But when you strip it down, it sounds more like: 1 in 10 Canadian students are technically "sex workers".
According to stats Canada there are approximately 2,054,943 university students in this country. And 206,800 students, are registered on that matches Sugars Daddies with Sugar Babies (That has to be the worst word ever invented.)
Some say it isn't sex work, but it's an allowance in exchange for a relationship, so that's pretty fuckin' close. Although not all arrangements include sex. Each "relationship" has its own informal contract with their own set of rules.
Here are the Canadians universities with the most Sugar Babies:
University of Toronto
University of Guelph
University of Ottawa
University of Alberta
University of Saskatchewan
University of Victoria
Now for the important question. How much money can you make from being a sugar baby? (Seriously, worst word ever!)
Apparently, the average amount is about $2,700 a month, plus gifts.
So I guess it's obvious why students are doing this. Or perhaps its because there are no jobs for young Canadians. And even the jobs that are available, don't pay enough for students to support themselves, which is why they have seeking out non-traditional employment options.
Last week, Boudreau told MTL Blog she was in a "very stressful situation" since her main source of income is OnlyFans. She also said she didn't put in an offer on a converted church she was considering buying in case she didn't have a job in a few months' time.
So how is Boudreau feeling about OnlyFans and the state of the sex work industry now?
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While Boudreau no longer has to worry about losing 95% of her monthly income, she told Narcity Québec that sex workers are left with the lingering feeling of being "used" by OnlyFans.
"I was very shocked that they were banning porn because that's what made them famous and made them rich. They made a lot of money off of us and now they're telling us, 'Bye, we don't need you anymore,'" Boudreau said.
"After three days, they tell us 'No, we want you, come.' We feel really used. We feel like they are laughing at us. It's completely ridiculous because this is our job. [...] It is not done. We feel we are being manipulated and then we feel like going elsewhere."
Boudreau said she believes OnlyFans suspended the planned changes after seeing how many sex workers spoke out about leaving the platform or creating their own platforms. She said OnlyFans likely saw how much money they'd lose with creators closing their accounts due to the news.
"It's like if Lay's announces they're not selling chips anymore and everyone says, "Come on, what are you going to sell us?" Lay's announces they're just selling us the empty bag. Everyone is like, "But we're buying Lay's because we want the chips and not the bag," Boudreau said.
She said she's learned that you can't rely on platforms — OnlyFans or otherwise. That's why, she said, she has Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and more "as backups because you never know if OnlyFans is going to close overnight."
"It's hard enough being in sex work. We get bashed, ridiculed, judged and our own platform kicks us out. It's really hard on morale sometimes," Boudreau said.
"Even if OnlyFans bans us, even if we lose our Instagram or our Facebook, porn and sex are still going to exist. I don't see why every platform is fighting to erase us. [...] The world buys our content, so we're not the ones to blame. It's supply and demand."
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In an email shared with MTL Blog, OnlyFans said the changes are being made because of requests from banking partners and payout providers. Nudity, it said, will still be allowed if it's consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy.
But OnlyFans is facing backlash on Twitter where people are accusing the platform of building itself on the backs of sex workers only to kick them to the curb.
"Building a platform on the backs of sex workers and then leaving said sex workers high and dry- it's a tale as old as time," said Michelle Shnaidman, CEO and founder of Bellesa, in a statement. "We at Bellesa are deeply dedicated to both the empowerment of content creators and the destigmatization of sex work."
Bellesa's Creators Platform is set to launch on Bellesa Plus this fall. Content creators will be able to earn money and tips from subscribers, which Bellesa said places "the power in the hands of creators."
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.