Amazon brings its monthly Prime subscription to Canada, sign up now for $8
Spread the cost of your Prime membership over 12 months.
Amazon Canada has today introduced a monthly membership option for its Prime services (opens in new tab). Beforehand, those wanting Amazon Prime above the border would have to pay the $79 annual fee upfront to gain access to its benefits, but can now opt to pay $7.99 per month instead. Prime members in the U.S. have had the option to pay monthly since late 2016, with UK members also being able to pay per month for some time.
Mike Strauch, country manager for Amazon Canada said:
Most will already be familiar with Amazon Prime and its shipping benefits that are available on millions of products. It's what makes buying from Amazon super easy and convenient.
But Prime membership also gives you access to thousands of TV shows and movies with Prime Video — including original and exclusive content like The Grand Tour, Man in the High Castle and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan — available to stream instantly on your tablet, phone or smart TV.
As well as Video, you'll also be able to stream music to heart's content as Prime Music (opens in new tab) is included in your Prime membership with over one million songs available at no additional cost. That's not to mention game content via Twitch Prime (opens in new tab), unlimited photo storage in Amazon Drive (opens in new tab) and exclusive early access to many Lightning Deals (opens in new tab).
Those possessing a sharp mathematical mind will, of course, have noticed that the cost of Prime membership paid monthly for the year will amount to more than the annual $79 membership. But the option to pay per month gives shoppers the flexibility to cancel their membership at any time and renew it when they need it.
You can sign up for Amazon Prime and take advantage of the new monthly pricing, or opt to pay for the year in full, if you prefer, and new members can make the most of a 30-day free trial (opens in new tab) when doing so.
See at Amazon CA (opens in new tab)
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Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.
I'll keep my Costco membership. When Amazon changes its business practices, they may one day earn my business.