Shortly after Valentine’s Day, the site released its annual ranking of post-secondary schools with the highest number of sugar babies.
The University of Toronto ranked first with 133 new sign-ups in 2015 for a total of 594 sugar babies.
University of Guelph came second with 122 sign-ups and 479 sugar babies, while tech giant University of Waterloo was last with 22 sign-ups and 152 sugar babies.
Hannah, busy with her studies at York, opts to provide companionship to one man at a time and agrees to meet between five and six times a month. I’m vegetarian and they have the best veggie burgers. And we eat a lot of pizza.” She can’t see him much on account of the distance between Toronto and Ottawa.
Most recently, she dated a 46-year-old Quebecer who lives in Ottawa. Her $1,000 allowance, however, is deposited directly into her bank account, every month, on the 15.
Brook Urick, a spokesperson for SA explains that sugar babies set their desired allowance on their profile in a section called ‘Expectations.’ “The options range from negotiable, low, moderate, high.
This is only an indicator of how much they expect, or would like to receive in gifts and allowances,” she said.
Last March, 20-year-old art history student Hannah joined Seeking (SA) and became a “sugar baby,” a well-paid companion to older men called “sugar daddies.” A friend urged her to sign up because Hannah’s finances were tight.
Since then the York University student has earned ,000 in taxable income.
Asked why she chose sugaring, as the practice is called on SA’s blog, over the demanding retail job she held in college, Hannah replies, “It’s quite enriching.
When you hang out with people who are older they have wisdom to share.” In addition to knowledge, the three sugar daddies she connected with in 2015 each gave her a monthly allowance that paid for her textbooks and basic living expenses. (Her identity isn’t being revealed to protect her privacy.) Hannah isn’t alone.
SA claims that, as of December 31, 2015, more than 156,000 male and female students across Canada were registered on the site, an 11 per cent increase from a year earlier.
While the number of registrants, which has not been independently verified from the stats that SA has provided, does seem unusually high, the company attributes this to the 3.2 per cent rise in university tuition and says that sugaring eases the financial burden and subsequent stress of post-secondary education.
The site is LGBT friendly and has about 10 per cent LGBT users.