We could not be more excited to announce that Nextdoor, the world’s largest private network for neighbours, has officially launched in Canada! Canadians are demonstrating the strongest excitement and adoption that Nextdoor has ever seen leading up to the official launch. In fact, Nextdoor Canada had the longest waitlist of any country we’ve launched and many Canadian members are already using the platform to accomplish amazing things.
Mark from Nextdoor Mahogany in Calgary, Alberta helped his son meet other kids in the neighbourhood and even found a youth group for his daughters to join. And Tom from Nextdoor Carson Grove/Viscount-Alexander Park in Ottawa used Nextdoor to organize weekly meetups at his local pub so he and his wife could make some new friends. Pretty awesome, eh?
While the early adoption of Nextdoor Canada is outstanding, it’s certainly no surprise as Canada is often thought to be one of the most neighbourly and welcoming countries. A study conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Nextdoor found that 83 per cent of Canadians consider themselves neighbourly. The only issue is, nearly 40 per cent of Canadians only know one or two of their neighbours! We’re hoping Nextdoor can break the ice (just in time for hockey season) so neighbours can get to know each other and make meaningful connections with the people who live next door, and even two doors down.
With all of the excitement exploding across Canada, we’re also proud to introduce Christopher Doyle, Nextdoor’s first Canadian Country Manager. Chistopher joins us from Twitter where he was the Head of Partnerships, and will lead the Canadian team including Nextdoor’s first set of international engineers. Growing up in St. Marys, Ontario, Christopher’s experience with community was one where every single neighbour knew each other and looked out for each other. Now a proud dad to four kids, he’s seen the need for deeper and more meaningful connection at the local level. Along with his wife, Karina, they’re deeply involved in their children’s activities, along with their local parish community in Whitby, Ontario and feel the need to be even more deeply connected.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Nextdoor team in Canada, where so many members have already embraced the platform to date. It’s proof that Canadians are craving new ways to find trusted, useful, and relevant local information, form relationships in the real world, and build safer, happier places to call home,” said Christopher.
Nextdoor believes in the power of local. It’s what brings people to our platform and what is making it an essential part of neighbours’ lives across 247,000 neighbourhoods in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and now Canada. Built on trust and privacy, Nextdoor is made up of real people at real addresses requiring members to use their name and verifying each member’s address. This encourages neighbours to build deeper relationships, be their better selves online, participate in healthy and productive dialogue, and help each other in their daily lives.
At Nextdoor, we find that when neighbours come together, good things happen.
Want to get started on Nextdoor?
Signing up is both easy and secure. Neighbours in Canada can download the app or visit nextdoor.ca and enter their address to locate their neighbourhood. If a Nextdoor neighbourhood has already been started in their area, they can immediately verify and sign up. But if a member is registered using a verified address in an area where a Nextdoor neighbourhood has not yet been established, they can easily become the Founding Member and bring Nextdoor to their neighbourhood.
Do you own a local business? You should get it up and running on Nextdoor!
Nextdoor also provides local businesses a unique platform where they can participate in neighbourhood conversations, build trusted relationships, and meet neighbours’ everyday needs. To date, there have been over 40 million recommendations for core local businesses on Nextdoor, and we’re proud to bring this platform to Canada to help businesses build local reputation, attract new customers, drive incremental sales and improve customer loyalty.
Nextdoor’s Public Services Platform helps Canadians stay informed
Thousands of public agencies around the world already use Nextdoor as a way to get critical information out to their residents both on a daily basis, and when disasters strike. Nextdoor’s free Public Services Platform allows city and provincial agencies to build strong ties with the neighbourhoods they serve. Nextdoor is proud that Canada will be the first new country to launch with the Public Services Platform available to members. Organizations including the Canadian Red Cross have already signed on to help Canadians from coast to coast stay informed and prepared.
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