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1985 in Canada
Events from the year 1985 in Canada.
January to March
April to June
July to December
- July 1 - The first cell phone call is made in Canada, between Toronto mayor Art Eggleton and Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau.
- September 1 - The wreck of the RMS Titanic is found off the coast of Newfoundland.
- September 6 - The Canadian Encyclopedia is launched.
- September 17 - The tunagate scandal erupts.
- September 20 - Lincoln Alexander becomes the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, the first Black person to hold a vice regal position in Canadian history.
- September 25 - The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology opens in Drumheller, Alberta.
- October 3 - Pierre-Marc Johnson becomes premier of Quebec, replacing René Lévesque.
- November 1 - Don Getty becomes premier of Alberta, replacing Peter Lougheed.
- November 5 - Nick Sibbeston becomes government leader of the Northwest Territories, replacing Richard Nerysoo.
- December 2 - In the Quebec election, Robert Bourassa's Liberals gain a majority, defeating the Parti Québécois.
- December 12 - Robert Bourassa becomes premier of Quebec for the second time, replacing Pierre-Marc Johnson.
- December 12 - The worst airplane accident in Canadian history occurs when Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes on take-off from Gander International Airport; 256 people are killed.
- December 23 - Nahanni earthquake, largest of a number earthquakes occurs in Nahanni region of NWT.
- Corel is founded in Ottawa.
Arts and literature
- January 1 – Jeff Carter, ice hockey player
- January 4 –
- January 14 – Katie Thorlakson, soccer player
- January 27 – Eric Radford, pair skater
- February 7 – Tegan Moss, actress
- February 28 – Fefe Dobson, singer and songwriter
- April 23 – Rachel Skarsten, actress
- June 22 – Douglas Smith, actor
- June 23 – Holly Lincoln, football (soccer) player
- June 24 – Isabelle Rampling, synchronized swimmer
- July 6 – Diamond Rings, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- July 12 – Theo Tams, singer-songwriter, pianist & keyboardist
- July 16 – Vanessa Meloche, artistic gymnast
- July 21 – Vanessa Lengies, actress, dancer, and singer
- July 23 – Tessa Bonhomme, hockey player
- July 28 – Dustin Milligan, actor
- August 26 – Sean Denison, basketball player
- September 8 – Justin Bradley, actor
- September 10 – Elyse Levesque, actress
- September 22 – Tatiana Maslany, actress
- September 24 – Jessica Lucas, actress and singer
- September 27 – Massimo Bertocchi, decathlete
- October 22 – Mitch MacDonald, singer & guitarist
- November 11 – Kalan Porter, singer-songwriter
- November 21 – Carly Rae Jepsen, singer and songwriter
- December 8 – Meagan Duhamel, pair skater
January to June
- January 30 - F. R. Scott, poet, intellectual and constitutional expert (b.1899)
- February 2 - Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, musician and composer (b.1938)
- February 5 - Georges-Émile Lapalme, politician (b.1907)
- February 16 - Marian Engel, novelist (b.1933)
- March 17 - Athole Shearer, actress (b.1900)
- April 17 - Walter Weir, politician and 15th Premier of Manitoba (b.1929)
- April 21 - Foster Hewitt, radio pioneer (b.1902)
- April 22 - Jacques Ferron, physician and author, founder of the Parti Rhinocéros (b.1921)
July to December
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