The 2015 #YearOnTwitter in Canada

By Christopher Doyle
Monday, 7 December 2015

Canadians flocked to Twitter in record numbers in 2015.

We cheered on @TeamCanada at #WJC2015 and celebrated #OdinBirthday.

We followed @NDPalberta during their historic #abpoli win and hosted the world during #FIFAWWC and #TO2015.

We listened as @norm held a Twitter-based wake for #deadraccoonTO and we listened more when he defended @drake during his beef with @MeekMill

We watched (and made memes) of the @JoeyBats19’s #BatFlip and followed to-the-second as @JustinTrudeau promised #RealChange to Canadians during his #elxn42 victory. 

2015’s Top Canadian Tweets, Retweets and Hashtags

October 19, 2015 saw the highest volume of Tweets for the year as Canadians used their “second screen” to follow #elxn42 Election Night and the @BlueJays win during Game 3 of the #ALCS in tandem. More than 5.5 million Tweets were sent by Canadians on the date. 

@JustinBieber had seven of the Top 10 most Retweeted Canadian Tweets for 2015. @Drake had two Tweets in the Top 10 and the other came from Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly (@norm) as he came to Drake’s defense during his online beef with @MeekMill. By year end, @norm had gained more than 200,000 Twitter followers for the year.

Here is a list of Canada’s Top 10 most Retweeted Tweets for 2015:

Key hashtags also drove the Canadian Twitter conversation in 2015. Here are the Top 10 most used “Made in Canada” hashtags that Canadians used in 2015:

  1. #cdnpoli - Canadian federal politics
  2. #BellLetsTalk - Mental health
  3. #elxn42 - 42nd general election
  4. #BlueJays - Toronto Blue Jays baseball
  5. #ComeTogether - Toronto Blue Jays baseball 
  6. #FIFAWWC - FIFA Women’s World Cup
  7. #GoHabsGo - Montreal Canadiens hockey
  8. #habs - Montreal Canadiens hockey
  9. #TMLTalk - Toronto Maple Leafs hockey
  10. #TO2015 - 2015 Pan Am Games

Canada’s Top Tweeters for 2015

2015 was a year of milestones for Canadians on Twitter. @JustinBieber became just the second Twitter account to hit the 70 million follower mark (@katyperry is the other). #6GOD @Drake surpassed 25 million followers while Twitter fave @carlyraejepsen passed 10 million followers. 

Several other Canadians hit the 1,000,000 follower mark in 2015: 

Canadian newsmakers across the country picked up thousands of new Twitter followers in 2015. Here is a quick snapshot of most followed Canadian on Twitter, as of early December 2015. 

Canadian Politicians

  1. Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister - @JustinTrudeau
  2. Stephen Harper, MP for Calgary Heritage - @stephenharper
  3. Naheed Nenshi, Calgary mayor - @nenshi
  4. Denis Codere, Montreal mayor - @DenisCodere
  5. Elizabeth May, Federal Green Party leader and MP for Saanich—Gulf Islands - @ElizabethMay

Canadian Musicians

  1. Justin Bieber - @JustinBieber
  2. Drake - @drake
  3. Avril Lavigne - @avrillavigne
  4. Carly Rae Jepsen - @carlyraejepsen
  5. Shawn Mendes - @ShawnMendes

Canadian Professional Athletes

  1. Georges St-Pierre, UFC - @GeorgesStPierre
  2. P.K. Subban, NHL - @PKSubban1
  3. Roberto Luongo, NHL - @strombone1
  4. Genie Bouchard, ATP - @geniebouchard
  5. Steven Stamkos, NHL - @RealStamkos91

Canadian Professional Sports Teams

  1. Toronto Blue Jays, Major League Baseball - @BlueJays
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL - @MapleLeafs
  3. Montreal Canadiens, NHL - @CanadiensMTL
  4. Toronto Raptors, NBA - @Raptors
  5. Vancouver Canucks, NHL - @VanCanucks