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YouTube is where Canadians watch videos. Here’s why.

Tara Walpert Levy on stage

YouTube creators are proven hitmakers. They are this generation’s directors, producers, writers and talent. And in Canada, local creators continue to punch above their weight, winning the hearts of Canadian and global audiences. According to new research from Oxford Economics, YouTube’s creative ecosystem contributed over $2.0 billion CAD to Canada’s GDP in 2022, and supported 35,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. In a world where Canadians can watch anything, they consistently choose to spend time on YouTube with the creators and content they love most.

According to new research from Oxford Economics, YouTube’s creative ecosystem contributed over $2.0 billion CAD to Canada’s GDP in 2022, and supported 35,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

What this translates to, is an engaged audience of millions, making YouTube the place to be for creators, viewers and advertisers. According to Comscore, YouTube reaches 98% of Canadians across all audiences, making it the #1 ad-supported video platform in Canada. And where Canadians watch is as important as what they’re watching. We're seeing Canadians stream YouTube on their TV screens more than ever before with the rise of Connected TV (CTV). The ‘big screen’ in the living room has become the go to choice for Canadians. In December 2022, over 17M people streamed YouTube on their TV in Canada, and CTV remains the fastest growing platform for YouTube for the last five years.

As the living room revolution continues, we have solutions that can help advertisers find hard to reach audiences on the big screen. With YouTube on CTV, brands can have the best of both worlds: the big screen impact of TV with the precision and control of digital. YouTube brings together the power of reach, relevance and the world’s most connected ad ecosystem so advertisers can drive better results and realize the full impact of their media spend in one place.

As more people watch YouTube, here’s how we’re making it easier for advertisers to connect with their customers on any screen.

  • Brands can reach customers they can’t find anywhere else, with solutions like YouTube Select lineups, inclusive of the most popular content watched on the TV from top creators, live sports, shows and music.

  • We’ve been known for years for our exclusive YouTube Masthead opportunity, and now we’re offering more ways to capture an audience’s attention with this format. To help brands show up during big moments like a new movie release or a product launch, we recently launched a Cost-Per-Hour Masthead. This new way to buy YouTube’s most prominent placement gives advertisers exclusive ownership of the Masthead during the hour(s) leading up to, during or after priority moments.

  • And we can’t forget the other video format that’s booming - short-form. YouTube Shorts is now averaging over 50 billion daily views It’s become a rich canvas for every type of content people care about: music, gaming, sports, lifestyle, learning, food. Since launching ads on Shorts last year, brands have found many ways to drive performance in their direct-response campaigns. Through Video action campaigns and app campaigns, vertical video ads are fully immersive and appear between organic Shorts content. These campaigns are currently driven with AI to help brands easily develop the right creative, and we’ll continue to use AI to ensure partners reach the right audiences.

  • We’re also bringing 30 second non-skips to YouTube Select on CTV. We know that running longer-form creative on the big screen aligns with advertiser objectives, and allows for richer storytelling. This format seamlessly fits into what viewers already expect and experience on the big screen. Instead of seeing two :15 ads consecutively, they'll see one :30 ad.

  • We’ve also made the user experience more helpful for viewers and advertisers by creating an interactive and seamless experience across screens. For viewers watching on the big screen, Brand extensions have allowed viewers to learn more about a product with one click of a button, without interrupting their viewing experience.

Video has never been more culturally relevant and more ingrained in the fabric of Canadians’ daily lives. We want to continue to make YouTube the platform of choice for creators to build a business, viewers to explore their passions, and advertisers to find the right audience. With livestreams, podcasts, music, sports and more, Canadians can find it all on YouTube.

  1. Oxford Economics, 2022 YouTube Canada Impact Report
  2. Comscore Video Metrix® Multi-Platform, Gen-Z 18-24, December 2022, Canada
  3. YouTube Internal Data, December 2022
  4. YouTube internal data, as of Jan 2023