30+ Free Streaming Resources to Help You Through the Pandemic in Canada

Canada has crossed 1.4 Million+ confirmed COVID-19 cases this week and the figure is increasing on the daily basis because of the new B.1.1.7 variant – first identified in the UK.

This has prompted authorities to close down schools and move towards online learning until April 18. This also means Ski Resorts, weddings, BBQ gatherings with friends and family will be postponed until over 2 million vaccines are set to arrive. The next couple of months would still be important to prevent the spread of Coronavirus cases until we see a very good-looking Canada Day in the summer.

During these extraordinary and challenging times, Howtowatch.co has combined together with a list of free and legal streaming platforms that will help you pass the time by watching free movies, free TV shows, free educational learning, and free courses that you can watch at your home.

These resources categories have been listed below:

Websites to Watch Free Movies & TV Shows in Canada

The list to watch free movies and TV shows is perfectly legal. Even though you won’t find some of the latest movies or the ones that are currently in cinemas, but still they can help kill your time.

Here’s a list of websites that help you legally watch free Movies in Canada:

1. Crackle (Movies, TV Series, Originals)

Crackle is a free video streaming service that is supported by ads and consists of original content and acquired programming. With Crackle, you will be able to stream Free Movies & TV shows uncut and unedited. Although the content wouldn’t be the latest if you’re all wondering, it’s really free and legal. The service is available in 21 countries including Canada. It has some of the favorite genres like Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Crime, and Comedy. There’s an option to sign up for free, but you don’t really have to sign up in order to watch the content.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Firestick, Chromecast, Roku, XBOX One, PS4, and Samsung TV.

2. PopcornFlix (Movies, TV Shows, Viral Vids)

PopcornFlix is another free ad-supported streaming service that features length movies, TV series, and webisodes. It also includes some of the viral videos you see on YouTube. Like Crackle, the service is also owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. You will also PopcornFlix Originals and New Arrivals in the category. Some of the favorite genres include Horror, Family, Drama, Comedy, Action, Thriller, Western, Asian Fiction, Mystery, etc. You don’t need to sign up for an account to watch the content.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon, and XBOX.

3. Tubi (Movies, TV Shows, Kids)

Tubi is a completely free and legal video streaming service that is owned by the Fox Corporation and is available in Canada. You can watch free movies & TV shows online in HD on any device. Among all the free Movie resources that I have listed in this guide, Tubi has the largest library with 20,000 movies and television shows. Once again, there’s no need to register your account because you can watch it without signing up.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Roku, Firestick, PS4&5, Chromecast, & Sony TV.

4. YouTube Free Movies (Classic Movies, TV Shows)

FilmRise Official YouTube Channel brings you free Classic Movies and True Crime series. You can also watch FilmRise Originals directly from its YouTube channel. You can watch all episodes of Bloodline Detectives, The Rifleman, My Favorite Martian, and other great content.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Roku, Fire TV, XBOX, YouTube, and Facebook Watch.

5. CONtv (Movies, Shows, Comic-Con Panels)

CONtv is a perfect place for the Comic-Con community to watch their favorite TV shows and movies for absolutely free, but with ads. It also has a section of Live TV for ConTV Anime on top of watching free movies, which I am sure Canucks would love very much. It is available in Canada and doesn’t require you to sign up for a free account.

Downloads: Android and iOS.

6. Gravitas Movies (Independent Movies, TV Shows)

Gravitas Movies is a streaming service that grants free access to a thousand movies to its viewers. Movies are updated on a daily basis so there’s always a catch for Canucks. Streaming on Gravitas movies is ad-supported. You can watch Documentaries, Romance, Sci-fi, Drama, Comedy, Action, etc. It offers a free trial for 7 days for premium subscribers. A monthly subscription costs $4.99 whereas an annual subscription costs $39.99 for unlimited entertainment at Gravitas Movies.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Fire TV, and Roku.

7. Classic Cinema Online (Vintage Films, Classic Movies)

Classic Cinema Online not only offers free streaming but also allows users to download movies. As the name suggests, it compiles classics from the 1900s. The genre includes but isn’t limited to Suspense, Thrillers, Comedy, Romance, Mystery, Adventure, Crime, Animated, etc. It’s absolutely free and some links are broken due to copyright, unfortunately. It could be a perfect company during Canada’s cold nights for your grandparents, parents, or even you if you are into Classics.

Downloads: Only on a web browser.

8. Kodi (Open Source Home Theater)

Kodi is a free open-source media software that is completely legal and helps you watch free movies with some of its official Kodi addons. The official add-ons are already available inside your Kodi software so you just need to install them. These addons are Catch-up TV, British Council Film, BFI Player, Crackle, ET Canada, FilmRise, HGTV Canada, and more.

