List of Keys to the City in Canada

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The Key to the City is an award presented by a town or city's municipal government to esteemed residents or visitors whom the city wishes to honour. The award, usually an ornamental key, is generally presented by the mayor or some other public figure at an award ceremony. Some cities allow visiting celebrities to request that a key be granted to them, a practice which has resulted in some controversy.[1]

Alberta[edit]

Calgary[edit]

The local equivalent is the White Hat ceremony, which was begun in the 1950s by Mayor Donald Hugh MacKay. The first white felt cowboy hat was given to the Mayor of Toronto, Hiram E. McCallum, as thanks for his hosting during the 36th Grey Cup (1948). The honour can be requested through Tourism Calgary; white hatting ceremonies are also conducted for individual tourists and groups by a volunteer corps at the Calgary International Airport.[2] Past recipients include:

Edmonton[edit]

British Columbia[edit]

Municipalities in British Columbia grant the Freedom of the City, rather than a Key, to individuals worthy of recognition. In accordance with Section 158 of the Community Charter,[20] potential recipients must receive the unanimous support of the city council before they are granted the Freedom, which is then usually bestowed upon them during a special ceremony.

In the following list, where the date of the award ceremony is unknown, the date of the council resolution is given instead. These dates are marked with (res.).

Burnaby[edit]

City of North Vancouver[edit]

Comox[edit]

  • 16 August 2017: John Marinus, Former Comox Town Councillor.[26]

Coquitlam[edit]

The City of Coquitlam grants the freedom of the city rather than a key.

  • Fern Bouvier
  • Donald Cummings
  • Reverend John Davies
  • Dorothy Fleming
  • Larry Fleming
  • Rene Gamache
  • Dr. J. Crosby Johnston
  • Jean Lambert
  • Robert McNary
  • Eunice Parker
  • Leonore Peyton

[27]

District of North Vancouver[edit]

Kelowna[edit]

The City of Kelowna Awards The Freedom of the City Instead of a Key.

[30]

Oliver[edit]

Vancouver[edit]

Unless otherwise specified, the source of the items on this list is the City of Vancouver's official website.[32]

Victoria[edit]

West Vancouver[edit]

Manitoba[edit]

Winnipeg[edit]

New Brunswick[edit]

Saint John[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

St. John's[edit]

St. John's Awards the Freedom of the City Rather than a Key.

[61]

Ontario[edit]

Brampton[edit]

Previously, the Corporate Calling Committee had a "Key to the City", to give to "thank the local businesses by giving them a token of the City’s appreciation". Michael Collins of the Brampton Real Estate Board resigned later that meeting, and was presented with the first token.[67]

Kingston[edit]

  • June 18, 2013: Vicki Keith, marathon swimmer [68]
  • February 4, 2014: 424 Squadron SAR crew [69]
  • December 7, 2016: Arthur B. McDonald, for his contributions to modern physics and the Kingston community

Mississauga[edit]

Ottawa[edit]

March 5, 2015: Daniel Alfredsson, retired Ottawa Senators captain [90]

[91]

May 11, 2017: Algonquin College, 50 year anniversary.[92]

Peterborough[edit]

Sault Ste. Marie[edit]

Timmins[edit]

Toronto[edit]

Windsor[edit]

Markham[edit]

  • June 27, 2010: 883 Air Commodore Leonard Birchall Air Cadet Squadron and 351 Silverstar Air Cadet Squadron

Quebec[edit]

Montreal[edit]

Saskatchewan[edit]

Regina[edit]

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