2011 to 2015
66% of households are made up of married couples. 27% of households
are made up of common-law couples.
January 31, 2011 - Linda Bond (1946 - ) is elected General of the Salvation Army. Source: The Salvation Army. online accessed May 2013
February 11, 2011 - The Canadian Government announces a new Hero Class coast guard vessel named for Capt. Nicola Goddard, who was serving in Afghanistan when she was killed May 17, 2006, the first female Canadian soldier to die in action. Sources: Toronto Star, Globe and Mail. February 12, 2011
March 3, 2011 - A postseason match between the Queen's Golden Gaels and the Guelph Gryphons became the longest collegiate hockey game, male or female, Canadian or American — on record. The match began on Wednesday and it only ended on Thursday. The duration of the match was 167 minutes and 14 seconds when Queen's forward Morgan McHaffie placed a rebound past Gryphons goalie Danielle Skoufranis
March 27, 2011- Shania Twain (1965- ) is inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame.
April 2011 - A Toronto Policeman's remark that women can avoid reape by avoiding dressing like 'sluts' prompts a global phenomenon, 'a slutwalk protest'.
May 2, 2011 - Elizabeth Evans May (1954- ) becomes the 1st Canadian Member of Parliament for the Green Party. She won her seat in Saarnich-Gulf Islands, British Columbia. This was her third attempt to become elected to Parliament.
May 12-13, 2011 - A tribute to the life of Kate McGarrigle (1946-2010) is recorded to provide a Celebration of her life.
May 23-25, 2011 - The Nobel Women's initiative, a hosting group of Nobel Peace Prize winners, holds an international conference on sexual violence against women in conflict zones at Chateau Montebello, Quebec. It is the first time the group has met in Canada. They want Canada to be a leader protesting and taking action for victims of sexual violence as Canada took lead against landmines. Source: "Female Nobel laureates gather in Montebello by Kelly Patterson, The Ottawa Citizen May 22, 2011.
May 31, 2011 - Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennett is appointed first woman in Canada as Chief of Reserves and Cadets.
2011 - Andromache Karakatsanis (1955- ) is appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:
August 26, 2011 - 40 women participated in the Longest Ice Hockey Game 4 CF, at Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks in Burnaby, British Columbia. The goal was to play for the next 10 days as they attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for playing the longest hockey game while also raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
September 1, 2011 - 1st ever economic summit on women is sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC) is held in San Francisco , U.S.A.
November 23, 2011 - Chief Justice Robert Bauman concluded that polygamy remains illegal in Canada. His comprehensive legal opinion is the 1st in the world to fully expose the effects of polygamy. Source: Sally Armstrong, Assent of Women: A New Age is Dawning For Every Mother’s Daughter. (Vintage Canada, 2013) page 79-80.
2011 - Susan Ursel (1958- ) wins the Canadian Bar Association Hero Award in recognition of her contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Committee. Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:
October 21, 2011 - Rona Ambrose (1969- ), Minister responsible for the Status of Women unveiled a plaque in Edmonton, Alberta, recognizing the Persons Case, an event of National Historic Significance.
2011 - Catherine Beaulieu Bouvier Lamoureaux (1836-1918) pioneer of the Northwest Territories is declared an Nationally Historic Person, the 1st Métis woman of the Northwest Territories to receive this distinction.
2011 - Canadian women take international gold medals in soccer.
2011 - Fire Service Women Ontario is formed. Source: Women firefighters as capable as males. Noorthumberlandnews.com Accessed June 2013.
2011 - Erin Bruzzese, a 10 year veteran of the Kamloops British Columbia Fire Rescue, is the 1st woman to appear on the Firefighters annual calendar. She says she volunteered because it is for a good cause> Source: Kamloops Daily News November 12, 2011
2011 - Jennifer Heil (1983- ) finishes her career in freestyle skiing by winning tow Gold Medals in women's moguls at the Freestye Skiing World Championships and is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year
2011 - The British royal family ends a 1000 years of tradition by reversing a primogeniture rule that favoured males for succession to the throne Females now have the same rights to the throne as men
|March 2012 - Crystal Kennedy is
the 1st woman firefighter hired in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Source: CBC News New Brunswick. "Moncton adds female
firefighter to its ranks."
2012 - Olympic Games, London, England, Canada wins Bronze soccer medal.
2012 - Celebrating 1933 - Mary Belle Barclay and her sister E. Catherine Barclay pitch a tent in Bragg Creek, Alberta to welcome campers to the 1st Hostel in North America. In 2012 Parks Canada declare this to be an Historic Site.
June 1-5, 2012 - Canada joins other Commonwealth countries
to celebrate the 60 reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
|2013||February 11, 2013 - Kathleen O'Day Wynne
(1953- ) is sworn in as the 25th
Premier of Ontario, the 1st LBTQ Premier in Canada.
June 13, 2013 - The documentary Sing Me the Songs, Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (1946-2010) is released.
