Citizenship Week Fun Facts about Canada!

After you have lived in Canada for a while with a Permanent Resident Card you may then apply for Citizenship. Part of the process for becoming a citizen is taking a test on the history, government and Culture of Canada. It is likely that after living in the country for a while you will become rather acquainted with this information, but the government still publishes an e-book that will help you study. These fun-facts are drawn from that e-book which is available on the CIC’s website.

  • Canada is one of the few countries in the world that recognizes and grants civil marriages to all citizens regardless of sexual orientation.
  • It is suspected that the first European visitors to the Americas were Vikings who landed at l’Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland.
  • During the American Revolutionary war those residents of the 13 colonies who were loyal to the crown fled to Canada to escape the violence in those areas.
  • In the late 1830s there was a series of armed rebellions in Canada that eventually led to the establishment of responsible government in the Dominion of Canada.
  • Dominion of Canada was the official name of the state for approximately 100 years starting in 1864 and the name remains traditional to this day.
  • Quebecers, residents of Quebec, are fiercely defensive of their sovereign and unique culture within an area that was largely colonized by the British.
  • There was some talk about making British possessions in the Caribbean part of Canada in the 1920s.
  • The first Prime Minister of Canada was Sir John Alexander MacDonald and his likeness is on the $10 bill.
  • Women’s suffrage in national elections was granted to most in 1918, many years before Canada’s southerly neighbors, the United States, granted the same rights.
  • On the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Canadians observe the armistice treaty of World War One on Remembrance Day.
  • Quebec City is one of the oldest continuously inhabited European settlements in the Americas.