Phone Providers in Canada



Canadian mobile network operators and their subsidiaries

The Big Three cell phone providers in Canada are Rogers, Bell and Telus. Approximately 89% of Canadians mobile phone users subscribe to one of these operators or one of their subsidiary brands. As of December 2019, there were over 33.2 million wireless subscriptions in Canada of which Rogers had 10.8 million subscribers, Bell 9.9 million and Telus 8.7 million.

Other major players include Freedom Mobile (1.7 million subscribers in big cities across Canada), SaskTel (600,000 in Saskatchewan) and Quebecor (1.3 million in Quebec and Ottawa).

The remaining 11% of subscriptions are to smaller regional operators and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that resell access to the national carriers’ networks.

Parent CompanyBrands and subsidiariesCoverage across Canada
BCE Inc.Bell Mobility, Lucky Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Bell MTSLTE: 97%, HSPA+: 98%
Rogers CommunicationsRogers Wireless, Chatr Mobile, Fido Mobile, Cityfone, Primus Wireless, SimplyConnect, Zoomer WirelessLTE: 96%, HSPA+: 98%, GSM: 97%
Telus CorporationTelus Mobility, Koodo Mobile, Public MobileLTE: 97%, HSPA+: 98%
EastlinkEastlink WirelessAtlantic Canada and Northeastern Ontario
Shaw CommunicationsFreedom MobileLTE: Toronto, Ottawa, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, HSPA+: 98%
IristelIce WirelessNorthwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
Keewaytinook OkimakanakK-Net MobileNorthern Ontario
SaskTelSaskTel MobilityLTE/ HSPA+ (Saskatchewan): 99%
SSi MicroSSi Mobile/QiniqNorthwest Territories, Nunavut
TbaytelTbaytelNorthwestern Ontario
TNW NetworksTNW WirelessNorthwestern British Columbia and Yukon
QuébecorVidéotron Mobile, Fizz MobileQuébec and Ottawa
XplornetXplore MobileRural areas in all provinces

All cell phone providers in Canada

The following is a list of all cell phone providers sorted by the network they use. Major operators have been bolded.

CompanyNetworkTypeSIM CardCoverageLocations
Bell MobilityBellOperatorLinkMapFind a Store
Lucky MobileBellMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
Virgin MobileBellMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
Bell MTSBellMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
Execulink MobilityBellMVNO MapFind a Store
PC MobileBellMVNO MapFind a Store
Rogers WirelessRogersOperatorLinkMapFind a Store
Chatr MobileRogersMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
CityfoneRogersMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
Fido MobileRogersMVNO MapFind a Store
Primus WirelessRogersMVNO MapFind a Store
SimplyConnectRogersMVNO MapFind a Store
Zoomer WirelessRogersMVNO MapFind a Store
7-Eleven Speak Out WirelessRogersMVNOLinkMapContact
good2go Mobile CanadaRogersMVNO  Find a Store
Petro-Canada MobilityRogersMVNO MapFind a Store
Telus MobilityTelusOperatorLinkMapFind a Store
Koodo MobileTelusMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
Public MobileTelusMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
DCI WirelessTelusMVNO MapContact
Freedom MobileFreedom MobileOperator MapFind a Store
Eastlink WirelessEastlinkOperator MapFind a Store
SaskTel MobilitySasktelOperator MapFind a Store
Vidéotron MobileVidéotron/RogersOperator MapFind a Store
Fizz MobileVidéotron/RogersMVNOLinkMapFind a Store
Ice WirelessIristelOperator MapFind a Store
K-Net MobileKeewaytinook OkimakanakOperator MapFind a Store
Sogetel MobilitéSogetelOperator  Find a Store
SSi Mobile/QiniqSSi MicroOperator MapFind a Store
TbayTel MobilityTbaytelOperator MapFind a Store
TNW WirelessTNW NetworksOperator MapFind a Store
Xplore MobileXplornetOperator MapFind a Store

What is an mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)?

An MVNO is provider of wireless communications services that does not own the underlying infrastructure used to provide services to it’s customers. It has contracts with a network operator such as Rogers, Bell or Telus to buy bulk network services at wholesale rates and then resells that access to customers in the service territory with their own plans, prices and customer service. In contrast, network operators own, operate and maintain the equipment, facilities and rights to the wireless spectrum required to provide cellular service to customers.

Regional providers own and operate their own transmission equipment and facilities, but rely on partnerships with the major service providers to connect their customers when they are outside their service territory.


All service providers in Canada are regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

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