Canada is the country north of the United States of America on the map of the world, contained in North America.
Despite Canada never being referred to explicitly, it is the country of origin of The Next Step. Such can be interpreted from the use of Canadian money, the shots of Toronto during transition scenes, and the Canadian vernacular that is used excessively on the show.
Although never explicitly confirmed, Canada is the main setting of The Next Step. Canadian vernacular is used extensively by the main characters, most notably Josh, who has a very thick stereotypically rural Canadian accent. Canadian money is used throughout the show and clearly shown on screen. When James, West, and Eldon compete at Bangers & Mashups International Hip-Hop Extravaganza, their team jackets' design clearly resembles the Canadian flag.
No character has ever even uttered the name "Canada" on-screen, but some have hinted at the show’s true location in speech. In Season 3, West informs Ella that they are in "North America"; it would appear he is referring to the continent of North America, which narrows the setting of the show down to Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico. It is confirmed later on that the show cannot be set in Mexico, as the country is shown to have entered Internationals with a separate studio. Additionally, when Cooper visits The Next Step Dance Studio, he claims that his family has seen Niagara Falls, meaning that the show must be located towards either the north of the United States or the south of Canada.
- In real life, The Next Step is filmed in Toronto, Canada.
- The Government of Canada symbol is seen in the end credits of each episode. It also says "This is a Canadian Film or Video," along with Canadian tax credits.
- Almost every cast and crew member that has worked on The Next Step is from Canada.
- The Next Step‘s original host channel was Family Channel, which is an all-ages viewing channel based in Canada.
- The production and distribution companies of the show are all Canadian.