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New Mobile Application Available

Available as of this morning in the iTunes Store is the brand new mobile application for finding businesses and people with some cool new features, such as auto category selection, map based viewing of results, more added content and a completely brand new user interface.

Here are some screenshots of the application: Mobile Application on itunes

Find a People Using Mobile Application Application Map View Detailed Merchant Page on Mobile

In November I posted on my blog and update on the fact that there were over 1/2 Million downloads and 3 reasons why Canadian love this application (click to read the original post). This release of the application stays consistent with those 3 reasons which include;

Simplicity – this version of the application remains true to its core of key functions that allow a user to get to the information they need.

Content – with a focus on videos, photos and more content coming soon, it displays the information that users want to see to help them make better decisions

Usability – with this upgrade comes a more user centric focus.

What do you think? Does this application hit the mark? Would be interested to hear your comments.

iPhone Application – Canadian People Finder Now Available

Canada’s original find a person website, is now available on through iTunes for your iPhone and iPod. Just like your white pages, this application allow you to search for any person in Canada, coast to coast.

Features include:

– two search boxes, who and where (search by city keyword, neighborhood or GPS search)
– search businesses nearby a person’s location
– save information in your MyFavs or your Address Book
– application features business search with additional enhanced information
– Canada’s only integrated business and people Reverse Look-up Feature

Canada 411

Canadian People Finder

Available for free. Click here to launch your iTunes.

A Canadian First – Blackberry Application Featuring People Search

Canada 411 - Canadian People Search

Released over this past weekend was a very cool blackberry application from Yellow Pages Group. The application can be downloaded directly to your blackberry at ( – please note that this link is blackberry specific, if you try to access through a web browser it will tell you that your devise is not supported.

This application features the leading directory services in Canada, YellowPages – for finding a business, Canada411 for finding a person, and a blended Reverse Lookup for finding both people and businesses.

Compatible with the newest blackberries and backward compatible to previous generations, this application automatically detects your device and installs the features that are compatible. For example, GPS search is enabled on devices with GPS, non GPS blackberries won’t see this option.

Lastly, the application auto detects your language settings and is available in French and English – pretty cool stuff.

Some of the high-level features include:

– tab between Business, People and Reverse Lookup
– save listing information through MyFavs or directly to your blackberry address book or both
– people search with integrated find businesses nearby (surprise your date with flowers on the way)
– GPS search (for devices where this is enabled)
– direct connect to Voice Search (no charge usage) if you are on the go

Application is completely free to download and overall is pretty cool and puts the most up to date Business and People information in Canada at your fingertips.

If you are interested, check out other neat local Canadian search applications.

Harper, Dion, Layton, Duceppe and May … A Online Directories View of Canada’s Political Leaders

The last week in Canada has been one heck of a political ride with the economic update leading to a coalition opposition looking to take power from the reigning Conservative government. If you want to read about the full week of details, check out The Globe and Mails Political section.

Got me wondering, with these 5 political leaders in a history making battle, what would Canada’s leading directories tell us about these political leaders and their names.


To recap, here are the players (there names link to Wikipedia, if you want to read more about them):

Stephan Harper, Conservative Leader and Current Prime Minister

Stéphane Dion, Liberal Leader and Proposed New Prime Minister

Jack Layton, Leader of The New Democrats

Gilles Duceppe, Leader of the Bloc Québécois

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Greens

Now that we have the players, what can we learn about their last names?

Let’s start with Canada 411, Canada’s most used people finder directory. I will conduct a search for each political leaders last name within the country and the top 2 provinces that contain that last name. Here are the results (if you want to see the full results, click on the name below):

Harper in Canada – 3150 results with the most coming from Harper in Ontario (1505) followed by Harper in British Columbia (476).

Dion in Canada – 13,042 results with the most coming from Dion in Quebec (10,979) followed by Dion in Ontario (1065).

Layton in Canada – 395 results with the most coming from Layton in Ontario (134) followed by Layton in Alberta (105).

Duceppe in Canada – 100 results with the coming from for Duceppe in Quebec (99) followed by Duceppe in Alberta (1).

May in Canada – 12,260 results with the most coming from May in Ontario (5017) followed by May in Quebec (2481).

Now, let’s turn our focus on business searches searches using – Canada’s Most Used business directory. For these searches, we have filtered based on businesses that contain the last name of our 5 political leaders along with the top 2 most references business categories. Here are the results:

Harper in Canada – 156 results with the most common business heading being Engines-Diesel (12) and Lawyers (12) followed by General Contractors (6).

Dion in Canada – 436 results with the most common business heading being Dentists (22) followed by Auto Repair Garages (21).

Layton in Canada – 37 results with the most common business heading being Dentists (5) followed by Lawyers (3) and Roofing Contractors (3).

Duceppe in Canada – 6 results with the most common business heading being Theaters (3) followed by Lawyers (2).

May in Canada – 1734 results with the most common business heading being Lawyers (54) followed by Restaurants (50).

So there you have it, the 5 political leaders in Canada looked at from the view of Canada’s directories.

Check out Canada’s Top 20 Surnames Dissected if you are interested in more numbers.

Canada’s Top 20 Surnames Dissected

UPDATED: January 1, 2013 with data from top cities.

