Online Marketplaces in Canada Kijiji, Lespac, Craigslist

If you’re relocating for only a short duration, you may not want to go out and spend thousands of dollars on new furniture, a bike, or a television.

Well, there is good news! Online marketplaces like Kijiji, Craigslist, and Lespac, offer person-to-person classifieds for all sorts of household. These online marketplaces in Canada are fantastic if you are moving into a new place and need a few things, if you’re  moving out and trying to shed some unneeded items, or if you could use some extra cash.


How do online marketplaces in Canada work?

When you have goods or services you want to sell, all it takes is logging into the desired website and creating an account. Next, you can go ahead and make a post advertising whatever it is you have for sale. Be sure to create the post under the correct category of goods or services, so you reach your target audience. It’s a good idea to use pictures in your post, and be reasonable with price, because people love a good deal. Don’t feel obligated to respond to someone you don’t trust. Never use your personal email or phone number. For your safety, the website will give you a generated email address.

The same guidelines work for purchasing. Simply send a reply to the advertisement for something you’re interested in buying, and wait for the seller to reply.

What to be aware of with online marketplaces in Canada:

  • If someone wants to pay you with a certified check or through PayPal, or if he/she seems overzealous (for instance, offering you more money than you asked for, without asking to first see the item) it is probably a scam. Accepting only cash or money order is a good idea, because it avoids the need to share banking or credit card information. This will protect you from potential theft.
  • If you are unsure whether or not to trust a seller, try using to search for their name. Scammers often use the same name and story.
  • If you have someone coming to look at something, or if you are going to look at something, take another person else with you. At the very least, tell someone where you are going and at what time. It’s a rare occurrence that something goes wrong, but better safe than sorry.

To check out our three recommended online marketplaces in Canada, visit Lespac (only offered in French), Kijiji and Craigslist.


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About Camille

I adore Paris, I really do. But who can pass up an exciting opportunity to explore North America? When I enrolled in a Canadian university, I experienced the differences between French culture in France and French culture in Canada. And there really are differences! For one, French Canadians speak French in their own way. The country is so vast and there are lots of opportunities to find a fulfilling career. While some cities feel like a mix of European and North American culture, others have a completely Canadian identity. And don’t get me started on the delicious, hearty food! The country is charming, laid back and full of life. I’m here to help ease your transition to Canadian living, and give you a few of my special insider tips. // J’adore Paris, vraiment, mais qui peut refuser une occasion formidable d’aller explorer l’Amérique du Nord. Lorsque je me suis inscrite dans une université canadienne, j’ai vécu les différences entre la culture française en France et la culture française au Canada et il y a vraiment beaucoup de différences ! Effectivement, les canadiens français parlent français à leur manière. Le pays est si vaste qu’il y a beaucoup d’opportunités pour réaliser une carrière enrichissante. Alors que plusieurs villes sont un mélange de la culture Européenne et Nord Américaine, d’autres sont typiquement canadiennes. Sans parler des mets délicieux et plutôt copieux ! C’est un pays charmant, décontracté et plein de vie. Je suis là pour vous aider à faciliter votre transition vers la vie canadienne et pour vous donner quelques un de mes conseils.

  • Lyon Leshley

    Great advice! I would like to mention that there is a brand new online marketplace for local stores, suppliers, wholesalers, and at home businesses to sell their products to local and across Canada by city. Free to open shop 5% commission after sale.