Most sites (not just dating sites) that advertise free platforms usually mean they have a free trial. When you scroll down to the fine print, another colorful ad pops up informing you that for an extra $$$, you can increase your chances of finding the love of your life. 

While it may sound like I am bashing the whole “free” dating site debate, I am pretty for it, as I feel it gives a potential customer the chance to test the waters before committing to any payment. 

So, I have gone through each site carefully, and while there are some genuine free dating sites in Canada without payment, most of them have paid plans too. I have put together a list of the best free dating sites in Canada to help you on your journey to finding The One.

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Are There Really Free Dating Sites in Canada?

Whether you are looking for free dating sites in Canada or anywhere else in the world, it can be challenging to find a site that is 100% free. Very few dating sites are true to their advertising.

Most “free” dating sites offer a free trial with basic features such as: 

This “free” site can become frustrating as you’re limited in the features department. Having said that, a couple of sites do stay true to their word and offer you all the features you need at no extra cost.

Drawbacks of Free Dating Sites in Canada

Anything free in life is a bonus, but what are the drawbacks of using free dating sites in Canada? Let’s take a closer look: 

  1. There are ads everywhere.
  1. The sites don’t invest in the design and features of the platform.
  1. Free customer care and services are inadequate compared to the quality you receive as a paying member.
  1. No data protection is in place.
  1. The sites are overrun with fake profiles because of no I.D. verification systems in place.
  1. Features are limited.
  1. Weak matching algorithms.

Some Canadian Dating Sites in Our Review

Here is my list of the 5 best Canadian dating sites:

Canadian Friends Date

Canadian Friends Date is a free dating platform created in 2017, which is part of the Friends Date Network. The platform helps singles meet other singles in their area. 

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Free & Paid Services on Canadian Friends Date

Canadian Friends Date has no paid services. Here’s a look at some of the free services on this dating platform: 

Costs of Canadian Friends Date

Canadian Friends Date is a completely free dating platform that prides itself on the fact that there are no hidden costs, join-up fees, paid add-ons, trial plans, or coins. 

What I Like About the Site 
Critical Points about Canadian Friends Date

Lovestruck

Lovestruck is Canada’s favorite dating site for meaningful relationships and has been in the online dating biz since 2006 with members worldwide. 

lovestruck review
Free & Paid Services on Lovestruck 

Lovestruck offers free and paid memberships, which gives you access to additional features. 

Signing up for the free membership gives you access to basic features such as: 

The paid memberships give you access to all the basic features, as well as additional features like:

Costs of Lovestruck

Lovestruck offers 2 paid membership plans:

Plus, there are two features you can “buy” on a daily basis: 

What I Like About the Site 
Critical Points about Lovestruck

Canadian Chat

Canadian Chat is another great free dating platform. The site is relatively new and was created in 2019. The platform gives its members a chance to find love locally. 

canadian chat review
Free & Paid Services on Canadian Chat 

Canadian Friends Date has no paid services. Let’s take a look at some of the free services they offer: 

Costs of Canadian Chat

Canadian Chat is a 100% free dating platform that prides itself on the fact that there are no hidden costs or paid memberships. 

What I Like About the Site 
Critical Points about Canadian Chat

eHarmony

Another great dating site to try is eHarmony. The site has been around since 2000 and has developed a good reputation for being a good dating platform for singles looking for a serious relationship. Read our review: eharmony Review: Is eharmony.com a good dating site?

Free & Paid Services on eHarmony 

eHarmony offers a free basic membership and a paid membership, which gives you access to additional features. Related read: 

Registering for the free membership gives you access to basic features such as: 

eHarmony’s Premium Plan (paid) membership provides access to:

Costs of eHarmony

The eHarmony Basic Plan is free but limited (read also: eHarmony Cost: Pricing Options). The eHarmony Plan has 3 types based on the length of the membership (the features are all the same):

What I Like About the Site 
Critical Points about eHarmony

PlentyofFish

PlentyofFish was created in 2003 and is a popular dating site with over 90 million registered members worldwide.

plenty of fish review
Free & Paid Services on PlentyofFish 

PlentyofFish has a free membership and the option to upgrade to a paid membership for additional features. 

Signing up for the free membership gives you access to basic features such as: 

Upgrading to a paid membership gives you access to additional features such as: 

Costs of PlentyofFish

Signing up to PlentyofFish is not too expensive and costs around:

The site also offers the option to purchase tokens, which you can use to send gifts to other members:

What I Like About the Site 
Critical Points about PlentyofFish

Is Facebook Dating a Good Alternative to Free Dating Sites in Canada?

Facebook has many draw cards and setbacks. But there is one thing the social media giant has that other sites don’t, and that is a massive number of members. In Canada, the number of Facebook users amounts to 29.44 million, which is predicted to increase to 35 million by 2027.

Regarding setting up a dating profile, Facebook Dating has an advantage as your profile is already loaded. All you need to do is activate the dating site (it’s an app within the general Facebook app on your phone), and you can tailor your profile too. 

Let’s weigh up a few pros and cons of the Facebook Dating site:

Pros of Facebook Dating

Cons of Facebook Dating

I think Facebook Dating is a good alternative if you are looking for casual relationships and if there are people on Facebook Dating in your area.

Final Thoughts

If I picked up on anything while reviewing these sites, it’s this: many of the advertised “free sites” aren’t always as free as we hoped. There always seems to be that “but wait, there’s more element” (or catch).

I think it’s wise to try out the free option and get a feel for the site. Besides, almost all of the sites allow you to send limited messages. That way, you will quickly pick up if there’s a real person on the other side or a bot. 

Sometimes the free version is good enough, and it’s not worth signing up for a paid membership. Maybe you enjoy the free site, but if you want a little extra, it’s simple to upgrade to a paid membership. 

When you sign up for a free membership, there’s not much to lose (as far as money goes).

Krystyna Trushyna
Krystyna is a blogger, coach and iDate speaker. She has been working in online romance and International dating industry since 2012 and is passionate about identifying the romance scam and giving dating tips and hacks. Join Krystyna for the dating service reviews and for finding ways to succeed with dating.
Krystyna focuses on International dating, which involves teaching men communication skills in a cross-cultural environment. She has been featured in many major publications including Space Coast Daily & SWAGGER Magazine.
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