The Canada Elections Act received royal assent. The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18.
1846Repeal of Corn Laws
Royal assent was given to Robert Peel's Act repealing the Corn Laws, terminating the preferential treatment of Canadian grain in Britain.
1849British Navigation Acts
The British Navigation Acts were repealed by Britain in a move towards free trade. The acts were considered a burden in Canada.
1945Canada Joins United Nations
Canada joined the United Nations at its founding.
1986Softwood Lumber Dispute
The International Trade Commission determined that Canadian policies had injured US producers in the softwood lumber dispute.
A violent confrontation between police and strikers effectively ended the strike of the miners in Drumheller, Alta.
1854Birth of Sir Robert Borden
Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden, who headed the Canadian delegation to the Paris Peace Conference 1919, was born at Grand Pré, NS.
1906Birth of Marian Scott
Painter Marian Scott, who for 50 years Scott experimented with fresh art forms often through repetition of small abstract forms, was born at Montréal.
2010Toronto G20 Summit
Canada hosted the G20 Summit, a forum where 20 of the world`s leaders gather to discuss critical global issues. It was the 3rd G20 since the forum`s inception in 2008.
1941Birth of Yves Beauchemin
Author Yves Beauchemin was born at Noranda, Qué. One of his first novels, Le Matou, which was translated into several languages, made him internationally known and was made into a film by Jean Beaudin in 1985.
1873PEI Admitted into Canada
An imperial order-in-council admitted PEI into Canada, effective 1 July.
1970Canada Extends Boundary
Canada extended its former three-mile limit to its territorial waters to 12 miles with the passage of the Act to Amend the Territorial Sea and Fishing Zones Act. It was proclaimed August 1, 1970.
2014Tsilhqot'in First Nation Granted Title Claim in Supreme Court Ruling
Tsilhqot’in First Nation was granted title to 1,700 km2 of land in British Columbia after a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, the first to grant a declaration of Aboriginal title to a First Nation.
2016Death of Austin Clarke
Novelist, short-story writer and journalist Austin Clarke died in Toronto at age 81. Clarke grew up in Barbados and moved to Canada in 1955 to study at the University of Toronto. While his varied career ranged beyond literature to positions such as cultural attaché of Barbados in Washington (1973) and general manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (1975), he is best known for his fiction, which includes the Giller Prize-winning novel The Polished Hoe (2002). Called “the grandfather of Black Canadian literature” by Lawrence Hill, Clarke — a vocal social critic and civil-rights advocate — was among the first Black writers in Canada to gain international recognition and win major literary prizes.