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This article is about the English Version in Canada. For the French Version, see Big Brother Quebec.

Brother Canada is the Canadian version of the international phenomenon Big Brother. It is based on the American version of the franchise.

How It Came To Canada

Big Brother U.S. was always available to the Canadian audience since it premiered in 2000. Later in 2003, Quebec, the French province of Canada, decided to produce their own version of Big Brother based on the French version called Loft Story. After airing Loft Story through 2009, Quebec decided to change to Big Brother 2010.

Then in May of 2012, Shaw Media announced that Big Brother would come to Canada in 2013, and would be broadcast on Slice. Later Shaw announced that Live Feeds would be free on the Big Brother Canada website. It then premiered in February 2013.

After two successful seasons, Shaw Media decided that the show earned its spot on Global.

A few weeks after the fifth season finished airing, during June 2017, the show was announced to be on hiatus. Then, on July 20, 2017; Global announced that (due to overwhelming support from the fans) Big Brother Canada would be returning in 2018 for Season 6.

Seasons

Big Brother Canada Seasons
Season Channel Season Run Days HouseGuests Winner Runner-Up Final Vote
BBC Logo
Big Brother Canada 1
Slice February 27, 2013 -
May 2, 2013
71 15
Jillian MacLaughlin
Gary Levy
4-3
BBC Logo
Big Brother Canada 2
March 5, 2014 -
May 8, 2014
151
Jon Pardy
Sabrina Abbate
6-1
BBC Logo 2
Big Brother Canada 3
Global March 23, 2015 -
May 27, 2015
70 16
Sarah Hanlon
Godfrey Mangwiza
7-2
Big Brother Canada 4 Logo
Big Brother Canada 4
March 2, 2016 -
May 12, 2016
77 162
Nick & Phil Paquette
Kelsey Faith
7-2
BBCAN5 Logo
Big Brother Canada 5
March 15, 2017 -
May 18, 2017
69 163
Kevin Martin
Karen Singbeil
9-0
BBCAN6 Logo
Big Brother Canada 6
March 7, 2018 -
May 10, 2018
164
Paras Atashnak
Kaela Grant
6-1
Big Brother Canada 7 To Be Announced To Be Determined

Notes:
^1 Fourteen HouseGuests entered the house on Day 1, while three additional contestants faced Canada's vote to decide who would be the final Houseguest. This HouseGuest entered the house on Day 15.
^2 Fourteen HouseGuests entered the house on Day 1, while four former contestants of other editions of Big Brother faced Canada's vote to decide which two will enter the house as "international wildcards". These HouseGuests entered the house on Day 7. In a second twist, a pair of brothers played the game as one HouseGuest.
^3 Eight new HouseGuests entered the house on Day 1, following by eight additional contestants who returned for a second chance.
^4 Fourteen HouseGuests entered the house on Day 1, while the Canadian public voted on two additional HouseGuests, one male and one female, to enter the house as the final two HouseGuests. These houseguests entered on Day 6.

Ratings

Big Brother Canada Average Viewers Per Season
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Avg Viewers
(in millions)
Episodes
Big Brother Canada 1 February 27, 2013 May 2, 2013 0.671 29
Big Brother Canada 2 March 5, 2014 May 8, 2014 0.667
Big Brother Canada 3 March 25, 2015 May 27, 2015 1.120
Big Brother Canada 4 March 2, 2016 May 12, 2016 1.185 32
Big Brother Canada 5 March 15, 2017 May 18, 2017 1.004 29
Big Brother Canada 6 March 7, 2018 May 10, 2018 1.118
Key: Increase in Viewership Decrease in Viewership

Trivia

  • Mark Chrysler is the only male to be the first person evicted as he was evicted first in Big Brother Canada 5, every season before and after the first evictee was female
  • William Kenny is the only male to be evicted in the fourth place position when he was evicted by POV holder Kaela Grant. This move also ended the 'Final Four Curse' which is where a strong female competitor (usually a frontrunner for the win) would be eliminated, most notably Brittnee Blair, Cassandra Shahinfar, and Ika Wong.
  • Big Brother Canada 6 is the only season thus far to have a Final Two of the same gender, in this case female.

References

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