Many Canadians are interested in selling products online, either with their own website or through an online marketplace. Drop shipping provides a low-risk option for starting an online business in Canada, because it doesn’t require you to stock inventory or deal with shipping.
Today’s supplier portals (gateways) and apps make it really easy to find and sell millions of products globally. The most difficult part is choosing the best drop shipping suppliers in Canada to deal with, and it’s a question we’re asked on a regular basis.
In the beginning, you’ll probably find it easiest to deal with large drop shipping services, portals, platforms & apps that list products from hundreds of major players. We’ve listed the best of those for you. You may need to set up a website before they’ll work with you, but some of the below options also have that covered for you. It sure beats dealing with individual merchants and tackling chores manually, such as adding products and constant inventory updates. Plus, drop shipping portals often provide information about how to get started and succeed, along with specialized tools to ensure your success.
There isn’t always a huge selection of drop shippers that are in Canada, but most suppliers that are based outside of this country will still accept Canadian sellers and you can ship to Canada from where they’re located. You can sell to customers all over the world without headaches like Customs, regulations, or shipping delays!
We’ve evaluated countless drop shipping and wholesale suppliers over the years and the ones we use are perpetually under review. The most important thing we’ve learned is which drop shipping companies not to deal with. The knowledge and insight we’ve gained from our own experience and feedback from our readers, has also allowed us to identify the best drop shipping suppliers for Canadians. These gateway companies welcome sellers in this country and do their best to understand our unique challenges.
For more information about drop shipping in Canada (and a list of Canadian-friendly companies), check out our post, Drop Shipping / Wholesale for Canadian Sellers.
Additionally, our Checklist: How to Start a Drop Shipping Ecommerce Business in Canada guides you step-by-step, as you explore this method of order fulfillment.
The best drop shipping companies for Canadians in 2022 are:
Wholesale2B – Wholesale2B has everything you need and is very easy to use. They have several plans that facilitate the sale of over 1.5 million products on eBay, Amazon, Google, apps on popular eCommerce platforms like Shopify, or through a website (your own or via a turnkey site). Wholesale2B guarantees the lowest drop ship prices. They ship to most of the World, including Canada, the US and the UK. Take them for a test drive with the free trial.
SaleHoo Canada – Thousands of verified drop shippers and wholesale suppliers, along with direct shipping manufacturers. You have the option of using their web store to start selling instantly. They also have a community for anyone who sells online and dropshippers are able to review suppliers. You’ll find the free trial reassuring as you research almost 2 million products.
AliDropship – Offers two affordable and versatile WordPress solutions. Both include over 100,000 suppliers offering free worldwide shipping to your customers, along with two combined revenue streams (product sales profit and affiliate commissions on those sales).
Concerns about shipping delays from Asia may soon be a thing of the past, as marketplaces like Alibaba open eCommerce processing centres in Canada. Now is the time to position yourself as a Canadian source of these low-priced goods. However, you may experience delivery delays until more efficient and reliable distribution is in place. Be transparent and protect your reputation by informing customers about possible delays.
You can either buy the plugin and do it yourself (standalone or integrated with WooCommerce), or pay a one-time fee to have it all set up for you.
- The plugin is the best in the business, featuring store themes, search and one-click product import, auto-updates from suppliers, auto pricing, auto order placement, and a control panel for tracking and reporting.
- AliDropship also offers three dropship store packages, featuring their WP plugin, custom design, deep niche research, product setup, payment gateways, free domain name, and more. In the marketing department, they provide integrated marketing tools, SEO, branded social media pages, social media promotion tool, and a promo video.
Their client ratings on various platforms are very impressive, in the range of 4.5-5 out of 5 on Facebook, Trustpilot and Sitejabber.
CJ Dropshipping – There has been a lot of buzz around CJ Dropshipping in the ecommerce community, largely due to their profit margins, fast international expansion and how they work diligently to reduce shipping time/costs.
They provide a number of services, including product sourcing, global warehousing, order processing and shipping. There’s a huge selection of products to choose from overall (including print-on-demand and white label products) and you can request any that aren’t there already. Their Canadian warehouse is just starting to pick up, but the domestic product selection is expected to increase soon. You can sell into any of the other countries through local warehouses to significantly reduce shipping time and cost.
Create an account through their website or use their Shopify app. CJ Dropshipping products can also be integrated with eBay, WooCommerce and other eCommerce platforms that are frequently used for online drop shipping stores.
DropCommerce – This company recently caught our eye with its growing number of Canadian dropshippers, while boasting 3-7 day, tracked shipping from high quality brands in US & Canada. Canadian representation is limited like it is on other platforms, but Canadians can still use it to reach domestic and American markets. Import products to Shopify in one click and enjoy automated fulfillment. See the actual suppliers & never wonder where your products come from. Orders are guaranteed or they’ll provide a refund. In other words, they’re making an effort to address every pain point online sellers have with drop-shipped fulfillment.
If you’re looking for print-on-demand dropshippers that work with Canadians, check out 6 Print-on-Demand (POD) Drop Shipping Suppliers for Canadian Sellers
??? Are you new to drop shipping in Canada or are you an old hand? Please share your questions or experience in the comments below. Discuss this and other online business topics in the Online Business Canada Facebook group!
Note: This list of recommended dropshipping platforms for Canadians is updated annually. It was first published in 2015.
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