Traveling To Canada? Here’s How To Get Mobile Data Under $10 CAD

Authored by Elva Fu, Product Designer for Nomad

September 1, 2021

Read Time: 5 mins

For tourism or educational purposes, Canada is one of the most visited countries in the American subcontinents. The country has several flexible laws for newcomers, which is why you will find many people having different nationalities other than the Canadians themselves. Most of these people either have US nationality or Mexican nationality.

If you, too, are planning to travel to Canada for any personal reason, you need to make sure that you have everything required to stay for the period of time. One such thing is a stable connection to the internet. For example, if you have recharged your phone from somewhere else outside Canada, you won't be able to use that data once you step inside the country without roaming.

For accessing the internet in Canada, you need to get a data package plan from Canadian mobile services only. However, having an internet pack can become quite costly, and it might incur an extra burden on your shoulders. That's why in this article, we will talk about how you can get an data package in Canada within 10 CAD.

What kind of SIM card is allowed in Canada for foreign travelers?

Usually, in Canada, you have to buy a local SIM card from a mobile telecom company, which needs to be prepaid for foreign travelers. If you don't have an international SIM card, this is the only way by which you can keep your phone active and connect with others outside the country.

There are several SIM card providers in Canada from whom you can get a local SIM card after submitting proper documents. You need to submit a copy of your passport, ID proof, immigration document, and even the police clearance document because the Canadian government is quite strict about the documentation.

An easier way would be to try the Nomad services as the app offers cellular data plans for eligible mobile phones via eSIM. Hence, you won’t have to worry about getting a SIM card for yourself in Canada.

What are the kinds of data packages available in Canada for travelers?

Just like in other countries, Canada provides numerous data packages for travelers. However, these data packages differ based on several factors like the total data amount, the type of package you are choosing, the telecom provider, and so on.

Usually, in Canada, you will find the following types of data packages:

  1. Data-only packages are the ones which will provide you internet data balance. Usually, these packages are pretty costly, starting from $15 CAD to $50 CAD.
  2. Overall unlimited packages will give you data balance and the opportunity to make unlimited calls and texts. This will provide you with the convenience to access the internet and make calls simultaneously without having to get the plans separately.
  3. Per-day data packages are the ones where you will get a subscription for a month, but the internet data balance will be offered every day, like 1GB per day or 500MB per day. You cannot spend much past that threshold without significant overage charge. Once the clock passes midnight, your data balance will be renewed once again.

How to get mobile data under 10 CAD in Canada?

To get a proper mobile data plan under 10 Canadian dollars, you need to do your research before buying a sim or choosing a telecom service provider. In this section, we will explain how you can get the best mobile data plan under 10 CAD in the country.

  1. First, you have to choose a telecom service provider whose plans are affordable and beneficial in terms of data limit. There are several local telecom providers, so it might be a little bit difficult for you to know which is the right one.
  2. Once you get the sim, check through the packages being offered by the telecom company. You can filter the packets based on the type of data pack you need during your stay in Canada. If your visa is only for a couple of days, choosing a monthly plan will be a waste of money. But if you will spend about 25 to 30 days in the country, you need to recharge the sim with the monthly package.
  3. Also, in several hotels and other accommodation places, free Wi-Fi is provided. Since your budget is only 10 CAD, it’s best to choose locations where you can access the Wi-Fi network without paying for it; this way, your mobile data will be saved, and you won't have to recharge once again during your stay in the country.
  4. While choosing the data package, check the terms and conditions related to the plan. For example, check whether you are getting unlimited talk time only for Canada or international areas.
  5. An easier way is actually going for the Nomad eSIM data plan which offers 1GB data for 7 days in Canada for just 7 USD (which is about 8.5 CAD). Nomad's data-only plan is routed through Rogers, which is one of the most established provider in Canada.


Before choosing a data package or a telecom service provider, make sure you know everything about the rules and regulations related to sim cards, phone use, and packages provided by the Canadian government.