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There are many things to consider when choosing a stock trading app to buy and sell stocks and other securities. We compared fees, features and technology to help you find the best stock trading app in Canada.

Wealthsimple Trade

$0
Stock Trading Fee

$0
Account Fee

$0
Minimum Deposit

  • No annual fees, no commissions on trades
  • Unlimited trades
  • Limits on types of securities you can trade, mostly stocks and ETFs
  • Quotes are subject to a delay

This is a good stock trading app for beginners who want a low-cost option for buying stocks and standard securities like ETFs. In fact, it is one of the lowest-cost trading options available to Canadians. The app offers educational resources and tools, with items like savings calculators, articles and Investor Masterclass videos to teach you the basics.

Google Play Store rating: 4.1 stars
Apple App Store rating:
4.7 stars

Asset Types Stocks
ETFs
Minimum Age 18
Stock Trading Fee $0
Option Trading Fee N/A
Account Fee $0
Inactivity Fee $0
ETF Transaction Cost Free

Questrade

$4.95-$9.95
Stock Trading Fee

$0
Account Fee

$1,000
Minimum Deposit

  • One of the cheapest ways to buy and sell securities online in Canada
  • Can buy and sell a variety of securities, including options, foreign currencies and commodity futures
  • App not been well received by users, with some saying price quotes lag markets, and complaining about long load times

This app is good if you want both low fees and the ability to trade various types of securities. You could perhaps think of it as the next step up from Wealthsimple. But in terms of usability, the app has not been well received by users, as evidenced by its relatively low ratings in both Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Google Play Store rating: 2.2 stars
Apple App Store rating:
1.9 stars

Asset Types Stocks
Bonds
Options
Mutual Funds
ETFs
GICs
International Equities
Precious Metals
Minimum Age 18
Stock Trading Fee $4.95-$9.95
Option Trading Fee $9.95 + $1 per contract
Account Fee $0
Inactivity Fee Free
ETF Transaction Cost Free

Interactive Brokers

Max. 0.5%
Stock Trading Fee

$0
Account Fee

$0
Minimum Deposit

  • Detailed educational section, with webinars, videos and even a Traders Academy
  • Offers access to stock markets in 33 different countries and 68 different order types, including stocks, options, currencies and bonds
  • Might be too complicated for beginner investors
  • High minimum account balance

This app is great if you are an experienced investor looking for reams of information and fancy analytical tools to help you make your trades. In short, it is well suited to those with plenty of experience in online trading and with plenty of money to trade. You may want to look elsewhere if you are a beginner investor.
Google Play Store rating: 3.5 stars
Apple App Store rating:
3.7 stars

Asset Types Stocks
Bonds
Options
ETFs
Currencies
Futures
Minimum Age 18
Stock Trading Fee Min. $1.00, Max. 0.5% of trade value
Option Trading Fee $1.50 min. per order
Account Fee $0
ETF Transaction Cost Min. $1.00, Max. 0.5% of trade value

Qtrade Direct Investing

$6.95 - $8.75
Stock Trading Fee

$0 - $25
Account Fee

$0
Minimum Deposit

  • Can trade a variety of securities
  • Offers screening tools to analyze risk level of your portfolio based on assets you own
  • Lots of complaints about user experience in popular app stores

For a trading platform that advertises itself as low-cost, Qtrade Direct Investing Mobile isnt really cheaper than most of the other apps featured here. But it is competitive in terms of trading cost and available features. You can trade stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, GICs and bonds. A variety of investment accounts are available, including RRSPs, TFSAs and RESPs.
Google Play Store rating: 2.2 stars
Apple App Store rating:
2.2 stars

Asset Types Stocks
Bonds
Options
Mutual Funds
ETFs
GICs
Minimum Age 18
Stock Trading Fee $6.95 - $8.75
Option Trading Fee $6.95 - $8.75 + $1.25 per contract
Account Fee $0 if conditions met, otherwise $25/quarter
ETF Transaction Cost $0 - $8.75