June 19, 2013 - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has elected Zoe Yujnovick, President and CEO of Canada's largest iron ore production company, The Iron Ore Co. of Canada, as Chair of the MAC. She is the 1st woman to be Chair in the Mac's 78 year history.
October 2013 - Christine Sinclair (1983 - ) is inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, Toronto. Source: Walk of Fame
2013 - Eugenie Bouchard (1994- ) ranked # 32 in the Women's Tennis Association is named Most Improved Player and who reaches the Wimbledon finals is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year
January 3, 2013 - Died Joy Roberts-White (1910-2013) broadcast journalist who worked for BBC, CBC, Reuters and CTV
January 5, 2013 - Died Heather B. S. MacGregor (1921-2013) war bride
January 8, 2013 - Died Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) Inuit artist of Cape Dorset
January 12, 2013 - Died Margaret Evelyn Prang (1921-201) pioneer & innovator in developing concept of family which did not necessarily include a husband
January 16, 2013 - Died Marjorie Mills (1945-2013) piano player who recorded with Quality Records of Canada, Master recordings and Gemstone Records
January 16, 2013 - Died Isabel Frances Leith Macdonald (1917-2013) drama teacher
January 23, 2013 - Died Susan Douglas Rubes (1925-2013) actor with a long distinguished career on stage, TV, & film
January 26, 2013 - Died Daurene Lewis (1943-2013) 1st Black woman in Canada to become a mayor when elected mayor of Annapolis, Nova Scotia.
February 8, 2013 - Died Hope Morritt ( -2013) author & educator
March 4, 2013 - Died Lucile Garner Grant (1910-2013) 1st woman hired as a stewardess by Trans-Canada Airlines
March 12, 2013 - Died Madelaine Parent (1918-2013) social activist & labour leader
March 23, 2013 - Died Joan Ann Cooch (1932-2013) pioneer women's hockey coach.
March 27, 2013 - Died Yvonne Brill (1924-2013) award winning, pioneering engineer, & space scientist and inventor
April 1, 2013 - Died Marge Linden (1935-2013), 1st woman all night disc jockey on Montreal Radio &the 1st to appear TV in Montreal.
April 4, 2013 - Died Ayako "Irene" Uchida (191-2013) medical researcher who connected radiation and Downs Syndrome in pregnancy
April 7, 2013 - Died Dr. Betty Feniak (1920-2013) home economics professor University of Manitoba
April 14, 2013 - Died Susan Harrison (1948-2013) author
April 16, 2013 - Died Rita MacNeil (1944-2013) singer who promoted her Maritime homeland
May 5, 2013 - Died Judith Brady (1931-2013) social activist
May 7, 2013 - Died Mariruth Sarsfield (1930-2013),journalist & broadcaster
May 17, 2013 - Died Linda Marie Giesbrecht (1952-2013) lawyer
May 25, 2013 - Died Evelyn Beatrice "Lynn" Tyrrell (1920-2013) fashion designer
June 1, 2013 - Died Jane Purves (1949-2013), journalist & politician
June 3, 2013 - Died Amy Louise Marsland (1924-2013) journalist
June 4, 2013 - Died Elizabeth "Betsey" Carroll Martin (1959-2013) philanthropist
June 14, 2013 - Died Lily Rosebush (1924-2013), pioneer worker against drunk drivers
June 25, 2013 - Died Agnes Holmes (1920-2013, played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
June 26, 2013 - Died Bronislawa "Betty" Barban (1913-2013) pianist, who became 1st conductor of the St John Symphony Orchestra.
June 30, 2013 - Died Bridgid Ann Davidson (1958-2013) social activist
July 12, 2013 - Died Rosemarie Riddell (1946-2013) nurse ahead of her time supporting HIV/Aids patients
August 1, 2013 - Died Anne Goodman (1950-2013) educator
August 11, 2013 - Died Claire Lorraine Mackay (1930-2013) author
August 23, 2013 - Died Goldie "Red" Burns (1925-2013) academic, enthusiastic teacher
September 15, 2013 - Died Reva Potashin (1921-2013) psychologist
September 22, 2013 - Died Eleni Skalbania (1943-2013) businesswoman
September 22, 2013 - Died Clara McCandless Thomas (1919-2013) author & professor.
September 28, 2013 - Died Inger Hansen (1929-2013) Justice in Ontario Court of Justice.
October 8, 2013 - Died Denise Marie Baillargeon (11946-2013) funder of Rescuing Our African Daughters
October 13, 2013 - Died Rosalie Alma Gower (1931-2013) social activist
October 23, 2013 - Died Ruth Galbraith (1932-2013) medical doctor & role model for working mothers
November 4, 2013 - Died Marion Fulton (1921-2013) volunteer, Order of Canada 1978 & Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame 1988
November 12, 2013 - Died Dorothy May Copithorn (1919-2013) musician, piano, & organ
November 15, 2013 - Died Sarla Bedi (1924-2013) in 1976 she became the 1st woman to be registered as a Hindu priest in Ontario.
