This article is about the English Version in Canada. For the French Version, see Loft Story Quebec (franchise).
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 Quebec 1.
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 a sixth season.
As of Big Brother Canada 8, a total of 118 people have participated across 8 seasons. For Big Brother Canada 5, 8 players from the first four seasons returned to played the game again against 8 new players. Big Brother Canada 4 featured pair of brothers playing the game as one contestant, counted separately in the total, along with two contestants from Big Brother Australia and Big Brother UK respectively.
In some seasons, players would join the game one week late after being subjected to a fan vote against other potential players. The seasons that include this twist are: Big Brother Canada 2, Big Brother Canada 4, Big Brother Canada 6 and Big Brother Canada 7, with seven potential houseguests ultimately not getting voted in, thus being excluded from the total. Of those seven, two of them hailed from Big Brother US and Big Brother Italy.
List of Returning Players
|Season||Returned to Future Season||Season||Returned to Future Season|
|Most recent returnee season||N/A|
|Big Brother Canada Seasons|
|Season||Channel||Season Run||Days||HouseGuests||Winner||Runner-Up||Final Vote|
Big Brother Canada 1
| February 27, 2013 -|
May 2, 2013
|71||15|| || ||4-3|
Big Brother Canada 2
| March 5, 2014 -|
May 8, 2014
|151|| || ||6-1|
Big Brother Canada 3
| March 23, 2015 -|
May 27, 2015
|70||16|| || ||7-2 (8-2)|
Big Brother Canada 4
| March 2, 2016 -|
May 12, 2016
|77||162|| || ||7-2|
Big Brother Canada 5
| March 15, 2017 -|
May 18, 2017
|69||163|| || ||9-0|
Big Brother Canada 6
| March 7, 2018 -|
May 10, 2018
|164|| || ||6-1|
Big Brother Canada 7
| March 6, 2019 -|
May 9, 2019
|155|| || ||7-0|
Big Brother Canada 8
| March 4, 2020 -|
April 1, 2020
Big Brother Canada 9
^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.
^5 Fourteen houseguests entered the house on Day 1, while the Canadian public voted on one additional female houseguest to enter the house as the final houseguest. This houseguest entered on Day 6.
^6 Season 8 featured no winner. On March 24, 2020, production was shut down due to the 2019-2020 COVID-19 Pandemic
|Big Brother Canada Average Viewers Per Season|
|Season||Premiere Date||Finale Date||Avg Viewers|
|Big Brother Canada 1||February 27, 2013||May 2, 2013||0.671||29||Slice|
|Big Brother Canada 2||March 5, 2014||May 8, 2014||0.667|
|Big Brother Canada 3||March 25, 2015||May 27, 2015||1.120||Global|
|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|
|Big Brother Canada 7||March 6, 2019||May 9, 2019||1.187|
|Big Brother Canada 8||March 4, 2020||April 1, 2020||1.205||11|
|Key:||Increase in Viewership||Decrease in Viewership|
Most Viewed Episodes
|Top 10 Most Viewed Big Brother Canada Episodes|
|1||Big Brother Canada 4||1||Wednesday, March 2, 2016||1.402|
|2||Big Brother Canada 8||7||Wednesday, March 18, 2020||1.385|
|3||Big Brother Canada 8||1||Wednesday, March 4, 2020||1.377|
|4||Big Brother Canada 7||23||Thursday, April 25, 2019||1.339|
|5||Big Brother Canada 8||6||Sunday, March 15, 2020||1.333|
|6||Big Brother Canada 7||20||Thursday, April 18, 2019||1.313|
|7||Big Brother Canada 4||13||Wednesday, March 30, 2016||1.302|
|8||Big Brother Canada 6||1||Wednesday March 7, 2018||1.291|
|9||Big Brother Canada 7||29||Thursday, May 9, 2019||1.290|
|10||Big Brother Canada 7||12||Sunday, March 31, 2019||1.288|
|Big Brother Canada 4||7||Wednesday, March 16, 2016|
- Mark Chrysler is the first 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.
- He would later be followed by Micheal Stubley.
- Big Brother Canada 6 and Big Brother Canada 7 are the only seasons thus far to have a Final Two of the same gender, in this case female and male respectively.
|Big Brother Franchises|
|Africa||Africa · Angola · Nigeria · South Africa|
|Americas||Argentina · Brazil · Canada (Quebec) · Colombia · Ecuador · Mexico · Pacific · Panama · Peru · United States (Spanish)|
|Asia-Pacific||Arab States · Australia · China · India · Indonesia · Israel · Philippines · Russia · Thailand · Vietnam · Turkey|
|Europe||Albania · Balkans · Belgium · Bulgaria · Croatia · Czech Republic · Denmark · Finland · France (Loft) · Germany · Greece · Hungary (Való Világ) · Italy · Lithuania · Netherlands · Norway · Poland · Portugal (Secret) · Romania · Scandinavia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · United Kingdom · Ukraine|