A lot of people want to become YouTubers for so many different reasons. Some people want to be YouTubers for the fame and reach they’ll get while others have heard of Youtubers making millions of dollars and just want to make money online.
YouTube can turn a person from an average Joe to a superstar in hours, given how massive the platform’s reach is.
Canadians interested in vlogging often want to use YouTube as a source of income, to quit their full-time jobs because let’s be honest, some YouTubers earn more than people working full-time in offices.
For some, YouTube is simply an avenue for them to share their thoughts on matters that interest them, a lot like a diary.
Whatever reason you want to become a YouTuber, one thing’s for sure: YouTube can be a source of income if done right. This happens especially if you have engaging content and massive reach to thousands or even millions of followers.
It also helps that many Canadians turned to YouTube for work when they were let go from their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
A report from Oxford University has revealed that YouTube’s massive presence in Canada contributed up to $923 million to Canada’s GDP last year. That’s huge!
Top 20 Canadian Youtubers and Their Net Worth
1. Justin Bieber
With a whopping 66.7 million subscribers, Justin Bieber is one of the top Canadian Youtubers in 2021. His channel is filled with tons of his songs, from hits to underrated ones. If you’re looking to explore his discographies, visiting his YouTube channel is a great place to start.
Additionally, if you’re into fun facts, here’s one for you. Justin Bieber, famously known as one of the world’s best-selling music artists, rose to fame because of YouTube. He was discovered as a teenager when a video of him singing was posted on said platform. Not long after, he was gaining more and more prominence and holding concerts that were constantly sold out. As of 2021, he has an impressive net worth of $285 million selling over 150 million records worldwide.
2. The Weeknd
The Weeknd is a Canadian singer known for his somber songs categorized as Rhythm and Blues contemporary or R&B. Much like Justin Bieber, he started his career through YouTube. He uploaded videos of him singing his songs until someone discovered him. His journey went on from there. Now, he has turned into a superstar even going on to sing some of his greatest songs at the Super Bowl.
His YouTube channel has garnered over 26 million subscribers. He, himself, has a net worth of $200 million.
3. Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh first began her career as a YouTube personality back in 2010. She used to be known as “Superwoman” which was her old username that stemmed from one of her childhood memories. Since then, she’s gained around 15 million followers on her YouTube channel.
Lilly Singh, aside from being a YouTube sensation, is also a comedian and former talk show host. Her YouTube channel is filled with hilarious skits featuring other celebrities and social media personalities.
Her YouTube channel adds a dose of sunshine and rainbows to your day. As for her net worth, back in 2017, she was ranked tenth by Forbes when it came to the highest paid YouTube stars in the world. As of now, she has a net worth of around $20 million.
We’ve tackled comedians, singers, and more on this list. What have we missed? Ah yes. The gamers. One of the many gamers that have become internet sensations is VanossGaming. As per his YouTube channel name, he is a video game commentator, and his channel has over 25 million subscribers. His net worth of $25 million is also a testament to his success as a YouTuber.
5. Linus Tech Tips
Ranked the most-watched technology channel on YouTube, Linus Tech Tips has around 14.2 million subscribers because of its fun, relevant videos helping many people better understand and discover new technology. He has an impressive net worth of $50 million.
6. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes, born in Canada, is now a popular singer responsible for top hits like “Stitches” and “Treat You Better”. He was selling out Madison Square Garden in 4 minutes. He first gained popularity on the app called Vine in 2013 after he posted snippets of him singing popular songs. There, he was discovered.
7. Luke Davidson
Next on the list is Luke Davidson. Although Luke Davidson is known as a TikTok star where he’s gained more than 9 million followers, his YouTube channel still cannot be ignored.
Luke Davidson has gained 3.49 million subscribers on YouTube in a matter of months and his channel continues to grow. He is best known for posting comedic skits that make you laugh out loud. With a net worth of around $2 million, he is a top Canadian YouTuber.
8. Katie Cutie Kids TV
Katie Cutie Kids TV is a YouTube channel for children to learn anything from ABCs to popular nursery rhymes. She is best known for helping children learn in a fun manner.
Her YouTube channel has gained over 8 million subscribers. She also has a net worth of around $8 million. She’s redefining learning and helping kids find the fun in it.
WatchMojo is one of the most popular channels on YouTube known for posting listicle videos about movies, shows, and more. They have a net worth of $12.3 million and subscribers amounting to 24.1 million.
KallmeKris is a comedian and blogger. She is also number 1 on YouTube’s list of breakout creators. But why? She first gained popularity from a social media app called TikTok where she posts short comedic skits.
What makes her unique is that her skits follow a storyline. She’s developed a variety of personas from her main character, Janet, to smaller yet equally funny characters like Karen to create a hilarious experience for her audience.
Kris Collins, the genius behind KallmeKris, has gained more and more popularity resulting in over 35 million followers on TikTok and 4.48 million subscribers on YouTube. She has a net worth of around $200,000.
Jesse Baron created Jester, his YouTube channel, and started posting what he is most known for: horror videos. He is said to have a net worth of around $2 to $5 million and his YouTube channel has over 5 million subscribers.
One of the most popular calligraphy artists on YouTube is AmandaRachLee. She consistently posts videos and tutorials on bullet journaling, doodling, calligraphy, and more. She also has fun-filled, relaxing, and aesthetic day-in-the-life vlogs.
Her YouTube channel has garnered over 2 million subscribers. She has a net worth of around $700,000.
13. Aaron Esser
Aaron Esser’s YouTube channel has gained over 7 million subscribers. He is best known for his Nerf first-person shooter videos. One of his most popular videos even earned over 400 million views. He now has a net worth of around $8 million.