BMO InvestorLine

$9.95
Stock Trading Fee

$100
Account Fee

$0
Minimum Deposit

  • Ability to trade a variety of securities
  • Third-party investment research available to users
  • High cost per trade
  • Users complained about equity search function not working properly, among other things

Not the cheapest nor most feature-heavy stock trading app available to Canadians, but it achieves a middle ground. You can trade stocks, options, ETFs, mutual funds, GICs and bonds.
Google Play Store rating: 2.4 stars
Apple App Store rating:
1.7 stars

Asset Types Stocks
Bonds
Options
Mutual Funds
ETFs
GICs
Minimum Age 18
Stock Trading Fee $9.95
Option Trading Fee $9.95 + $1.25 per options contract
Account Fee $0 if conditions met, otherwise $25/quarter
ETF Transaction Cost $0 - $9.95

Scotia iTRADE

$4.99-$9.99
Stock Trading Fee

$0
Account Fee

$0
Minimum Deposit

  • Good for beginners that want comfort of well-established financial brand
  • Mobile app users werent impressed with the user interface or the overall speed of the experience

With this app you can reduce your trading costs, but only by making a lot of trades. Such a high volume of trading may not be suited to beginner investors. Scotia iTrade offers a so-called practice account with a fictional portfolio of $100,000 that lets you use the platform and get your feet wet with different kinds of trades using play money.
Google Play Store rating: 1.6 stars
Apple App Store rating:
1.3 stars

Asset Types Bonds
Options
Mutual Funds
ETFs
GICs
International Equities
Minimum Age 18
Stock Trading Fee $4.99-$9.99
Option Trading Fee $9.99 + $1.25 contract ($4.99 + $1.25 contract if completed 150 trades or more a quarter)
Account Fee $0
ETF Transaction Cost $9.99 ($4.99 if completed 150 trades or more a quarter)

CIBC Investors Edge

$4.95 - $6.95
Stock Trading Fee

$100
Account Fee

$0
Minimum Deposit

  • Student discounts available
  • Free daily market report email with advice and investment ideas
  • You need to make a lot of trades each month to qualify for lower commissions
  • Annual fee if you dont carry a minimum balance in your account

The third member of Canadas big banks we look at, it offers lower trading fees than BMO and Scotiabank. CIBC Mobile Wealth offers access to a wide variety of investment and trading account options, as well as third-party research and screening tools.
Google Play Store rating: 3.2 stars
Apple App Store rating:
3.3 stars

Asset Types Stocks
Bonds
Options
Mutual Funds
ETFs
Minimum Age 18
Stock Trading Fee $4.95 - $6.95
Option Trading Fee $4.95 - $6.95 (+$1.25 per contract)
Account Fee $0 if conditions met, otherwise $100/year
ETF Transaction Cost $6.95

How we chose the best stock trading apps in Canada

We’ve chosen the apps on this page based on an independent set of criteria. None of these picks are sponsored – we also take into account providers that we aren’t partnered with – so that our selections are chosen without bias.
We take these factors into account when choosing our top picks:

  • Mobile app ranking across app stores.
  • Fees and commissions.
  • Types of securities available.
  • Types of trades supported.
  • Additional notable features offered such as research tools, educational resources, practice accounts, etc.

No single stock trading app will be the best choice for everyone, so compare your options before picking an online brokerage.

How to find the best stock trading app for you

Before signing up for a stock trading app, consider these factors:

  • Fees. Beyond commissions per trade, look into account minimums, transfer fees and varying costs to trade more complex securities.
  • Available securities. Some platforms offer a wide range of securities, while others specialize in only one or two.
  • Research tools. Beginners may want an app with educational resources, while active traders will need robust analytics tools.
  • Mobile support. Apps typically aren’t as robust as some desktop versions of the same platform. (Note: Not all apps also offer a corresponding desktop trading platform.) Check feedback in Google Play and the App Store.
  • Customer feedback. Explore customer feedback in places like the Better Business Bureau and Reddit to find out what investors really think about the platform.

Bottom line

The best stock trading app depends on what kind of investor you are. Be sure to compare fees. But also look at what other resources and features an app offers and how its cost structure matches up with your own trading needs. You can also read more about the best online trading platforms in our guide.

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