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No American Super Bowl Commercials in Canada Again This Year

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots former player Ty Law before Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canada will once again miss out on American Commercials during the Super Bowl this year.


Due to the renegotiated trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico, Canadians will no longer be able to watch American Super Bowl commercials. In Chapter 15 of the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Canada has agreed to remove a Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) policy that banned broadcasters (such as CTV and TSN) from replacing U.S. ads with Canadian ones (also called simultaneous substitution or “simsub”).

The popular rule was placed in 2016 so Canadian viewers could enjoy the same commercials that American viewers saw during the big game. This lead to a lot of loss revenues with broadcasters.

Now that the ban has been lifted, Canadian broadcasters can once again replace American Super Bowl ads with their own – in turn generating more revenue for the broadcaster.


CTV (along with CTV2 and all TSN stations) will have Canadian broadcast rights for Super Bowl LV. They will “simsub” the American broadcaster and replace most, if not all, their commercials.

You should still expect Canada to get some decent commercials. We may not have a strong showing of Doritos, or GoDaddy ads, but expect to see a lot of the large movie trailers to still air in Canada.

Super Bowl LV will air on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Canadian artist THE WEEKND will headline the half time show.

So where can I see the American Super Bowl Commercials? As always, make sure to visit us the day after the Super Bowl. We’ll have a round up of all the commercials you missed.

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