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Events from the year 1986 in Canada.
Main article: 1986 Canadian incumbents
- Governor general – Jeanne Sauvé
- Prime minister – Brian Mulroney
- Chief Justice – Brian Dickson (Manitoba)
- Parliament – 33rd
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Helen Hunley
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Robert Gordon Rogers
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Pearl McGonigal (until December 11) then George Johnson
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – George Stanley
- Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – William Anthony Paddon (until September 5) then James McGrath
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – Alan Abraham
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Lincoln Alexander
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Lloyd MacPhail
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Gilles Lamontagne
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Frederick Johnson
- Premier of Alberta – Don Getty
- Premier of British Columbia – Bill Bennett (until August 6) then Bill Vander Zalm
- Premier of Manitoba – Howard Pawley
- Premier of New Brunswick – Richard Hatfield
- Premier of Newfoundland – Brian Peckford
- Premier of Nova Scotia – John Buchanan
- Premier of Ontario – David Peterson
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – James Lee (until May 2) then Joe Ghiz
- Premier of Quebec – Robert Bourassa
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Grant Devine
- Commissioner of Yukon – Douglas Bell (until March 27) then John Kenneth McKinnon
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – John Havelock Parker
- January 22 - An investigation determines that a bomb caused the crash of Air India flight 182.
- January 31 - The Canadian dollar hits an all-time low of 70.2 U.S. cents on international money markets.
- February 8 - Hinton train collision: 23 people are killed when a Via Rail train collides with a Canadian National Railway train near Hinton, Alberta.
- May 1 - Shirley Carr becomes the first female head of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
- May 2
- May 8 - Alberta election: Don Getty's PCs win a fifth consecutive majority, but a smaller majority than before.
- May 9 - Roger Coles resigns as leader of Yukon Liberal Party and MLA for Tatchun after being arrested and charged with selling cocaine to an undercover police officer.
- May 25 - In Vancouver an attempt is made to assassinate Malkiat Singh Sidhu, a cabinet minister in the Indian state of Punjab.
- June 14 - An accident involving the "Mindbender" roller coaster at West Edmonton Mall kills three people and seriously injures a fourth.
- June 19 - The new Competition Act comes into force.
- June 20 - Jean Drapeau resigns as mayor of Montreal.
- August 5 - Canada adopts sanctions against South Africa for its apartheid policies
- August 6 - Bill Vander Zalm becomes premier of British Columbia, replacing Bill Bennett
- August 11 - Tamil refugees are found drifting off the coast of Newfoundland
- September 16 - Elizabeth II augments the Coat of Arms of Saskatchewan with a crest and supporters
- September 30 - MPs elect the Speaker by secret ballot for the first time.
- October 6 - Canada receives a United Nations award for sheltering refugees
- October 20 - Saskatchewan election: Grant Devine's PCs win a second consecutive majority
- November 13 - The announcement that the film producer Claude Jutra was reported missing for over one week. He had started to suffer the first symptoms of the Alzheimer's disease.
- December 8 - The University of Toronto's John C. Polanyi shares the Nobel Prize for chemistry for the development of the chemical laser.
- Negotiators begin work on what would eventually be the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement
- The birds series of Canadian banknotes is released
- Supreme Court rules on the RWDSU v. Dolphin Delivery Ltd. case
- Conrad Black buys The Daily Telegraph
- Dinosaur fossils are found near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
- Margaret Atwood - Freeforall
- W.P. Kinsella - The Fence Post Chronicles
- Robert Munsch - Love You Forever
- Alice Munro - The Progress of Love
- Antonine Maillet - Garrochés en paradis
- Hugh Hood - The Motor Boys in Ottawa
- William Gibson - Count Zero
- See 1986 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Wayne Johnston, The Story of Bobby O'Mally
- Gerald Lampert Award: Joan Fern Shaw, Raspberry Vinegar
- Marian Engel Award: Alice Munro
- Pat Lowther Award: Erin Mouré, Domestic Fuel
- Stephen Leacock Award: Joey Slinger, No Axe too Small to Grind
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Dennis Lee
- March 15 - In an international women's field hockey match at Wembley Stadium (England) Canada beats England 3 – 1.
- May 17 - Guelph Platers won their only Memorial Cup by defeating the Hull Olympiques 6 to 2.
- May 24 - Montreal Canadienswon their Twenty Third Stanley Cup by defeating the Calgary Flames. The deciding Game 5 is played at Olympic Saddledome in Calgary
- November 22 - UBC Thunderbirds won their second championship by defeating the Western Ontario Mustangs by a score of 25-23.
- November 30 - Hamilton Tiger-Cats won their Seventh Grey Cup by defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 39 to 15 in the 74th Grey Cup played at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver
- January 8 – Jaclyn Linetsky, actress (d. 2003)
- January 20 – Krystina Alogbo, water polo player
- February 13 – Matthew Hawes, swimmer
- February 19 – Jayde Nicole, model
- April 4 – Cam Barker, ice hockey defenceman
- April 8 - Jevohn Shepherd, basketball player
- April 21 – Kevin Graham, water polo player
- April 28 – Brandon Jung, water polo player
- May 12 – Emily VanCamp, actress
- May 31 – Melissa McIntyre, actress
- June 5 – Amanda Crew, actress
- June 18 – Meaghan Rath, actress
- August 19 – Marie-Christine Schmidt, canoeist
- August 29 – Lauren Collins, actress
- September 19 – Carrie Finlay, voice actor
- November 4 – Alexz Johnson, singer-songwriter, actress, and philanthropist
- November 5 – Heather Purnell, artistic gymnast
- December 12 – Marie-Pier Beaudet, archer
- December 16 – Scott Tupper, field hockey player
- January 4 - Wilbur R. Franks, scientist and inventor (b.1901)
- January 26 - Norman MacKenzie, author, lawyer, professor and Senator (b.1894)
- February 23 - Louis-Philippe Pigeon, judge of the Supreme Court of Canada (b.1905)
- February 24 - Tommy Douglas, politician and Premier of Saskatchewan (b.1904)
- February 27 - Jacques Plante, ice hockey player (b.1929)
- March 4 - Richard Manuel, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist (b.1943)
- March 4 - Elizabeth Smart, poet and novelist (b.1913)
- July 25 - Alison Parrott, murder victim (b.1974)
- August 20 - Milton Acorn, poet, writer and playwright (b.1923)
- November 5 - Claude Jutra, actor, film director and writer (b.1930)
- November 10 - King Clancy, ice hockey player (b.1903)
- November 19 - Don Jamieson, politician, diplomat and broadcaster (b.1921)
- December 31 - Donald Fleming, politician, International Monetary Fund official and lawyer (b.1905)
- Kenneth Coates; Judith Powell (1989). The modern North: people, politics and the rejection of colonialism. James Lorimer & Company. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-55028-120-0. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- Yukon History at Hougen Group of Companies
- (in French) Bilan du Siècle
- "Marie-Pier BEAUDET - Olympic Archery | Canada". International Olympic Committee. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
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