Miss Canada

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Miss Canada
Formation 1945
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Ottawa
Official language

Miss Canada is a scholarship competition for young women in Canada. It was founded in Hamilton in 1945. No title was awarded from 1993 through 2008. According to the new Miss Canada and Miss Teen Canada web site, the title was re-established with a focus on personality over physical appearance.[1] The Miss Canada competition is Canada's oldest extant beauty pageant.[2]

The first broadcast of the Miss Canada pageant aired in 1963 on CTV with news anchors Peter Jennings and Baden Langton hosting. Jennings remained as solo host until 1966 and was replaced by game show host Jim Perry, who hosted the pageant until 1990. Dominique Dufour, the winner of the Miss Canada Pageant in 1981, co-hosted with Perry from 1982 until 1990. The final pageant, airing in late-1991, was hosted by Peter Feniak and Liz Grogan.

The show was popular in the 1970s, with up to 5 million viewers, but declined in the 1980s, until it was cancelled.[3][4] Producers of the show cited mounting production costs, as the reason for cancellation, along with the absence of host Jim Perry, who went into semi-retirement after the 1991 pageant. The last winner was Miss Canada 1992 Nicole Dunsdon from British Columbia.

Winnifred Blair of Saint John, New Brunswick was proclaimed the first Miss Canada on February 11, 1923 at an earlier, unrelated competition during the Montreal Winter Carnival.[5][6] The runner-up in that event was Muriel Harper of Winnipeg, Manitoba.[7]

The Miss Canada Pageant obtained the franchise for the Miss Universe Pageant in 1978, when that year's first runner-up, Andrea Leslie Eng, competed internationally. From 1979 to the final contest, the winners of Miss Canada went on to compete. Miss Canada 1982, Karen Baldwin, being the only Miss Canada to also win Miss Universe. Since 2003, Canada's representative to Miss Universe has been chosen by the Miss Universe Canada pageant.


Linda Douma, Miss Canada 1965

The following is a list of winners:[8]

Year Name Region Represented/Hometown
2014 Priya Madaan[9] Windsor, Ontario
2013 Inès Gavran[10] Quebec
2012 Jaclyn Miles[11] Amherstburg, Ontario
2011 Tara Teng[12] Fort Langley, British Columbia
2010 Mélanie Paquin[13] Gatineau, Quebec
2009 Lorie Racicot
1992 Nicole Dunsdon Summerland, British Columbia
1991 Leslie McLaren Edmonton, Alberta
1990 Robin Lee Ouzunoff Niagara Region, Ontario
1989 Juliette Powell Laurentians Region, Quebec
1988 Melinda Gillies London, Ontario
1987 Tina May Simpson Niagara Region, Ontario
1986 Rene Newhouse Cranbrook, British Columbia
1985 Karen Elizabeth Tilley Calgary, Alberta
1984 Cynthia Kereluk Edmonton, Alberta
1983 Jodi Yvonne Rutledge Manitoba
1982 Karen Dianne Baldwin London, Ontario
1981 Dominique Dufour Laval, Quebec
1980 Terry MacKay Calgary, Alberta
1979 Heidi Quiring Manitoba
1978 Catherine Swing Toronto, Ontario
1977 Yvonne Foster Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1976 Sylvia McGuire Nova Scotia
1975 Terry Lynne Meyer Edmonton, Alberta
1974 Blair Lancaster Burlington, Ontario
1973 Gillian Regehr Victoria, British Columbia
1972 Donna Mary Sawicky Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
1971 Caroline Amelia Commisso Thunder Bay, Ontario
1970 Julie Maloney Ottawa/Hull, Ontario/Quebec
1969 Marie-France Beaulieu Montreal, Quebec
1968 Carol McKinnon Prince Edward Island
1967 Barbara Kelly Vancouver, British Columbia
1966 Diane Landry Winnipeg, Manitoba
1965 Linda Douma Victoria, British Columbia
1964 Carol Ann Balmer Toronto, Ontario
1962–63 Nina Holden* Victoria, British Columbia
1961 Iris Thurlwell Northtown Toronto, Ontario
1960 Rosemary Catherine Keenan Rothesay, New Brunswick
1959 Danica d'Hondt Vancouver, British Columbia
1958 Joan May Fitzpatrick Windsor, Ontario
1957 Pageant Title Post-Dated
1956 Dorothy Moreau Montreal, Quebec
1955 Dalyce Smith Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
1954 Barbara Joan Markham Cornwall, Ontario
1953 Kathleen Archibald Kelowna, British Columbia
1952 Marilyn Reddick Toronto, Ontario
1951 Marjorie Kelly Courtland, Ontario
1950 Margaret Bradford London, Ontario
1949 Margaret Lynn Munn Vancouver, British Columbia
1948 Betty Jean Ferguson Halifax, Nova Scotia
1947 Margaret Marshall Toronto, Ontario
1946 Marion Saver Newtonbrook, Ontario
1945 Alice Ste-Marie Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec
  • Connie-Gail Feller won the Miss Canada 1960 title and competed at Miss America, however was dethroned on September 20, 1960.

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  1. ^ "Miss Canada TM / Miss Teen Canada TM – Our History". missteencanadatm.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "BC's Tara Teng is Miss Canada". The Filipino Post. February 1, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Farewell, Miss Canada". CBC. January 3, 1992
  4. ^ Pageant News Bureau: Miss Canada Chronicles. pageant.com
  5. ^ "This week in New Brunswick history, Feb. 8–15 (00/02/07)". gnb.ca
  6. ^ "Saint John New Brunswick Time Date". new-brunswick.net
  7. ^ "News in Picture". The Globe. February 16, 1923. p. 10. 
  8. ^ "Miss Canada&Miss Teen Canada:MissCanada-Pasttitleholders".
  9. ^ Wright, Rebecca (March 2, 2014). "Windsor Woman Wins Miss Canada 2014". The Windsor Star. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Inès Gavran: Miss Canada 2013". Ici Radio-Canada Télé (in French). March 27, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ Belanger, Joe (April 21, 2013). "Women of Excellence: Jaclyn Miles". London Free Press. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ Claxton, Matthew (May 16, 2012). "Langley woman wins Miss World Canada crown". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ Michel Moyneur (November 8, 2009). "Une Gatinoise décroche le titre de Miss Canada". Info07.com (in French). Retrieved May 15, 2014. 

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