We know it seems like Kijiji has been part of your life forever, but actually, we’ve only been around since 2005! That means that we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this year.
We’re proud of how much Kijiji has grown in the past ten years. The website we started in Montreal and Quebec City on February 28, 2005 was a small operation, but it reached the rest of the country in just a few months. Today, we’re active in over 100 Canadian cities and our website registers over 12 million unique visitors per month, which translates to 24 million eyeballs a month, if our calculations are correct.
These numbers are impressive, but our greatest achievement and source of pride is you - our trusted and beloved Kijiji community. Any person that has ever visited our website, posted an ad or responded to a listing is part of our wide and inclusive community, which now includes 40% of Canada’s Internet population – not bad for a homegrown operation!
But we’re much more than just a buy-and-sell platform – our ten-year history is full of inspiring and heartwarming stories. Just a few weeks ago, Kijiji was instrumental in reuniting Jason Green with his mother after 25 years apart. There are countless other tales of people coming together and helping each other through Kijiji, which overwhelms us with joy.
When we started our site, we didn’t choose the name “Kijiji” at random. Our name means “village” in Swahili, and we selected it because it symbolized the essence of what we wanted to create – a site where people could connect with each other within their community. Today, Kijiji is exactly that kind of website, and it’s all thanks to you.
The fun doesn’t stop there - after all, what’s a birthday without a party? To show how grateful we are, we’ve planned a pretty awesome ten-year celebration. We struggled to find the words to describe a party that celebrates how Kijiji users have contributed not only to our site, but also to their local community–so we made one up! Learn more about the Kijij community (or Kijijity!) here and join the fun.