Miss Canada is a scholarship competition for young women in Canada. It was founded in Hamilton in 1946. No title was awarded from 1993 through 2008. The Miss Canada competition is Canada's oldest extant beauty pageant.
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. American-born Jim Perry hosted the pageant from 1967 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 1970s, with up to 5 million viewers, but declined in the 1980s, until it was cancelled. 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 11 February 1923 at an earlier, unrelated competition during the Montreal Winter Carnival. The runner-up in that event was Muriel Harper of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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.
The following is a list of winners:
- Connie-Gail Feller won the Miss Canada 1960 title and competed at Miss America, however was dethroned on September 20, 1960.
- Miss Earth Canada
- Miss Universe Canada
- Miss World Canada
- Miss Dominion of Canada
- ((Miss Canada International))
- "BC's Tara Teng is Miss Canada". The Filipino Post. February 1, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
- "Farewell, Miss Canada", CBC
- Pageant News Bureau: Miss Canada Chronicles
- Government of New Brunswick: This Week in New Brunswick History
- Saint John, New Brunswick dates in history
- "News in Picture". The Globe. 16 February 1923. p. 10.
- Miss Past Title Holders