Google has agreed to pay publishers in Canada $73.6 million a year to keep links to news articles in its search results. The search engine had threatened to stop serving news links in response to a new law that forces tech companies to pay for news content. However, Google was able to strike a deal with the Canadian government before the rollout of the Online News Act, which is planned for Dec. 19, 2023. This landmark deal will come as a huge relief for news publishers in Canada. Had Google followed through with its threat to remove links to news articles in search, organic traffic would have been severely impacted, which in turn would have negatively affected the value of the publishers’ ad space.