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Google Canada’s #YearInSearch: 2020

Google — Year in Search 2020

2020 was the year we asked ‘why?’.

In a year unlike any other, and in the midst of a global pandemic, Canadians along with others around the world grappled to understand what was happening around them. We asked questions like ‘why is it called COVID-19?’ and ‘why was George Floyd stopped?’. We searched for answers, ways to take action, and ways to help each other.

Top Trending Searches

  1. US election
  2. Coronavirus
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Zoom
  5. Raptors
  6. CERB
  7. Kim Jong Un
  8. Naya Rivera
  9. Joe Biden
  10. Trump vs. Biden

And while Coronavirus brought a lot of uncertainty to Canadians and our economy, 2020 also brought us together as we mourned the victims of the Nova Scotia shooting, and inspired change as Canadians protested in support of Black Lives Matter.

Top Trending Canadian News:

  1. Coronavirus
  2. CERB
  3. Air Canada stock
  4. Nova Scotia shooting
  5. Blackout Tuesday
  6. Black Lives Matter
  7. Trudeau press conference today
  8. CERB extension
  9. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
  10. Safia Nolin

From the heartbreak of losing NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant, to Canadian icon and beloved television host, Alex Trebek, it was a year of difficult goodbyes.


  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Naya Rivera
  3. Alex Trebek
  4. George Floyd
  5. Chadwick Boseman
  6. Sean Connery
  7. Eddie Van Halen
  8. Kelly Preston
  9. Sushant Singh Rajput
  10. Kenny Rogers

With social distancing and lockdowns in place, Canadians searched for ways to stay entertained at home (binge-watching reached an all time high both in Canada and worldwide this year!). Many of us turned to movies and TV shows to feel connected through the characters we invited into our homes.

This year’s top trending TV shows feature both a king and a queen. More of the top trending TV shows below.

Top Trending TV Shows: 

  1. Tiger King
  2. The Queen's Gambit
  3. Ozark
  4. Cobra Kai
  5. Money Heist
  6. The Umbrella Academy
  7. Outer Banks
  8. Emily in Paris
  9. The Witcher
  10. Love Is Blind

An award-winning film tops the list of trending movies, while searches for a 2018 superhero film spikes again, after the movie’s iconic star passed away. Here are 2020’s top trending movies in Canada:

Top Trending Movies:

  1. Parasite
  2. Contagion
  3. Black Panther
  4. Borat 2
  5. Little Women
  6. Uncut Gems
  7. Knives Out
  8. Papillon
  9. Mulan
  10. The Gentlemen

Despite everything happening around us, we were resilient and adapted making the most of our extended time at home - from learning to bake bread, to trying new home workouts.

Top Trending Recipes:

  1. Easy cookie recipes
  2. Buttermilk recipes
  3. Butternut squash recipes
  4. Sourdough discard recipes
  5. Scalloped potatoes recipes
  6. Bread recipes
  7. Coleslaw recipes
  8. Crock Pot recipes
  9. Breakfast recipes
  10. Air fryer recipes

Top Trending Workouts:

  1. Resistance band workout
  2. Chloe Ting workout
  3. Insanity workout
  4. Home workout
  5. Murph workout
  6. Alexis Ren ab workout
  7. Bodyweight workout
  8. Booty workout
  9. Full body workout
  10. Upper body workout

You can explore more of the 2020 Canadian trending lists at Here’s to the close of what can only be described as a year that none of us could have predicted.