December 10, 2013 - Died Leigh Anne Chapple (1955-2013) journalist/broadcaster in Ottawa
|2014||February 2014 - Olympic Games
Sochi, Russia. Canadian
Gold Medals: February 8, 2014 Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Freestyle skiing; February 11, 2014, Dara Howell, Freestyle Skiing; February 19, 2014, Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, Bobsleigh; February 20, 2014 , Jenifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Offier, Dawn McEwen, and Kristen Wall women's curling; February 20, 2014, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Gillian Apps, Melodie Daoust, Laura Fortino, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Charline Labonté, Geneviève Lacasse, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Miklelson, Caroline Ouellette, Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau, Natalie Spooner, Shannon Szabados, Jenn Wakfeield, Catherine Ward, Tara Watchorn, and Haley Wickeneiser for Ice hockey; February 21, 2014 Marielle Thompson, Freestyle skiing.
Silver medals: February 8, 2014, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, freestyle skiing; February 9, 2014 Meagan Duhamel, Kristen Moore-Towers, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue, figure skating; February 17, 2014 Dominique Maltais, snowboarding; February 18, 2014 Marie-Eve Drolte, Jessica Hewitt, Valérie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais, shorttrack 3000 meter relay:
Bronze Medals: February 8, 2014 Kelsey Serwa , freestyle skiing; February 11, 2014 Kim Lamarre, freestyle skiing; February 16, 2014 Jan Hudec, alpine skiing.
August 2014 - Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau (1956- ) becomes the 1st Acadian woman to be Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.
2014 - Anne of Green Gables, the Musical, holds the Guiness World Record for the longest musical theatre production marking its 50th anniversary.
November 17-19 2014 - the International Conference on women and Girl Child for Social and Economic Equality is held in Karnataka, India.
2014 - Eugenie Bouchard
reached 5th in the Women's Tennis Association rankings
while being named Most improved player
voted by the
Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's
Top Female Athlete of the Year for the second year
|2015||2015- Sara Jeannette Duncan (1861-1922)
and Agnes Maude Machar (1837-1927) are declared
persons of National Historic Significance
Source: internet news.google.com/newspapers.
March 19, 2015 - Janice Filmon (1943- ) becomes the 2nd woman to be appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
August 29, 2015 - Ashley Callingbull-Burnham earned the title Miss Universe, the 1st First Canadian and 1st First Nations woman to win this title.
November 4, 2016 - the 1st time in Canadian history that the Cabinet of the federal government of Canada includes an equal number of women and men, 15 of each.
2015 - Brooke Henderson (1997- ) the 1sdt Canadian to win on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in more than ten years is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year
January 10, 2015 - Died Anne Abrametz (1915-2015) social activist for Canada's Ukrainian culture preservation
January 10, 2015 - Died Patricia Martens (1952-2015), science researcher
January 23, 2015 - Died Jalynn Bennett (1943-2015) powerhouse businesswoman.
January 23, 2015 - Died Semma Holt (1922-2015) journalist, author & the 1st Jewish woman elected to a seat in House of Commons Ottawa
January 31, 2015 - Died Elise Partridge (1958-2015) poet
February 5, 2015 - Died Louise Maheux-Forcier (1929-2015) acclaimed award winning author
February 26, 2015 - Died Martha Ruth Cohen (1920-2015) social activist & philanthropist
March 17, 2015 - Died Betty Lee (1921-2015) pioneer journalist
May 1, 2015 - Died Elizabeth 'Betty' Whittall (1931-2015) International and Olympic champion swimmer
May 31, 2015 - Died Gladys Taylor ( 2015) writer, journalist & publisher
June 4, 2015 - Died Edythe Elizabeth Goodridge (1937-2015) social activist
June 11, 2015 - Died Kay Helen McDaniel (1917-2015) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
June15, 2015 - Died Helen Dacey Wilson (1927-2015) author, broadcaster and civil servant.
July 11, 2015 - Died Claudia Joan Alexander (1959- 2015) scientist.
July 26, 2015 - Died Flora MacDonald (1926-2015), renowned politician of the 70's & social activist for Afghanistan.
August 13, 2015 - Died Dorothy Muriel Wylie (1929-2015) nurse & educator.
August 23, 2015 - Died Frances Jane Wasselein (1946-2015) social activist & feminist in British Columbia.
August 24 2015 - Died Phyllis 'Pat' Grosskurth (1924-2015) author & 1st female professor in English Department, University of Toronto.
August 25, 2015 - Died Marguerite McDonald (1941-2015) She was the 1st female national reporter at CBC TV’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa
October 4, 2015 - Died Pamela Ann McDougall (1925-2015) Foreign Service Officer, Diplomat
October 16, 2015 - Died Ruth Hammond (1920-2015) pioneer in public relations.
December 16, 2015 - Died Ruth Marion Bell (1919-2015) social activist working for women's right.
December 20, 2015 - Died Hazel Desbarats (1936-2015) stage actress.