A group of YouTube creators are seen during an interview in the new YouTube Space in Toronto on Tuesday April 26, 2016. (Photo by Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press)
TORONTO - YouTube has proven to be fertile ground for a growing crop of Canadian content creators whose videos have amassed millions of views on the streaming service.
Now, some homegrown personalities who film out of their kitchens and living rooms will have a dedicated hub to call their own with the first-ever YouTube Space in Canada.
The downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College will house the newly launched 3,500 square-foot facility, which YouTube creators will be able to access free of charge.
Events are slated to be held throughout the year for creators of every subscriber level. Those with channels that have more than 1,000 subscribers can attend workshops and events. Creators with more than 10,000 subscribers can also apply to use the production facilities and participate in additional programs.
Similar spaces also exist in London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Berlin and Paris.
Liam Collins, head of YouTube Spaces for the Americas, said the goal is to bring content creators together to "learn, create and connect." To that end, workshops are held at the spaces on everything from how to light a green screen to how to grow audiences and make money from the service.