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Canada App Market Statistics in 2021

Canada App Market Statistics in 2021

Last update: 17 Apr 2021 CET
Canada App Market Statistics in 2021 for Android

The Canadian App Market has a lot of similarities to the US one, therefore tech companies all over the globe often turn to Canadian to run a soft launch before expanding their app audience. While companies like BlackBerry Limited, VSCO, Kik, and Tango all call Canada home, many other international brands – such as Pandora, Samsung, and ESPN – have all turned to the “Great White North” to handle their mobile development needs.

In this article, we will provide a number of detailed app statistics and insights into the Canada Android app market with focus on apps only. We will cover a number of topics, including: how many Canadian app publishers exist on the Google Play Store, how many apps they have released, and how Canadian apps have performed compared to the global average. The data is aggregated based on address, such that only major app publishers and ones with valid Canadian addresses on the Android market have been considered. Furthermore, all download statistics are estimates.

How Many App Publishers Are from Canada?

There are more than 7,608 Canadian publishers on Google Play out of all 952,078 app publishers. One of the biggest Canadian publishers are Budge Studios, Zynga, SEGA, Unico Studio, MobilityWare, Ludia Inc., Hothead Games, Aeria Canada, Max Games Studios, Kabam Games Inc. . Less than 1% of all app publishers on Google Play are from Canada. Find the biggest app publishers with our App Market Explorer.

Percentage
Globally
Canadian
Publishers
vs
Total
Publishers

How Many Apps Are from Canadian App Publishers?

There are more than 24,710 apps from Canadian publishers on Google Play out of the 3,038,547 apps. Apps with most downloads of Canadian publishers are Shop: package & order tracker, Wealthsimple Trade: Buy & Sell Stocks, Tim Hortons, MISTPLAY: Rewards For Playing Games, SkipTheDishes - Food Delivery, Canadian Tire, Shakepay: Buy Bitcoin in Canada, ArriveCAN, Snapchat, PC Optimum . 1% of all apps on Google Play are from Canadian publishers. Filter for apps by publisher country with our tool here.

Percentage
Globally
Canadian Apps
vs
Total Apps

How Are Apps from Canadian Publishers Rated?

The average rating of 24,710 apps from Canadian publishers on Google Play is 2.97 out of 5 stars. This is less than the overall average rating of all apps of 3.43 stars. Apps from Canadian publishers on Google Play have on average 3,213 ratings. This number is higher than the average number of ratings of all apps, which is 1,257 ratings. Sort by the best rated app or by the app with most ratings directly in our App Market Explorer.

Average rating of
Canadian Apps
2.97 stars
Average #Ratings of
Canadian Apps
Average rating of
All Apps
3.43 stars
Average #Ratings of
All Apps

How Focused Are Canadian Publishers on Apps vs. Games?

78% of released apps by Canadian publishers are apps and 22% are games. That means the focus is more on apps than on games. Compared to the worldwide market, Canadian publishers focus more on games with 22% of releases compared to all publishers that focus 13% on games. Use our full App Market Explorer to filter for the most successful mobile apps and games.

Apps78% Games22%
Apps87% Games13%

How Many Downloads Do Apps from Canadian Publishers Get?

Apps by Canadian publishers have an average of 371.19k downloads. Overall they get more downloads than the average of all apps which is 175.69k. We offer also more detailed download estimates for any app.

Download Statistics
Average Downloads Per Canadian App
Average Downloads Per App

How Do Canadian Apps Monetize?

15% of apps by Canadian publishers are paid. That is a higher value of paid apps compared to the overall apps, where 3% are paid. 24% of apps by Canadian publishers include ads. That is a lower value compared to the whole world, where 39% have ads. 12% of apps by Canadian publishers make use of In-App Payments to monetize. That is higher than the average of 4%.

Paid Apps Canadian Paid Apps15% Overall Paid Apps3%
Ads Canadian Include Ads24% Overall Include Ads39%
In-App Billing Canadian In-App Billing12% Overall In-App Billing4%

Do Canadian Publishers Release on both iOS and Android?

50% of apps of Canadian publishers are available on both Google Play and iTunes. Overall they put more effort in publishing on both stores, compared to the average publisher with 26%. Use our iOS to Android Matching API or Android to iOS Matching API to find the same app across stores.

Canadian Apps
Available on Both Stores
Overall Apps
Available on Both Stores

Who Are the Top 10 Canadian Publishers Based on Downloads?

The following are the top publishers from Canada that accumulated most downloads.

1 ANT+

ANT+ is on position 1 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. They own 8 apps that have been downloaded together more than 2.9b+ times.

2.9b+
8
2 Snap Inc

Snap Inc is on position 2 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Snap Inc. is a technology and camera company founded in Santa Monica, California. Their most popular product is the Snapchat app, but their portfolio includes other offerings, such as Spectacles and Bitmoji. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 1.48b+ times.

