It’s just under a month to go before Canadians head to the polls... and the stakes are high as the five federal party leaders take the stage tonight for the first French language debate, hosted by Radio-Canada, La Presse and Télé-Québec. To watch, go to at 8pm ET, where the entire debate will be streamed in both French and English.


As the federal election campaign heats up, Canadians are making sure they’re prepared for voting day. Last weekend, the phrase ‘How do I register to Vote?’ was a trending search on Google. And ‘When is the Canadian election?’ remains a top searched question in Canada (Answer: October 19th!).

If you plan on exercising your franchise on that day - why not #PledgeToVote and challenge your social network to do the same? Head over to, to take the pledge today.

Enjoy tonight’s debate. And make sure to follow tomorrow for the latest analysis and coverage from the campaign trail.

The story of civic engagement in Canada can be told with just a few numbers:

268,387 - The number of people who voted in Canada’s first election in 1867
79 - High watermark of voter participation, as nearly 80 percent of Canadians vote in 1958
14,823,408 - The number of ballots cast in the last federal election, with a voter turnout of 61 percent

But the story, of course, does not end there.

Today, in collaboration with the CBC , we’re launching Pledge To Vote, a new, interactive tool encouraging Canadians to pledge their intention to vote in the upcoming federal election and to challenge others to do the same.

Pin, Pledge, Post
It’s super simple to use. Go to and share why voting is important to you. Your pledge will appear on the Pledge To Vote map, where you can explore what issues other Canadians care about, and why they are making the same pledge.

Now the fun part! After making the pledge, challenge your social networks to #PledgeToVote. Watch the pledges on the map grow and see how your #PledgeToVote challenge ripples across social media.  

“When is the election?”
It’s been a trending question Canadians have searched these past few weeks on Google – the answer is October 19th.  If you plan to make a little room in your calendar that day to participate in our great democracy, why not #PledgeToVote and encourage others to do the same…. See you at the polls!

Next week, the election trail stops in Calgary as Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper, New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau get set to lock horns over Canada’s economy in the second debate of the 2015 campaign.

Canadians can follow round two of the federal election debate live and in full on the YouTube Canada Elections Hub, via our partners at The Globe and Mail, who will be live streaming the debate on The Globe and Mail YouTube Channel. No matter where you are in the world, get access to the most important events of the 2015 federal election on the screen of your choice, whether that’s a television, laptop, tablet or phone. 
Recent events have thrust the economy into the spotlight as one of the most critical ballot-box issues facing Canadian voters in the upcoming election. While this debate will shed light on each party’s economic platform, Google Search Trends point to some of the economic topics that are already resonating most with Canadians:
Since the outset of the campaign, we’ve seen trending questions about whether Canada is in a recession and in the past week alone, recession has become one of the fastest rising issues Canadians are searching for on Google:
Tune in to the YouTube Elections Hub on Thursday, September 17 at 8:00PM EDT to catch the debate live from Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta. And if you miss it, we’ll have the full debate, highlight clips and commentary from across the web, available to watch at after the debate is over.

Posted by Leslie Church, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Google Canada

Canada’s favourite YouTubers are getting a new way to connect with their fans this week, with the launch of YouTube Hits on Rogers Radio.

YouTube Hits is the first of its kind in Canada and will reflect the amazing world of YouTube. Each week, the show will feature a rotating cast of Canadian and international YouTube stars, and feature a blend of established and emerging artists based on YouTube viewership to reveal what Canadians and the world are watching online.

YouTube has always been a place for fans and artists to discover and connect, just as radio has long been a place to listen to your favourite stars and learn about emerging talent. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Rogers to launch YouTube Hits on terrestrial radio - to support great new music from today’s biggest names and to help uncover rising stars.

Hosted by Rogers Radio personalities Blake Carter and Adam Wylde (Blake & Wylde, KiSS 92.5), the weekly hour-long show will highlight the hottest music, trends and topics. The first show will include on-air appearances by four Canadian YouTube stars Daniela Andrade (700,000 subscribers) ConvosWith2YrOld (790,000 subscribers), MakeUpByEman (350,000 subscribers) and Corey Vidal (225,000 subscribers).

YouTube Hits will air every weekend beginning Saturday, Sept. 5 across the country on Rogers's top-rated youth brands. Check local listings for times and details of upcoming guests.

Posted by Jenn Kaiser, Communications Manager, YouTube Canada

Whether you’ve used the internet to fact check information during a debate, explore a party’s campaign platform, or watch a debate live on YouTube, Canadians are turning to the web during this election more than ever before.

