1994 in Canada
other events of 1995
1996 in Canada
list of 'years in Canada'
- January 5 - Rogers Communications withdraws the unpopular negative option billing system after widescale consumer protest
- January 7 - The opening of Parliament is televised for the first time
- January 18 - A video of the Canadian Airborne Regiment's brutal hazing rituals is made public
- January 23 - As a result of the Somalia Affair and the video the Airborne Regiment is disbanded
- January 23 - Guy Paul Morin's conviction for murder that had seen him jailed for 11 years is overturned
- February 21 - The inquiry into the April 1994 uprising in the Kingston Prison For Women rules that authorities used excessive force in putting it down
- February 23 - American President Bill Clinton addresses Parliament
- March 9 - As part of Brian Tobin's Turbot War Canadian officials seize the Spanish trawler the Estai
- March 11 - The Globe and Mail publishes an investigative piece by Gerald Hannon, alleging that Julian Fantino's "Project Guardian" child pornography investigation in London, Ontario is a deliberately falsified attempt to harass members of the city's gay community
- March 15 - Former Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan is charged with child abuse
- March 18-March 27 - A major rail strike occurs; the workers are eventually legislated back to work
- March 20 - Erichs Tobias is accused of war crimes
- March 27 - Bell Canada announces major job cuts
- March 31 - Perrin Beatty appointed head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
- April - Chapters is officially incorporated
- April 9 - Steve Stavro buys Maple Leaf Gardens from Harold Ballard's estate
- April 16 the Turbot War ends as Canada and the European Union reach an agreement
- April 26 - Direct-to-home satellite television is made legal in Canada
- May 9 - The law against homosexual adoption is struck down
- May 18 - The trial of Paul Bernardo begins
- May 25 - Egan v. Canada - Supreme Court of Canada rules that sexual orientation is a prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- May 31 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announce a $1 million reward in Air India flight 182 case and restarts its investigation.
- June 6 - Labatt is sold to a Belgian company
- June 8 - Ontario election: Mike Harris's PCs win a majority, defeating Bob Rae's NDP
- June 9 - Floods in Medicine Hat, Alberta force the evacuation of over 5000 people
- June 13 - A strict new gun control law is passed banning most handguns and forcing all rifles to be registered
- June 15-June 17 - The G7 meet in Halifax, Nova Scotia
- June 21 - Saskatchewan election: Roy Romanow's NDP win a second consecutive majority
- June 28 - Mike Harris becomes premier of Ontario, replacing Bob Rae
- July 17 - Christine Silverberg becomes Canada's first female police chief when she is promoted to that position in Calgary
- July 20 - In Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto the Supreme Court upholds Canada's largest ever libel award
- July 27 - Thomson Corp. agrees to sell 27 Canadian newspapers to Hollinger Inc.
- August 1 - Popular Ottawa sportscaster Brian Smith is shot in the parking lot of CJOH by escaped mental patient Jeffrey Arenburg; Smith dies in hospital the following day.
- August 11 - The first ever fatal accident aboard a Toronto Transit Commission subway kills three
- September 1 - Paul Bernardo is found guilty of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French
- September 6 - The government announces plans to sell off most of its remaining holdings in Petro-Canada
- October 14 - Alexa McDonough is elected head of the New Democratic Party, replacing Audrey McLaughlin
- October 24, the James Bay Cree vote 96.3% in favour of their territory remaining part of Canada in the event of Quebec Separation.
- October 27 - A massive rally is held in Montreal by the No side in the referendum
- October 30 - The 1995 Quebec referendum is held on separation. The No side narrowly wins.
- October 31 - Newfoundland passes a constitutional amendment to overhaul its school system
- November 4 - Radarsat, Canada's first observation satellite is launched
- November 5 - André Dallaire breaks into 24 Sussex Drive and the Prime Minister fends him off with an Inuit sculpture
- November 5 - Paul Bernardo is declared a dangerous offender, meaning he will be ineligible for parole
- November 11 - Journalist Judy Steed, in a conference speech, attacks the chair of Ryerson University's journalism program for employing Gerald Hannon as a part-time instructor; the controversy spans the next three weeks.
- November 15 - British Columbia premier announces his resignation because of the bingogate scandal.
- November 20 - Former PM Brian Mulroney sues the government over the Airbus Affair
- November 22 - Don Morin becomes premier of the Northwest Territories, replacing Nellie Cournoyea
- November 23 - Jean Chrétien unveils a law that would give each of Canada's four regions a constitutional veto. The West complains that it deserves more than one.
- November 28 - Canadian National Railway, the nation's largest Crown corporation and one of the largest state-run enterprises in the industrialized world is privatized
- December - Representatives of aboriginal peoples gather and issue the Sacred Assembly Proclamation; from this was developed the Reconciliation Proclamation and the Statement of Principles and Priorities.
- December 6 - The toonie is introduced
- December 6 - Canada agrees to send 1000 peacekeepers to Bosnia
- December 7 - The Montreal Canadiens trade Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche
- December 11 - Voters in what will become Nunavut select Iqaluit as the capital of the new territory
- December 20 - Lieutenant General Jean Boyle becomes Chief of the Defence Staff
- December 21 - The Krever Commission holds its final hearings
- December 28 - Premier of Newfoundland Clyde Wells announces his retirement
Arts and literature
- Jordan Todosey
July 26 - Delaine Ukrainetz
- January 28 - George Woodcock, author
- February 23 - Murray Cotterill, labour leader
- April 23 - Douglas Lloyd Campbell, Manitoba politician
- May 6 - John Black Aird, politician
- July 8 - George Johnson, Manitoba politician
- August 2 - Brian Smith, hockey player and TV sportscaster
- August 25 - Francis Lawrence Jobin, Manitoba politician
- September 3 - Earle Birney, poet
- September 23 - Philip Gaglardi, British Columbia politician
- September 30 - Jean-Luc Pépin, politician
- October 17 - Herbert J. Smith, president of General Electric Canada
- October 26 - Lucie Cavoukian, photographer
- October 27 - Artin Cavoukian, photographer
- November 3 - Gordon S. Fahrni, doctor
- November 13 - Emmett Hall, Supreme Court justice
- November 21 - Bruno Gerussi, actor
- December 2 - Robertson Davies, author
- December 3 - Elsie Knott, first female band chief
- December 4 - Little Beaver, wrestler
- December 17 - Jean Fortier, head of Radio-Canada
- Earle Birney, poet
- John Peters Humphrey, legal scholar