1987 in Canada
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Events from the year 1987 in Canada.
- Monarch: Elizabeth II
- Governor General: Jeanne Sauvé
- Prime Minister: Brian Mulroney
- Premier of Alberta: Don Getty
- Premier of British Columbia: Bill Vander Zalm
- Premier of Manitoba: Howard Pawley
- Premier of New Brunswick: Richard Hatfield then Frank McKenna
- Premier of Newfoundland: Brian Peckford
- Premier of Nova Scotia: John Buchanan
- Premier of Ontario: David Peterson
- Premier of Prince Edward Island: Joe Ghiz
- Premier of Quebec: Robert Bourassa
- Premier of Saskatchewan: Grant Devine
- January 1 - Frobisher Bay changes its name to Iqaluit.
- April 21 - The body lifeless of Claude Jutra was finally found in the Saint Lawrence River near Cap-Santé.
- April 30 - Provincial premiers agree to Meech Lake Accord.
- May 22 - Rick Hansen returns home to Vancouver after his Man in Motion world tour.
- June 30 - Canada introduces a $1 coin, commonly called loonie; the dollar bill is withdrawn in 1989.
- July 3 - Quebec City becomes the first city in North America to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- July 14 - Montreal is hit by a series of severe thunderstorms during the Montreal Flood of 1987.
- July 31 - The Edmonton Tornado kills 27 peoples.
- September 10 - Ontario election: David Peterson's Liberals win a majority.
- September 20 - Pope John Paul II visits the Northwest Territories.
- October - Canadian and American negotiators reach agreement on the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement.
- October 27 - Frank McKenna becomes premier of New Brunswick, replacing Richard Hatfield.
- October 31 - The Reform Party of Canada is founded.
- November 12 - Dennis Patterson becomes government leader of the Northwest Territories, replacing Nick Sibbeston.
- November 30 - Several new Canadian specialty channels are licensed: YTV, VisionTV, CBC Newsworld, The Weather Network/MeteoMedia, and one pay-television channel: The Family Channel.
Arts and literature
- William Bell: Metal Head
- Dave Duncan: A Rose-Red City
- Michael Ignatieff: The Russian Album
- Irving Layton: Fortunate Exile
- Donald Jack: This One's on Me
- Steve McCaffery: Evoba
- Antonine Maillet: Margot la folle
- Farley Mowat: Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey
- Paul Quarrington, King Leary
- Mordecai Richler: Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur
- See 1987 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Karen Lawrence, The Life of Helen Alone
- Gerald Lampert Award: Rosemary Sullivan, The Space a Name Makes
- Marian Engel Award: Audrey Thomas
- Pat Lowther Award: Heather Spears, How to Read Faces
- Stephen Leacock Award: W.P. Kinsella, The Fencepost Chronicles
- Trillium Book Award: Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Robert Munsch
- November 27 - Rock band Cowboy Junkies record their most famous album, The Trinity Session, at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity.
- April 27
- April 30 - Jeremy Bordeleau, canoeist
- May 17 - Con Kudaba, water polo player
- August 7 - Sidney Crosby, ice hockey player
- October 6 - Kia Byers, canoeist
- October 16 - Pascal Wollach, swimmer
January to June
- January 5 - Margaret Laurence, novelist and short story writer (b.1926)
- January 5 - Herman Smith-Johannsen, ski pioneer and supercentenarian (b.1875)
- January 27 - Norman McLaren, animator and film director (b.1914)
- February 19 - Russell Doern, politician (b.1935)
- March 21 - Walter L. Gordon, accountant, businessman, politician and writer (b.1906)
July to December
- September 11 - Lorne Greene, actor (b.1915)
- September 19 - Ralph Steinhauer, native leader, first Aboriginal to become the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (b.1905)
- October 5 - Conrad Bourcier, ice hockey player (b.1915)
- November 1 - René Lévesque, politician, Minister and 23rd Premier of Quebec (b.1922)
- November 6 - George Laurence, nuclear physicist (b.1905)
- November 18 - George Ryga, playwright and novelist (b.1932)
- November 29 - Gwendolyn MacEwen, novelist and poet (b.1941)
Full date unknown
- (French)Bilan du Siècle