1976 in Canada
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Events from the year 1976 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- Governor general – Jules Léger (viceregal consort – Gabrielle Léger)
- Prime minister – Pierre Trudeau
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Ralph Steinhauer
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Walter Stewart Owen
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – William John McKeag (until March 15) then Francis Lawrence Jobin
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Hédard Robichaud
- Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Gordon Arnaud Winter
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – Clarence Gosse
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Pauline Mills McGibbon
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Gordon Lockhart Bennett
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Hugues Lapointe
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Stephen Worobetz (until February 29) then George Porteous
- Premier of Alberta – Peter Lougheed
- Premier of British Columbia – Bill Bennett
- Premier of Manitoba – Edward Schreyer
- Premier of New Brunswick – Richard Hatfield
- Premier of Newfoundland – Frank Moores
- Premier of Nova Scotia – Gerald Regan
- Premier of Ontario – Bill Davis
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – Alexander B. Campbell
- Premier of Quebec – Robert Bourassa (until November 25) then René Lévesque
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Allan Blakeney
- Commissioner of Yukon – James Smith (until July 1) then Arthur MacDonald Pearson
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Stuart Milton Hodgson
- January 14 - The Eaton's catalogue is discontinued.
- January 28 - The government of Saskatchewan takes over the province's potash industry.
- February 4 - The Supreme Court rules provinces cannot censor movies.
- February 7 - Joe Clark is elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada replacing Robert Stanfield.
- March 23 - Norman Bethune Memorial (Montreal) unveiled
- April 1 - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is given the power to regulate Canadian television and radio.
- April 15 - Dome Petroleum is given approval to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea.
- May 2 - Time's Canadian edition is discontinued.
- June 25 - The CN Tower opens to the public in Toronto.
- June 30 - Parliament votes to abolish the death penalty.
- July 17 - Opening Ceremony of the Montreal Summer Olympic
- October 14 - Over a million workers stage a one day strike to protest wage and price controls.
- November 15 - In the Quebec election, René Lévesque's Parti Québécois wins a majority, defeating Robert Bourassa's Parti libéral du Québec.
- November 25 - René Lévesque becomes premier of Quebec, replacing Robert Bourassa.
Full date unknown
Arts and literature
- Marian Engel: Bear
- Hugh Hood: Dark Glasses
- Joy Fielding: The Transformation
- Farley Mowat: Canada North Now: The Great Betrayal
- See 1976 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Stephen Leacock Award: Harry J. Boyle, The Luck of the Irish
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Suzanne Martel
- Second City Television premiers
Main article: 1976 in Canadian television
- February 7 - Toronto Maple Leafs star Darryl Sittler scores ten points in one game.
- July 17 - The 1976 Summer Olympics open in Montreal.
- August 28 - Toronto Metros-Croatia defeat the Minnesota Kicks 3–0, to win Soccer Bowl '76
Full date unknown
January to March
- January 7 - Éric Gagné, baseball player
- January 23 - Phillip Boudreault, boxer
- February 19 - Brian Price, coxswain, Olympic gold medalist and World Champion
- February 23 - Jeff O'Neill, ice hockey player
- March 9 - Ben Mulroney, television host
- March 23 - Nolan Baumgartner, ice hockey player
April to June
- April 3 - Daniel Lewis, volleyball player
- May 10 - Kristen French, murder victim (d.1992)
- May 13 - Jeff Powell, rower and World Champion
- May 13 - Bobbi Jo Steadward, field hockey player
- May 19 - Jason Botterill, ice hockey player and manager
- June 10 - James Moore, politician and Minister
- June 13 - Mark Versfeld, swimmer
- June 25 - Michelle Bowyer, field hockey player
- June 26 - Ed Jovanovski, ice hockey player
July to September
- July 3 - Wade Belak, ice hockey player
- July 5 - Leslie Mahaffy, murder victim (d.1991)
- July 12 - Dan Boyle, ice hockey player
- July 13 - Sheldon Souray, ice hockey player
- August 5 - Jeff Friesen, ice hockey player
- August 17 - Eric Boulton, ice hockey player
- August 27 - Sarah Chalke, actress
- September 5 - Pat Thornton, comedian
- September 13 - José Théodore, ice hockey player
- September 17 - Zac Bierk, ice hockey player
- September 26 - Jean-François Marceau, judoka
October to December
- October 1 - Denis Gauthier, ice hockey player
- October 10 - Shane Doan, ice hockey player
- November 6 - Catherine Clark, television broadcaster
- November 20 - Laura Harris, actress
- November 26 - Mathieu Darche, ice hockey player
- December 26 - Nadia Litz, actress
- December 26 - Jake Wetzel, rower, Olympic gold medalist and World Champion
January to June
- February 9 - Percy Faith, band-leader, orchestrator and composer (b.1908)
- March 3 - Alexander Wallace Matheson, politician and Premier of Prince Edward Island (b.1903)
- April 5 - Wilder Penfield, neurosurgeon (b.1891)
- April 11 - Art Alexandre, ice hockey player (b.1909)
- May 28 - William Ross Macdonald, politician, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (b.1891)
- June 10 - William John Patterson, politician and 6th Premier of Saskatchewan (b.1886)
July to December
- August 4 - Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, newspaper proprietor and media entrepreneur (b.1894)
- August 8 - Wilson Duff, anthropologist (b.1925)
- August 28 - Lloyd Stinson, politician (b.1904)
- September 28 - Raymond Collishaw, World War I flying ace (b.1893)
- November 14 - Jean-Paul Beaulieu, politician and chartered accountant (b.1902)
- November 29 - Steve Peters, politician (b.1912)
- December 4 - Paul Gouin, politician (b.1898)
- December 16 - Réal Caouette, politician (b.1917)
- December 22 - Olive Diefenbaker, wife of John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (b.1902)