Downloads: Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, and Raspberry Pi.

9. Movies Found Online (Free Movies & Documentaries)

Movies Found Online has free Movies that are ranging from old cult classics to new independent films. They also feature short films, documentaries, animations, stand-ups, and more. You won’t need to sign up on the website because it will stream without it. Also, it is easily available in Canada and some other countries so you don’t have to worry about geo-restriction.

Downloads: Only on a web browser.

Websites to Watch Free Kids Content

10. Cocoro TV (TV Shows for Kids)

Cocoro TV provides meaningful animated content for kids for education and entertainment. The content is very lesson-oriented and enables kids to learn to solve problems, help others, teamwork, bonding, etc. Rhymes, Adventure, Martial Arts, Rom-Com, Supernatural, historical, documentary, Mystery, etc. all the genres are available to stir the kids’ imagination and help them learn and adapt in a fun way.

Cocoro TV is exclusive to Canada and the US. It is free to stream with ad pop-ups. Premium subscription holds a reward system for kids by assigning kids exclusive titles and is for $2.99/month or $29.99/year.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Samsung TV.

11. Toon Goggles (Cartoons for Kids)

Toon Goggles is an on-demand entertainment destination for kids of all ages. It’s a parent-friendly service with strict guidelines to make sure that the content is virtuous and suitable for children’s age groups. It offers Animated Cartoons, Live-action shows, Games, and TG Radio for music.

The content is divided into six unique show sections: Boys, Girls, Comedy, Action, Pre-school, and Educational. Game categories include Arcade, Puzzle, Sports, Action, Adventure, and Strategy. Toon Goggles’ ad-supported access is free in Canada. It offers a 30 days premium free trial and then $0.99/month.

Downloads: Windows, Android, iOS, Roku, and Fire TV.

12. Toonami Aftermath (Space TV Shows for Kids)

Toonami Aftermath is a great place for kids to watch their favorite content for free. Some of these content include Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Robotech, Beast Wars, Mega Man, and more. It is free to stream and you don’t need to sign up for a free account or register with the website.

Downloads: Only on a web browser.

13. Knowledge Kids (Top-Rated Kids Shows, Live TV)

Knowledge Kids provides an ad-free free platform for top Kids’ Shows, Live TV, and Games. Live TV is only available in British Columbia in Canada. Some of the top shows are Paw Patrol, Bamboo Love, Shaun the Sheep, Wild Kratts, Alphabet Stories, etc. Games include Xavier Riddle, Fantastic Flight, Art Studio, Genius Genie, etc. Knowledge Kids is owned by Knowledge Network. It has a YouTube Channel as well. The focus is to equip kids with knowledge about the world and develop interest and curiosity to learn.

Downloads: Android, iOS, and Roku.

14. TVO Kids (Games & Live TV for Kids)

TVOKids (TVOntarioKids) is a children’s programming block in Canada. It helps kids get mentally prepared to go to school. Its targeted audience is preschoolers, ages from 2-year-olds to 7-year-olds. It is designed with the joint efforts of educationalists and keeping certain goals in mind. It airs seven days a week 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some of the famous shows include Dino Dan, Zerby Derby, Odd Squad, etc. It is free and is funded through donations, sponsors, and the Province of Ontario.

Get Growing: Android and iOS.

Zerby Derby: Android and iOS.

I Created a Monster: Android and iOS.

15. Crunchyroll (Anime & Drama)

Crunchyroll is known as the largest source of licensed Anime and is available in 200+ countries including Canada. The content is translated into multiple languages for the audience worldwide. The Ancient Magnus’ Bride, Generations, Junkie, Recovery of an MMO are some of the popular shows on Crunchyroll.

Ad-supported Crunchyroll content access is free. However, if you want an HD experience with no ads, you’ll need a premium subscription offering a 14-day free trial and $9.99/month after that. Premium subscribers are also entitled to simulcasts – episodes of top shows available one hour after Japan.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, PS4, Wii U, XBOX One, Chromecast, Roku, and Fire TV.

16. Hoopla Digital (Audiobooks, Movies, Videos)

Hoopla Digital is basically a digital public library that is constantly at your fingertips. It allows you to borrow movies, Audiobooks, ebooks, Comics, and TV Shows. You can watch all the titles either online or offline as well. It is available on Android, iOS, Amazon, and Roku.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Roku, and Fire TV.

Websites to Watch Free Live TV

17. CBC (News, Entertainment, & Sports)

CBC is Canada’s home for News, Entertainment, Sports, and Music. You can watch everything live on its website if you’re from Canada. This is a perfect way to catch up with some of the latest headlines and situations of your country and around the world.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Roku, and Fire TV.

