This is a question that many new customers ask, and it is a very good question. What are the benefits of choosing a Canadian web host?
In this time of globalization, where we can purchase and deal with companies all over the world, are there many good reasons why we should opt for a Canadian hosting provider? – Yes – Yes there is.
First, if you are in Canada and own a Canadian business, I am sure that you prefer to invest money in your own economy which directly benefits the Canadian economy and indirectly benefits your own company. – That makes total business sense –
The web hosting industry has grown tremendously in Canada over the last few years, there are other more compelling reasons – and ones that clients don’t always think about or consider initially if you never had to shop before for a hosting provider.
The best reason in my opinion why Canadians should choose a Canadian hosting provider (many American companies and other worldwide clients do too) is the DMCA. The DMCA is a 1998 United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). (Wikipedia)
If you use an American web hosting service, then you are subject to the DMCA.
Authorities in the United States can raid a datacenter and seize servers which contain allegedly illegal content. The problem is that the web hosting servers have multiple sites hosted on them, the vast majority of which do not or may not have anything to do with the alleged illegal content, which means that your website could be taken along with it if hosted on the same server.
On the other hand, clients who use a Canadian website hosting service enjoy the privilege of having their privacy protected according to the Canadian Privacy Act instead. We do have a version of the DMCA in Canada: it is called the Notice and Notice Regime and it is very different than the DMCA. For more info on the Notice and Notice Regime click here.
From a business perspective, choosing a Canadian hosting company won’t affect your global Google rankings, but it will affect your local Google rankings. Google tends to assume that if your IP address comes from Canada, and your top-level domain is .ca, then you’re probably based in Canada. It assumes that your business is more relevant to someone searching from Canada and especially using google.ca than someone searching from the United States using google.com. So it can have a massive impact on your traffic, and ultimately on your business.
Canadian consumers will have a much better chance of finding your company if you are hosted with a Canadian provider.
The price you pay to host your website is always an important factor in your decision. Of course some Canadian companies choose an American hosting provider because many of them are cheaper than their Canadian counterpart.
But recently the prices for hosting in Canada has gone down because of the growth in the industry and the increasing amount of datacenters effectively bringing down the cost of hosting which providers pass on to their customers.
One other benefit is that you are billed in Canadian dollars – saving you a few dollars because there is no currency conversion needed. Also, Canadian companies who choose a Canadian web hosting provider no longer have to pay any tax on that service, as any HST paid can be claimed as a tax credit come tax time.
If you’re a Canadian individual or business looking for a web hosting provider, choosing a Canadian web hosting provider likely makes more sense today than ever. Not only will you be benefiting the Canadian economy and Canadians in general, you’ll be benefiting your own business as well.