adult products to scrapbooking supplies – however as we are looking at things from a slightly different angle, I am conscious that there are a number of different areas or sub niches that would could look at.

So how have I picked my best 10? Well… I really just wanted to give you a good cross section of what is out there in terms of popular Canadian affiliate programs so I did some searching around, checked a few out and chose them by looking at:

  • What they offer
  • Commission rates
  • Payment terms
  • Cookie duration
  • Application processes
  • Affiliate/Marketing materials provided

Before we start however, let's have a look at what I mean by the term ‘Canadian' when it comes to affiliate programs…

What do we mean by Canadian affiliate programs?

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Canadian flag

As mentioned above, we are steering away from niche specific programs here by looking at sites that are domiciled in Canada covering Canadian products in general. That is not to say that there aren't Canadian companies offering affiliate programs in just about every niche you can imagine and it also doesn't mean that you cannot promote them into other countries as well. However, the programs I have chosen below can generally allow for the following advantages:

  • Lower shipping costs
  • Supplies to meet local restrictions (power supply, servicing etc.)
  • Adherence to local legalities and regulations
  • Market known items or stores specific to Canada

So, if you are looking for Canadian affiliate program options, let's check out some of the more popular ones below:

1. Best Buy Canada

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Best Buy

Our first site, Best Buy, is a massive Canadian electronics and homewares store providing access to just about anything that you could need for the home and office. Their range is massive with way too much to list here however their main categories include:

The advantage of offering access to country specific stores such as this is that influences such as mobile phone provider access, power points and video game country codes etc. can be matched specifically for those looking to purchase.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Best Buy products

This is a great program to join for those looking to cover well-known Canadian brands in any of the niches listed above with the advantage of covering some international options as well. The program is available in both English and French.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Best Buy affiliate

Commission Rate: 1%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes, Best Buy's affiliate program is managed by Impact. You will be required to apply for an account then for the Best Buy affiliate program. You will need to enter personal and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners


2. Lowe's

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Lowe's

Lowe's Canada promotes itself as meeting the needs of “Canada's home improvement DIYers and contractors alike” with a range on par with the first site above. This includes:

  • Appliances
  • Bathroom
  • Building Supplies
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Doors & Windows
  • Electrical
  • Flooring
  • Hardware
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Home Decor & Furniture
  • Kitchen
  • Lighting & Ceiling Fans
  • Outdoor
  • Paint
  • Plumbing
  • Smart Home
  • Storage Solutions
  • Tools
  • Vacuums and Floor Care

Again, these are all sold to Canadian specifications and requirements.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Lowe's products

This is another great site for those looking to get their affiliate programs up and running within the Canadian market with the ability to earn commissions across a number of specialty and generic niche options.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Lowe's affiliate

Commission Rate: Not Stated

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes, the Lowe's affiliate program is managed by CJ Affiliates. You will be required to apply for an account then for the Lowe's affiliate program. You will need to enter personal and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners


3. Indigo

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Indigo

Indigo is “Canada's biggest bookstore” making it a great option for those working within the books, educational or home office niches aimed at Canadian schools or businesses. Again there is too much within their stock range to list everything here however they do offer a range of:

  • Back To School
  • Books
  • Kids Books
  • Kids & Toys
  • Baby
  • Wellness
  • Home
  • Fashion
  • Paper
  • Electronics
  • Gifts

This list doesn't even come close to doing the site justice in regards to their offerings with enough here to base numerous affiliate sites upon aimed and Canadians and international purchasers alike. There is also the option to promote free shipping within Canada as well.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Indigo products

As above, there is definitely enough on this site to base an entire affiliate marketing site around if you are dealing with any of the categories listed above.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Indigo affiliate

Commission Rate: 2 – 7%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes, Indigo's affiliate program is managed by CJ Affiliates. You will be required to apply for an account then for the Indigo affiliate program. You will need to enter personal and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Banners, text links, datafeed


4. Skyscanner Canada

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Skyscanner

Skyscanner Canada is the Canadian version of the international Skyscanner network of travel ‘multi-booking' sites providing discounted and last minute deals to hotels, flights, activities, car rentals and cruises all over Canada. This site works for both affiliates promoting Canadian holiday destinations as well those looking to get their compatriots deals for travel out of Canada too.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Skyscanner locations

They also deal in travel and holiday packages and for affiliate marketers, access to hotel reviews and ‘must see' lists providing great content for your own travel related posts.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Skyscanner affiliate

Commission Rates: 20%

Payment Terms: Monthly.

Cookie Duration: Not stated

Application required?: Yes – personal and website information required.

Marketing material provided: Text links, widgets, banners and API.


5. ACP Rail

Canadian Affiliate Programs - ACP Rail

Our next site, ACP Rail makes the list based on the fact that it is Canadian owned rather than Canada centric. It does however offer a large range of rail passes, tours and packages for tourists in Canada as well as numerous countries worldwide including:

  • BritRail
  • Japan Rail
  • Eurail
  • Swiss Rail
  • Scandinavia Rail
  • German Rail
  • ScotRail
  • Interrail
  • Rail Australia
  • Amtrak
Canadian Affiliate Programs - ACP Rail destinations

There is probably not enough to build an affiliate marketing business around however it would be a great companion/add on to just about any travel, holiday or family adventure related site as well.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - ACP Rail affiliates

Commission Rate: Not Stated

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: 3 months

Application required?: Yes, you will need to enter personal and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links and banners

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6. Web Hosting Canada

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Web Hosting Canada

Now we take a look into the Canadian web hosting market with Web Hosting Canada. This is a one stop shop site for Canadian web domains and hosting “providing Canadian businesses with the means to succeed online”. Their services are as follows:

  • Domain Names
  • Websites
  • Email
  • Online Marketing
  • Security & SSL
Canadian Affiliate Programs - Web Hosting Canada offerings

There is definitely enough on this site to base an entire affiliate marketing site around if you are dealing with web hosting etc. especially within the Canadian market with the ability to purchase .ca domains as well. There is also a great blog here covering all aspects of web design and business IT requirements with a distinct Canadian flavour.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Web Hosting Canada affiliate

Commission Rate: up to $300 per referral (at up to 80%)

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes You will need to enter personal and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners, landing pages


7. Questrade

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Questrade home

Questrade offers Canadians “better, simple, more affordable ways to take control of your money” via a range of self managed and portfolio investment products designed to “help you confidently take charge of your finances, so you can be more financially successful and secure”.