18. City TV (Live TV, On-Demand)

City TV happens to stream live 24/7 full episodes for free including some of your favorite shows like Modern Family, Murphy Brown, and more. Some of the shows are free to watch, but then you would need to enter your TV provider subscription details to get full access.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Fire TV, and Roku.

19. Global TV (Live TV, Series)

Global TV is a Canadian-based television network that mostly caters to US audiences, or Canadians with an interest in its primarily US-produced entertainment. Despite this, it is still Canada’s second most-watched private television network after CTV. It streams free Live TV Shows like Big Brother, Survivor, SNL, NCIS, and more.

Downloads: Android, iOS, Fire TV, and Roku.

20. CTV (Catch-Up TV, Shows)

CTV is also a Television Network or a streaming service that helps Canucks watch full episodes for absolutely free. This is Canada’s most-watched TV Network. CTV has all you need to watch the best TV with full episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, MasterChef Canada, This is Us, Station 19, and more. There’s no subscription or sign-in required to watch TV Series, but you will be entitled to sign in with your TV provider for watching Live TV.

Downloads: Android, iOS, and Fire TV,

21. Omni TV (Italian, Cantonese, Mandarin Shows)

Omni TV is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural Television system that is committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity by broadcasting an array of ethnocultural Live TV content. Some content that you can watch on its schedule includes Hero and the Queen, The Rekal Brothers, Saving the Latvian Centre, Caribbean Vibrations, and more.

Downloads: Only on a web browser.

Websites for Free Educational Courses

22. CosmoLearning (Online School Course, Videos)

CosmoLearning is an aggregator website for free online video lessons and documentaries. This means on one website you can find free courses and educational materials. You can choose topics from the list that ranges from Abnormal Psychology, Electronic Engineering to Communication Theory and Topology. You will find everything at CosmoLearning and it’s all free to stream.

Downloads: Only available on a web browser.

23. EdX (Online Courses by Harvard, MIT)

EdX is the best way to get free courses on any subject directly from the top universities of the world. Currently, you can learn from more than 160 member universities without any membership fee. It has top courses from the subjects like Computer Science, Business, Data Science, Engineering, Design, and more.

Downloads: Android and iOS.

24. Brightstorm (Math, Science, English, Test-Prep)

Brightstorm is a platform to watch short-form online video lessons created by professional educators. You can learn Math, Science, English, and other subjects from the experts and they will help you prepare for the test. There’s a section for Free Video where you can find tons of videos to start with, and if you like their collection, you can subscribe to its free trial.

Downloads: Android and iOS.

25. Khan Academy (Online Course, Lessons, Practice)

Khan Academy is the place to get free online courses, lessons, and practice for every student in every classroom. Their mission is quite simple. Khan Academy is here to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Downloads: Android and iOS.

26. Coursera (Skill Building, Online Courses)

Coursera helps you build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies. They are currently collaborating with 200+ leading universities and companies. All of these courses and certificates are completely free to obtain. If you have free time in this pandemic, you can easily achieve your career goals with Coursera by learning the latest skillset, get ready for a career, earn a degree, and then upskill your organization.

Downloads: Android and iOS.

Websites for Game-Based Learning

27. CK-12 (Textbooks, Exercises, Flashcards)

CK-12 consists of free online modules covering Science, Math, Social Studies, Photography, and other Adult and Children education. It is the smarter way to learn because the course includes pictorial methods, graphics, animation, and other techniques to help you learn your subject.

Downloads: Only available on a web browser.

28. Khan Academy Kids (Games, Books, Songs)

Khan Academy Kids is the most interactive and joyful learning approach for kids. It inspires a lifetime of learning and discovery with its free, fun, and educational program for children ages 2-8. You can download the app on Android, iOS, and FireStick.

Downloads: Android and iOS,

29. Sesame Street (Preschool Games, Coloring, Videos)

Sesame Street helps your young ones sharpen their brains by playing games, watching interactive videos, and do artwork on their website. It helps your kids to stay physically and mentally healthy!

Downloads: Android, iOS, Roku, and YouTube.

30. PBS Kids (Games & Kids Shows)

PBS Kids is the perfect way for kids to find activities, tips, crafts, and more for learning at home. It has some really cool games that your kids can play. It has Engineering games, Math games, Feeling games, and more!

Downloads: Android, iOS, Fire TV, and Windows.


This guide is a perfect way to spend your free time during this pandemic by watching your favorite Movies and TV Shows, learning free educational courses, and playing games that enhance your cognitive learning.

If you can spend your free time in a productive manner, there’s no stopping you from learning new things that could eventually be helpful in developing your career. Give these resources a try and be productive in this pandemic!

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