1.48b+
1
3 Tango

Tango is on position 3 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Tango is a leading mobile video platform based in Canada. They were founded in 2009 as the first cross-platform voice and video-calling app. Tango has produced Tango - Live Video Broadcasts and Blackjack for Tango. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 280.42m+ times.

280.42m+
1
4 Pandora

Pandora is on position 4 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Founded in 2000, Pandora is an American music streaming and online radio service that offers automated music recommendations. It enables users to provide positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, the feedback is then taken into account in the subsequent selection of other songs. Pandora has published Pandora - Streaming Music, Radio & Podcasts, Pandora Music for TV, and Pandora® Radio for Google TV. They own 3 apps that have been downloaded together more than 274.99m+ times.

274.99m+
3
5 Bitmoji

Bitmoji is on position 5 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 222.2m+ times.

222.2m+
1
6 Wattpad.com

Wattpad.com is on position 6 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. It is Wattpad’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories. Their flagship app is the world’s leading social storytelling platform. Wattpad.com is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Wattpad.com has developed Wattpad – Books & Stories, Wattpad Beta, and Tap by Wattpad - Interactive Story Community. They own 3 apps that have been downloaded together more than 191.15m+ times.

191.15m+
3
7 Kik Interactive

Kik Interactive is on position 7 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Kik was founded in 2009 by a group of students from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. It was their mission to develop an app that could enable chat between Blackberry, Android, and iPhone users, which, at the time, was not possible. Kik Interactive is responsible for the app Kik. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 161.54m+ times.

161.54m+
1
8 Psiphon Inc.

Psiphon Inc. is on position 8 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. Psiphon Inc. is a Canadian app developer that offers a free and open-source Internet censorship circumvention tool. It is a centrally managed and geographically diverse network of thousands of proxy servers that leverages an architecture geared towards performance. Psiphon Inc. has published Psiphon Pro - The Internet Freedom VPN and Psiphon. They own 2 apps that have been downloaded together more than 142.67m+ times.

142.67m+
2
9 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is on position 9 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. They own 8 apps that have been downloaded together more than 141.52m+ times.

141.52m+
8
10 VSCO

VSCO is on position 10 of the biggest Canadian app publishers. VSCO is a mobile app developer that focuses primarily on photography. Founded in 2011 by Joel Flory and Greg Lutze, VSCO’s app enables users to capture and edit photos in-app using preset filters and editing tools. VSCO is the developer behind the VSCO app. They own a single app that has been downloaded more than 105.73m+ times.

105.73m+
1

What Are the Most Used SDKs by Canadian Publishers?

The following shows which SDKs are most used by Canada app publishers. To find out which apps integrate the following SDK use our App Market Explorer. We have also aggregated the worldwide Top Ad Network SDKs and other categories.

1 Google Firebase

68% of apps from Canadian publishers have Google Firebase integrated. In total 13,880 apps. Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform SDK that gives app builders the ability to develop their apps faster, without worrying about infrastructure. It includes functionalities like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so developers can move quickly and focus on their users.

68
13880
2 OkHttp

42% of apps from Canadian publishers have OkHttp integrated. In total 8,511 apps. OkHttp is an open source project designed to be an efficient HTTP client. It's also easy to use. OkHttp’s request/response API is designed with fluent builders and immutability. It supports both synchronous blocking calls and async calls with callbacks.

42
8511
3 Firebase Cloud Messaging

41% of apps from Canadian publishers have Firebase Cloud Messaging integrated. In total 8,404 apps. Firebase Cloud Messaging is a cross-platform messaging solution developed by Google that lets app developers reliably deliver messages at no cost. With Firebase Cloud Messaging, app developers can notify a client app that new email or other data is available to sync, and drive user re-engagement and retention with notification messages.

41
8404
4 Android Support Library V4

40% of apps from Canadian publishers have Android Support Library V4 integrated. In total 8,121 apps. Android Support Library V4, developed by Google’s Android team, is a platform that helps app developers manage the release of new API versions. Rather than developing code to handle the provisioning of new features on earlier releases, developers can leverage Android Support Library V4 to provide that compatibility layer.

40
8121
5 Google Ads AdMob

33% of apps from Canadian publishers have Google Ads AdMob integrated. In total 6,771 apps. Google Ads AdMob is a mobile advertising platform that enables users to monetize their mobile applications via in-app advertising. AdMob is based on the Google Mobile Ads SDK and serves over 200 billion ad requests a month, with over 1 million advertisers and 1 million apps currently running on the AdMob mobile ad network.

33
6771
6 gson

31% of apps from Canadian publishers have gson integrated. In total 6,396 apps. Gson is a Google-developed Java library that app developers can leverage to convert Java Objects into their JSON representation, and vice versa. It works with arbitrary Java objects, including pre-existing objects of which developers do not have the source-code.

