The following 15 multiple-choice questions are designed to help you get a rough idea of how much you already know about Canada. These questions are often missed by users preparing for the Canadian Citizenship Test.
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When were the responsibilities of the federal and provincial governments defined?
The responsibilities of the federal and provincial governments were defined in 1867 in the British North America Act, now known as the Constitution Act, 1867.
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Who proclaimed the amended Constitution of Canada in 1982?
The Canadian Constitution was amended in 1982 to include the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which begins.
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Where is Canada's largest east coast port?
As Canada’s largest east coast port, deep-water and ice-free, the capital, Halifax, has played an important role in Atlantic trade and defence and is home to Canada’s largest naval base.
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In what year were Upper and Lower Canada united?
In 1840, Upper and Lower Canada were united as the Province of Canada. Reformers such as Sir Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine and Robert Baldwin, in parallel with Joseph Howe in Nova Scotia, worked with British governors toward responsible government.
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When was the Magna Carta signed?
Magna Carta (also known as the Great Charter of Freedoms) was signed in 1215 in England.
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When were the first companies in Canada formed?
The first companies in Canada were formed during the French and British regimes and competed for the fur trade.
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When do Canadians celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald Day?
Sir John A. Macdonald was a lawyer in Kingston, Ontario, a gifted politician and a colourful personality. Parliament has recognized January 11 as Sir John A. Macdonald Day. His portrait is on the $10 bill.
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Acadians are the descendants of what groups?
The Acadians are the descendants of French colonists who began settling in what are now the Maritime provinces in 1604.
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How many judges on the Supreme Court of Canada are appointed by the Governor General?
The Court was originally composed of six judges. In 1927, the number of Supreme Court judges was raised to seven, and the Court reached its present total of nine members in 1949.
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Who created insulin?
Sir Frederick Banting of Toronto and Charles Best discovered insulin, a hormone to treat diabetes that has saved 16 million lives worldwide.
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Name one source of Canadian law.
Canadian law is derived from a variety of sources, including laws passed by Parliament and provincial legislatures, English common law, the French civil code, and the unwritten constitution that we inherited from the United Kingdom.
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When did the House of Commons recognize that the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada?
The House of Commons recognized in 2006 that the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada.
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When did the federal government place many Aboriginal children in residential schools?
From the 1800s until the 1980s, the federal government placed many Aboriginal children in residential schools to educate and assimilate them into mainstream Canadian culture. The schools were poorly funded and inflicted hardship on the students. Ottawa formally apologized to the former students.
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Where does the majority of the Métis live?
The Métis are a distinct people of mixed Aboriginal and European ancestry, the majority of whom live in the Prairie provinces. They come from both French and English-speaking backgrounds and speak their own dialect, Michif.
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Who invented the worldwide system of standard time zones?
Sir Sanford Fleming, a Canadian engineer, was the first person to propose the use of worldwide time zones.
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