Ever wonder what are the most common names and Canada and how many people are listed in the White Pages in Canada who match those surnames. I figure there are at least a few of you who would be interested in this information, so here it is.

This list of top 20 common Canadian surnames was pulled from Wikipedia and in the order listed there.

Surname Canadian Count Matched Search Page
Li 71,074 Li in Canada
Smith 61,302 Smith in Canada
Lam 41,402 Lam in Canada
Martin 41,474 Martin in Canada
Brown 38,303 Brown in Canada
Roy 35,665 Roy in Canada
Tremblay 39,343 Tremblay in Canada
Lee 28,343 Lee in Canada
Gagnon 30,429 Gagnon in Canada
Wilson 25,984 Wilson in Canada
Clark 25,358 Clark in Canada
Johnson 24,635 Johnson in Canada
White 22,726 White in Canada
Williams 23,713 Williams in Canada
Cote 26,781 Cote in Canada
Taylor 22,372 Taylor in Canada
Campbell 21,874 Campbell in Canada
Anderson 21,229 Anderson in Canada
Chan 20,995 Chan in Canada
Jones 21,384 Jones in Canada

Turns out that Wikipedia is pretty darn close in terms of the order of the top 20 surnames.

On a personal note, if you conduct a search for my last “Sieben in Canada” there are 412 of us listed in the Phonebook.


New for 2013, I thought I would expand the above list to see where those top 20 surnames rank in terms of some of Canada’s top cities.

Here is the data:

Surname Toronto Count Matched Search Page
Li 7,082 Li in Toronto
Smith 2,902 Smith in Toronto
Lam 1,805 Lam in Toronto
Martin 1,880 Martin in Toronto
Brown 2,323 Brown in Toronto
Roy 327 Roy in Toronto
Tremblay 57 Tremblay in Toronto
Lee 3,331 Lee in Toronto
Gagnon 71 Gagnon in Toronto
Wilson 1,351 Wilson in Toronto
Clark 1,397 Clark in Toronto
Johnson 1,000 Johnson in Toronto
White 1,068 White in Toronto
Williams 1,714 Williams in Toronto
Cote 66 Cote in Toronto
Taylor 1,152 Taylor in Toronto
Campbell 1,230 Campbell in Toronto
Anderson 786 Anderson in Toronto
Chan 3,190 Chan in Toronto
Jones 1,129 Jones in Toronto

Let’s take a look at the results for Montreal

Surname Montreal Count Matched Search Page
Li 1,977 Li in Montreal
Smith 429 Smith in Montreal
Lam 2,154 Lam in Montreal
Martin 1,635 Martin in Montreal
Brown 288 Brown in Montreal
Roy 1,806 Roy in Montreal
Tremblay 2,188 Tremblay in Montreal
Lee 391 Lee in Montreal
Gagnon 1,671 Gagnon in Montreal
Wilson 171 Wilson in Montreal
Clark 175 Clark in Montreal
Johnson 204 Johnson in Montreal
White 170 White in Montreal
Williams 232 Williams in Montreal
Cote 1,435 Cote in Montreal
Taylor 137 Taylor in Montreal
Campbell 138 Campbell in Montreal
Anderson 111 Anderson in Montreal
Chan 465 Chan in Montreal
Jones 167 Jones in Montreal

And finally the results for Vancouver

Surname Vancouver Count Matched Search Page
Li 1,981 Li in Vancouver
Smith 438 Smith in Vancouver
Lam 556 Lam in Vancouver
Martin 231 Martin in Vancouver
Brown 274 Brown in Vancouver
Roy 30 Roy in Vancouver
Tremblay 17 Tremblay in Vancouver
Lee 1,322 Lee in Vancouver
Gagnon 15 Gagnon in Vancouver
Wilson 207 Wilson in Vancouver
Clark 214 Clark in Vancouver
Johnson 219 Johnson in Vancouver
White 138 White in Vancouver
Williams 180 Williams in Vancouver
Cote 10 Cote in Vancouver
Taylor 204 Taylor in Vancouver
Campbell 205 Campbell in Vancouver
Anderson 186 Anderson in Vancouver
Chan 1,504 Chan in Vancouver
Jones 196 Jones in Vancouver

So the question is – how many people are listed with your last name? Enter your name below and hit “Find”, this will launch a new search browser and look in the right to see how many people match your surname.

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Interested in seeing how popular your surname is in the United States? Check out the link provided to Launches Affiliate Program in French and English has launched its affiliate program. This program has all the standard IAB sizes for search bricks, the ability to select between stand-alone or and integrated bricks in both French and English.

A versatile program for any website that has local traffic in Canada and definitely one program to look for. Currently the program is invite only, so if you are interested in joining – send me your website via my comments and I will forward directly to the affiliate manager.

For full program details – please visit

You can see an working example at

Here are some examples of the types of search bricks you can select – note I will only display bricks that fit within my blog. The affiliate program contains all the major search brick sizes including; 234×60, 728×90, 468×60, 180×150, 300×250, 336×228, 250×250 and 300×140.

180×150 – English Search Brick


300×250 – English and Search Brick


336×228 French Search Brick


250×250 French and Search Brick