31
6396
7 ZXing

26% of apps from Canadian publishers have ZXing integrated. In total 5,334 apps. ZXing – also known as “zebra crossing” – is an open-source, multi-format barcode image processing library implemented in Java, with ports to other languages. It supports 1D product, 1D industrial, and 2D barcodes.

26
5334
8 Android Design Support Library

25% of apps from Canadian publishers have Android Design Support Library integrated. In total 5,164 apps. Android Design Support Library, developed by Google’s Android team, provides app developers with an API to support adding material design components and patterns to their apps. The Design Support library helps app developers address various material design components and patterns, such as navigation drawers, floating action buttons, snackbars, and tabs.

25
5164
9 Firebase Crashlytics Fabric

24% of apps from Canadian publishers have Firebase Crashlytics Fabric integrated. In total 4,887 apps. Fabric Crashlytics is the most powerful, lightest weight crash reporting SDK on the market. App developers that leverage Fabric Crashlytics are able to spend less time finding crashes and more time fixing them.

24
4887
10 Facebook

23% of apps from Canadian publishers have Facebook integrated. In total 4,794 apps. Facebook offers an SDK that helps app developers build engaging social apps and get more installs. The SDK enables everything from powerful analytics, to Facebook’s secure login feature, to Facebook ads.

23
4794

What Are the Most Used Android App Permissions by Canadian Publishers?

The following shows which android permissions are most frequently request by Canada app publishers. Use our App Market Explorer to filter the Google Play Store by apps with specific permissions.

1 Internet Access

android.permission.INTERNET makes it possible for app publishers to create network sockets and use custom network protocols within their apps. This permission is not required for internet connection however, as the mobile browser provides all apps with the ability to send data to the internet. 100% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Internet Access permission. Total 28,353 apps.

100
28353
2 Network Information Access

The android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permission can be leveraged by app developers to enable their apps to view information about network connections. This information includes such things as which networks exist and which already have connections. 100% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Network Information Access permission. Total 25,357 apps.

100
25357
3 Phone Sleep Mode Preventation

android.permission.WAKE_LOCK gives apps the ability to prevent the phone they are running on from going into sleep mode. This is good for apps, like YouTube, that get extended periods of engagement that do not necessarily require the user to touch the screen or otherwise interact physically with the device. 78% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission. Total 19,308 apps.

78
19308
4 Write External Storage

android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE makes it possible for app developers to enable their apps to modify or delete the contents of users’ SD cards. 73% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Write External Storage permission. Total 17,967 apps.

73
17967
5 Push Notification

com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE can be used within apps to allow them to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app’s service. It should be noted however, that using this service will incur data usage, and malicious apps could cause excess data usage. 61% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Push Notification permission. Total 15,096 apps.

61
15096
6 Read External Storage

The android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission allows app developers to enable their apps to read the contents of user SD cards. 53% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Read External Storage permission. Total 12,982 apps.

53
12982
7 Vibration

android.permission.VIBRATE makes it possible for app builders to give their apps control over the vibrating function of the devices they are running on. 42% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Vibration permission. Total 10,318 apps.

42
10318
8 Install Referrer

Apps often advertise other apps. By leveraging com.google.android.finsky.permission.BIND_GET_INSTALL_REFERRER_SERVICE apps can make sure that installs of other apps launched via their ads are properly attributed. 41% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Install Referrer permission. Total 10,081 apps.

41
10081
9 Wifi Information Access

App publishers can leverage android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE to enable their app to view information about Wi-Fi networking. This includes whether Wi-Fi is enabled and the names of the connected Wi-Fi devices. 40% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Wifi Information Access permission. Total 9,894 apps.

40
9894
10 Fine Location Access

With android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION apps can find the precise location of the devices they are running on. In other words, apps can figure out where their users are. This is achieved using GPS or network location sources, like Wi-Fi and cell towers. However, in order for these location services to function, users must turn them on. 37% of the apps from Canadian publishers use the Fine Location Access permission. Total 9,130 apps.

37
9130

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play apps top chart of Canada. 20% of the top apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 10 Apps in Canada's Grossing Top Chart?

The following shows the official Google Play Grossing top chart of Canada. There are no apps from Canadian publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Social Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play social top chart of Canada. 13% of the top social apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked News Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play news top chart of Canada. 47% of the top news apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Travel Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play travel top chart of Canada. 20% of the top travel apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Shopping Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play shopping top chart of Canada. 40% of the top shopping apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Lifestyle Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play lifestyle top chart of Canada. 13% of the top lifestyle apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Business Apps in Canada?

The following shows the official Google Play business top chart of Canada. 13% of the top business apps in Canada are from Canadian app publishers. See the full chart here.