With week three of the campaign trail underway, we took a look at the role the internet is playing in #elxn42.

Even the term #elxn42 is a nod to the new Digital Voter -- one who spends almost all their time online when looking for information about politics and elections. In fact, nearly half of Canadian voters in this election report watching less live TV than four years ago.
Digital adoption is moving so quickly, that in 2015 fully 30 per cent of eligible voters are “digital-only” – they have no cable or satellite, watch less than 2 hours of live TV per week or prefer to view online only. And these digital-only voters aren't just millennials: 20 per cent of voters aged 50 and over are “digital-only” Canadians.
While voters still rely on TV for politics and election information, we found that digital video viewing is becoming increasingly important. 1 in 3 Canadian voters are choosing to watch video content online as their primary source of information. And interestingly, “change” voters – voters who would most favour a change in government – are more likely to rely on the internet as their primary news source about politics and the election.
So, what are Canadians going online for? Today, people don’t go to vote without searching for more information to inform their choice, from looking up news stories to finding out where to vote. And that gives campaigns an extraordinary series of opportunities to reach and engage with voters at the exact moment they’re looking for more information.
Throughout the election, the Google Trends team shares regular updates on what Canadians are searching for online, so follow us at @googlecanada or check back here for updates! You can also follow the campaign trail on YouTube via the YouTube Canada Elections Hub.

Posted by Leslie Church, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Google Canada

Cross posted from the Official Google Blog

Ugh...not again. You get home at the end of the day, and sit down to stream a new movie or upload vacation photos — and your Wi-Fi slows to a crawl or just stops working. Instead of relaxing in front of the screen or sharing those photos with friends, you spend it unplugging and re-plugging cords, trying to decipher blinking lights, or contemplating a call to customer support. 

While we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. So today, with our partner TP-LINK, we’re launching OnHub, a different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi. Instead of headaches and spotty connections, OnHub gives you Wi-Fi that’s fast, secure, and easy to use. 

Designed for the HomeMany of us keep our router on the floor and out of sight, where it doesn’t work as well. We replaced unruly cords and blinking lights with internal antennas and subtle, useful lighting, so you’ll be happy placing OnHub out in the open, where your router performs its best.

Starts Fast, Stays FastDuring setup, OnHub searches the airwaves and selects the best channel for the fastest connection. A unique antenna design and smart software keep working in the background, automatically adjusting OnHub to avoid interference and keep your network at peak performance. You can even prioritize a device, so that your most important activity — like streaming your favourite show — gets the fastest speed.
A simple mobile app
OnHub makes it simple to set up and manage your Wi-Fi, all from the Google On app, available on Android or iOS. The Google On app tells you how much bandwidth your devices are using, lets you run a network check, and if there’s an issue with your Wi-Fi, the app offers suggestions to help. And, instead of lost passwords and sticky notes, it even reveals your password with a single tap and lets you text or email it to friends.

Just gets better
OnHub automatically updates with new features and the latest security upgrades, without interrupting your connection. In the future, OnHub can support smart devices that you bring into your home, whether they use Bluetooth® Smart Ready, Weave, or 802.15.4. We also plan to design new OnHub devices with other hardware partners in the future. Stay tuned for news from our second partner, ASUS, later this year.

OnHub will be available for sale for $269 in the Google Store and Best Buy in the coming weeks.

At the end of the day, we want our Wi-Fi to just work, so that we can do all the things we love to do online. Here’s to Wi-Fi with the reliability, speed, and security you want at home, without the frustrations you don’t.

Last night,  Canadians had their first opportunity to hear directly from Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in the inaugural leaders’ debate of #elxn42.

Canadians turn to Google for all sorts of reasons, but the trending questions we saw last night point towards a sense of curiosity about the big issues including the economy and the health of our democracy.
In terms of real-time search interest, we saw the highest number of searches for Justin Trudeau, followed by Stephen Harper. The peak moment for search volume related to the leaders was around 8:50, as Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Mulcair squared off about support for expanded pipelines into eastern Canada.
Mr. Trudeau generated a high volume of search interest across the country, as seen below:
There is still a long way to go before election day, but these searches show us that even on day four of the campaign, Canadians are eager to look beyond the sound bites and to learn more about the issues.

The Google Trends team will share regular updates throughout the election, so follow us at @googlecanada, or check back here for updates!

Posted by Aaron Brindle, Communications & Public Affairs, Google Canada