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1998 in Canada

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Events from the year 1998 in Canada.



Federal government

Provincial governments

Lieutenant governors


Territorial governments




January to March

April to June

  • April 1 – Floods in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec force 2000 from their homes.
  • April 2 – In the final appeal of the Delwin Vriend case, the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that barred LGBT persons from protection under the province's human rights code.
  • April 3 – Members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary are permitted side arms for the first time.
  • April 17 – Dafydd Rhys Williams flies aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, becoming the first non-American to serve as medical officer.
  • April 17 – The Toronto Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce announce plans to merge; however, the merger is later blocked by the government.
  • April 25 – The United States announces large tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
  • April 26–28 – Prime Minister Chrétien pays an official visit to Cuba.
  • May 1 – Separatist David Levine is named head of the newly amalgamated Ottawa hospital sparking great controversy.
  • Early May – Wildfires burning in Alberta force the evacuation of a number of communities.
  • May 14 – Camille Thériault becomes premier of New Brunswick, replacing Raymond Frenette.
  • May 21 – The Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans shuts down the B.C. coho fishery.
  • May 29 – The Supreme Court strikes down a ban on pre-election opinion polls.
  • June 9 – Three are killed in a gas explosion in Montreal, Quebec.
  • June 10 – One person is killed by an explosion at an Irving Oil refinery.
  • June 11 – Eleven are killed in a plane crash at Mirabel Airport.
  • June 24 – Macmillan Bloedel says that it will end clear cutting of old growth forests.
  • July 15 – The B.C. government and the Nisga'a First Nation sign a historic, and controversial, land claims agreement.

July to September

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Henry Hudson searches for Swissair Flight 111 debris following a crash off the coast of Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia.

October to December

Arts and literature

New books





  • Canada's Sesame Street switches to showing exclusively Canadian content, renaming itself Sesame Park, as it no longer uses any American made segments from Sesame Street
  • Canadian children's television show Rolie Polie Olie debuts.


  • The French government names Karen Kain as an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters



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January to March

April to June

July to September

October to December

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