The advantage here for affiliates working within the Canadian market is that all products are sold in line with Canadian financial laws and investment regulations.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Questrade

This site is one that you could possibly build an entire affiliate marketing business around however it would be a great companion/add on to just about any financial or investment based online business. And as a means of providing extra information for your site there is also a great blog and Canadian focused financial update section on the site as well.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Questrade affiliate

Commission Rate:

  • $70 for every referred customer
  • 7.5% of every trade commission generated
  • $10 for every affiliate referred

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not stated

Application required?: Yes, You will need to enter personal and website information as well as promotional strategies to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners


8. Square One

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Square One

Square One is a Canadian based insurance company that “committed to changing how you think of insurance”. They offer expertise in low cost insurance policies with coverage including:

  • Home Insurance
  • Tenant Insurance
  • Rental Property Insurance
  • Contents Insurance
  • Earthquake Conditions
  • Identity Theft Insurance
  • Natural Disasters Insurance
  • And more

Areas covered are on par with most international sites however as with the financial site above, policies are offered in line with Canadian regulations and insurance laws.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Square One sales blurb

This one has maybe enough to build an affiliate marketing business around however it would be a great companion/add on to just about any insurance or home related site as well.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Square One affiliate

Commission Rate:

  • $50 for each qualified tenant insurance policy
  • $100 for each qualified condo owners insurance policy
  • $175 for each qualified homeowners' insurance policy

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes, you will need to enter personal and website information to apply. To become a Square One affiliate, your website or blog must:

  • Appeal to visitors from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario; and,
  • Focus on home, finance, insurance or real estate related topics.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners, widget


9. CBD Oil Canada

Canadian Affiliate Programs - CBD Oil Canada

CBD Oil is a massive online market with vastly different legislative influences and regulations from country to country. Hence, if you are looking to get into this market with Canada, then you could have a look at CBD Oil Canada. This is a good program for those working with Canadian CBD Oil market with a good range of products including:

  • Tinctures / Drops
  • Capsules / Pills
  • Vape Pens / Juice
  • CBD Oil For Dogs
  • CBD Gummies
  • CBD Cream
  • CBD Concentrates
Canadian Affiliate Programs - CBD Oil Canada products

This is a great site for those working within the Canadian CBD Oil niche with options inline with local needs and regulations. And as a means for finding more information for your readers or posts for your site, there is a fantastic range of blog posts covering CBD happenings, trends and so on as well.

Canadian Affiliate Programs - CBD Oil Canada affiliate

Commission Rate: 10%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: 30 days

Application required?:Yes, you will need to enter personal and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners


10. Amazon

And finally, if you are looking at a large range of options then you could set yourself up within Amazon. Amazon.ca provides access to a good range of products across all markets and has a fairly good affiliate program as well. So if you wish, join the Amazon Associates program, locate the best products relevant to your site within Amazon itself and you can post links on your own site as per below:

Amazon's commission rates are not too bad and some prefer this avenue due to the sheer amount of traffic and trustworthiness that comes with a company site of this size. They do however off er the advantage of free postage across Canada and links to earn commission from purchases made overseas as well.

How to find your own affiliate programs

As stated earlier, by outlining the sites above I have really just tried to give you a good cross section of Canadian programs. That does not mean that you cannot find affiliate programs that better suit what it is that you are trying to do within this space especially as I could never even begin to cover every requirement or sub niche in the one post. Luckily for us, there is a simple way to find these programs online.

All you need to do is enter “affiliate: niche type” into your search engine (substituting ‘niche type‘ for whatever product it is that you are choosing to sell).

Canadian Affiliate Programs - Affiliate programs

There are Canadian based affiliate programs for every other niche you may be working in as well – you will just need to have a look around until you find one or two that suit your site. For example, if you were working with cars your search would be along the lines of “Affiliate: cars Canada” etc.

Once you have completed your searches, you can look through and find programs that:

  • Relate to your niche/problems that you are solving.
  • Have quality products – your brand can be severely damaged if you promote poor quality products.
  • Have solid payment and customer service arrangement.
  • Pay decent commissions.
  • Have good testimonials covering commission payouts and quality of product.

In most cases, you will need to apply for the program before you are allowed to promote their products – don’t take this step lightly or you will be rejected. Affiliate programs will generally want to know:

  • Your website name.
  • Traffic levels.
  • Why you want to join – (so I can make money by selling your Maple Syrup is unfortunately not generally a good enough answer).
  • How you plan to promote their products.

Conclusion

So… There are my 10 best Canadian affiliate programs to step out on the ice with in 2021. I hope it has been helpful for you as you commence your own Canadian based affiliate marketing business and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share. Oh, and especially comment if you have any experience with these, or any other programs as well.

Until next time

Have fun

Paul

Note: If you make a purchase from this page, there is a very good chance that I make a commission from it – these commissions do not increase your sale price. This may include sales made via Wealthy Affiliate.

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