Completing online paid surveys is one of many ways to earn passive income from the comfort of your home.
Given that the majority of people carry a smartphone or tablet around with them all day and are often online doing “stuff,” it makes sense to monetize the time you spend surfing the web. Paid survey sites provide a means to achieve this goal.
The paid survey sites I have listed below are ones that my wife and/or I have tried out to generate side income. In other words, they are legitimate sites and are available to residents of Canada.
How Do I Sign Up For Legitimate Surveys?
There are many scam surveys sites that collect your personal information, make you take surveys, and never pay you a cent… this is one reason for writing this article. The surveys I have listed here will pay you when you complete surveys and other tasks.
There are some smart ways to tell which survey companies are legit and which are not. You should avoid survey sites that:
- Offer to make you rich. No survey will pay you enough to make you retire – far from it!
- Ask you to pay to register. Legit opinion sites are always free to join.
- Ask you to provide intimate information like your SIN or credit card information.
- Have a minimum payout threshold that is unreasonable. If you can’t earn the minimum amount easily, how can you ever cash out your rewards?
How Much Can I Earn From Taking Online Surveys?
Each survey you take will likely pay you anywhere from 50 cents to $10 on average for 10-30 minutes of your time. You won’t qualify for all surveys and some survey sites will only send surveys occasionally.
Most surveys will also pay you for doing other tasks including signing up, referring friends, browsing, playing games, reading emails, trying out products, shopping, sweepstakes, and more.
A strategy to ensure you can earn some decent amount from online surveys is to sign up for several legitimate surveys, try them out, and then trim them down to 5 or so that work for you.
“How Much Money Can You Earn?” Anywhere from a few bucks to as much as $500 per month, depending on how many survey sites you join and how many surveys you qualify for per month.
That being said, don’t quit your day job. Survey sites are only for making side income.
How Do I Get Paid By Survey Sites?
Many of the survey sites available to Canadians will reward you with points that can then be redeemed as cash (via Paypal, Cheque, or Direct Deposit), or for gift cards of popular retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, etc.
Check what the minimum payout threshold is when deciding on whether a survey panel is worth your time.
Best Paid Survey Sites in Canada
Here are the 15 best paid survey sites available in Canada:
1. Survey Junkie Canada (Multiple Offers)
Survey Junkie is one of the highest paying survey sites around with over 8 million members. You earn rewards by taking surveys, referring friends, and completing other simple tasks.
You can redeem your points for cash (PayPal or direct bank transfer) or for gift cards. The minimum payout is $10.
2. Swagbucks ($5 bonus)
Swagbucks is one of the most popular “Get Paid To” sites available to Canadians. With Swagbucks.com, you get paid to do simple tasks including completing surveys, shopping online, watching videos, playing games, browsing, referring friends, and more.
To date, they have paid well over $575 million in rewards to their members. Rewards can be redeemed for cash or gift cards, and the minimum payout is $5.
Join Swagbucks here and get a $5 welcome bonus.
3. Daily Rewards Canada ($5 bonus)
Daily Rewards is a “Get Paid To” site that rewards members for taking surveys, reading emails, referrals, watching videos, and playing games. So far, they have paid over $65 million to members.
The minimum payout amount is $30 via PayPal.
Sign Up for Daily Rewards and get a $5 welcome bonus.
4. Branded Surveys
Previously known as MintVine, Branded Surveys is a market research panel with a lot of Fortune 500 Companies as clients. You earn points for completing surveys and inviting friends.
You can redeem your rewards as cash through PayPal or as gift cards. The minimum payout amount is $10.
Join Branded Surveys (200 free points).
5. Pinecone Research Canada ($3 to $5 per survey)
This is one of the most popular survey sites that pay members well – between $3 to $5 for most surveys. They also pay you to test products, meaning that you can influence products that make it to the market.
You can redeem your rewards for cash (PayPal and Cheque) or gift cards.
6. Drop ($5 bonus)
Drop is a loyalty rewards site that pays members to complete surveys, watch video ads, shop at hundreds of participating retailers, play games, and more.
After downloading the Drop app, connect your bank card (debit or credit and get a $5 bonus). Cash back is automatically added to your account balance when you shop the available offers. You also earn points for every survey completed.
You can redeem your Drop points for hundreds of free gift cards. Learn more in this Drop App review.
7. Ipsos i-Say Canada
Ipsos i-Say is an online survey rewards community with more than 3 million members. Earn i-Say points by completing surveys and participating in their loyalty program.
Rewards can be redeemed as cash through PayPal, as gift cards, or as Virtual Visa Prepaid Cards.
LifePoints is one of the top survey panels in Canada. You earn Lifepoints that you can redeem for PayPal cash or free gift cards. When you sign up for a new account, you get 10 free Lifepoints.
Their minimum payout amount is $5.
PrizeRebel is a well-known survey site with more than 7.5 million members. They pay you to complete online surveys, watch videos, and refer friends.
You can cash out rewards through PayPal or bank deposit, and as gift cards. The minimum payout amount is $2.
10. Opinion Outpost Canada
Opinion Outpost pays members for participating in marketing research and contributing their opinions. Other ways to earn include product testing, friend referrals ($1 per referral), and cash giveaways.
Rewards can be cashed out via PayPal or gift cards. The minimum payout is $10 for PayPal and $5 for gift cards.
11. Maru Voice Canada
Maru Voice Canada is an online survey site that pays Canadians to give their opinions on brands and businesses. The company was formerly known as the Angus Reid Forum.
Each survey awards between 50 cents and $5 and you are paid $2 per friend referral. You can cash out for a prepaid Visa Card, gift cards, or cash via PayPal.
12. Toluna Canada
Toluna is one of Canada’s most well-known survey panels. Members earn as much as $5 per survey. Rewards can be redeemed for gift cards when you reach the minimum payout.
13. American Consumer Opinion (ACOP)
Although the name states “American,” ACOP is also available to Canadians. They have over 6 million members worldwide and reward members when they take surveys and evaluate products.
They have paid members over $30 million in rewards to date. The minimum payout amount is $10.
14. Harris Poll Online Canada
Harris Poll Online is a paid survey site that has been around since 1963. You earn rewards (referred to as HI Points) for completing online surveys. Rewards can be redeemed for gift cards, merchandise, and sweepstakes entries.
15. Univox Community ($2 bonus)
Univox has over 3 million members who earn points when they offer their opinions on various products and services. Points earned can be redeemed as cash via PayPal, Amazon gift cards, or Tango cards.
This platform is also available as an app on iOS and Android phones.
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Bonus – Leger Opinion
Leger Opinion is a Canadian market research company that pays members to share their opinions on products and services. You earn rewards by completing surveys, inviting friends, and participating in sponsored polls.
Redeem your rewards as cash through PayPal or for popular gift cards including Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks.
Other legitimate survey sites that are worth checking out for Canadians include:
Let us know about your experience in the comments!