14. Spencer Barbosa
If you’re all about body positivity and happy vibes, Spencer Barbosa is the YouTuber for you. She is better known as a TikTok star with her page having over 5 million followers. 2 months ago, she started her YouTube channel. In a matter of months, she’s gained 351k subscribers.
She consistently advocates for body positivity and frequently posts vlogs, skincare videos, try-on hauls, and the like to her YouTube channel and TikTok page. She has recently started her self-love jewelry line and her net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.
15. Nick Pro
One of the unique YouTubers is Nick Pro, a parkour athlete known for his stunt videos. His YouTube channel has over 7 million subscribers. Aside from parkour and stunt videos, he also cosplays as comic characters or video game characters. This internet sensation has continued to gain traction and has an overall net worth of approximately $10 million.
16. Orange Juice Gaming
Orange Juice Gaming was created by Jimmy Chau. He consistently posts gaming videos testing out tips for succeeding in games as well as trying out new games. This YouTube channel has over 2 million subscribers and he has an estimated net worth of around $5 million.
With over 2 million subscribers, SpyCakes is a popular YouTuber best known for his gaming videos. He is both a video gamer and commentator. He posts game content and collaborates with other YouTubers to create a successful YouTube channel. He has an estimated net worth of around $6 million.
18. Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams is a singer and songwriter whose songs fall into the rock category. His hit albums such as Reckless gained him a spot in one of the most popular recording artists of the 1980s.
He was a musically gifted young adult and taught himself to play the guitar. Soon enough, he dropped out of school and began pursuing his musical career.
Everything fell into place as he recorded a variety of songs and gained traction from there. His YouTube channel has 4.33 million subscribers, and he has a net worth of $75 million.
19. Super Simple Songs – Kids Songs
Next up on this list, we have Super Simple Songs. This YouTube channel has over 32 million followers. It posts fun animated videos aiming to teach children concepts like reading and math.
It is a great YouTube channel you should visit if you’re looking for a fun collection of nursery rhymes and songs for your child to enjoy learning.
A lot of the songs posted on their YouTube accounts are original which makes this channel even more unique. Super Simple Songs is a YouTube channel that’s becoming the modern Barney although one could argue that Barney can never be replaced.
The YouTube channel and its rise to fame have resulted in a net worth of more than $97 million. Impressive, right?
We’ve reached the end of our list but that does not mean that the last YouTuber on our list is not a good one. LaurDIY is a DIY and lifestyle guru. Her channel has over 8 million subscribers and is gaining more and more popularity as she continues to post fun-filled vlogs and helpful videos. Best known for her how-to videos, she has around $365,000.
Being a YouTuber can be very interesting, and rewarding. Now that we’ve got you hooked, here is everything you must know about becoming a YouTuber in Canada.
No Educational, Licensing, or Professional Requirements
Anyone can be a YouTuber. Some people start out very young, others start very old or at just the right time. Many Youtubes start from scratch then become successful YouTubers.
The Youtubers you admire today probably started with zero reach or a couple of views from close family and friends. But they were consistent and built up millions of engagement and interactions over time.
You are not required to have any education requirements, licenses, or professional requirements to be a YouTuber. However, if you want to give professional advice to your followers and subscribers, you must be a licensed professional before sharing such information on your YouTube channel. This is especially applicable in areas of health, law, and finance. Except you’re running an ‘opinion’ or ‘information’ channel.
Everyone in Canada has the right to freely express themselves. Still, you MUST let your subscribers know that your content is simply for informational purposes and nothing more. That way, you absolve yourself of any legal issues that might arise from the use of your content.
What Works on YouTube?
Different Youtubers employ different tactics to grow their channels. You should know what works for YouTubers in your niche. You must understand what your audience want and their identity as viewers to align your content to those.
You should also use high-quality media to tell your story effectively to your followers. Nothing frustrates viewers as poor audio or video quality; nope, they wouldn’t understand that you’re just starting out.
Design your platform with your content and branding in mind so that they’re all in sync. Keeping your authentic voice is also very important, even when collaborating with brands.
You should also connect to traditional media such as radio, print, and television for broader exposure. Lastly, you should try to connect with brands you already love.
Of course, all of this wouldn’t matter if you just want to Vlog without necessarily making an income on Youtube.
What Fails on YouTube
Of course, there are things that just fail on YouTube and could cost you your audience. An example is when you force your followers to use products or services that are way out of your niche or accept collaborations outside your niche just for the revenue. Your followers can sense when your channel becomes all about the money.
Inconsistency is also one of the fastest killers of YouTube channels. There are millions of YouTube channels and people will only take you seriously if you’re consistent with your content. You don’t have to Vlog every day but having a content calendar will help you to retain engagement on your channel.
Salary and Wages
YouTubers earn a lot, but it doesn’t apply to everyone. Ryan’s World, a YouTube channel where a young kid reviews toys for his subscribers, was recorded to have earned a total of $22 million last year.
Lily Singh recorded an earning of $7 million last year, making her the wealthiest Canadian YouTuber.
There are no hourly or yearly rates available online for YouTubers in Canada. Still, a YouTuber with a million subscribers usually makes around $60,000+ annually.
However, very few people make a living on YouTube. It is NOT a get-rich-quick platform.
YouTubers are still obliged to pay their taxes in Canada. Google Adsense, along with the other YouTube revenue streams, is subject to personal income taxes payable when you get to file your income tax returns with the CRA. It is advisable to pay your taxes accordingly to avoid penalties and other severe sanctions.