Convincingly Canadian Canada 150 Poll

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Forum Celebrates Canada 150 With a Convincingly Canadian Poll

Toronto, June 30th – In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Forum Research, using its well-known Forum Poll, conducted a survey amongst 1620 Canadian voters; respondents were asked about their thoughts on the most Canadian food and animal, as well as questions testing their knowledge of Canada’s government and territory, amongst many others.

Forum is so fortunate to be headquartered in the greatest country on earth.

We hope you enjoy the results.

Confusion amongst Canadians on the country’s head of state

Fewer than one-third (28%) can correctly identify Canada’s head of state as Her Majesty the Queen. Fewer than one third, though statistically tied with the Queen, (31%) identifies the Canadian head of government, the Prime Minister.

2 in 10 (21%) said the Governor General is Canada’s official head of state, while fewer than 1 in 10 identified the Lieutenant Governor (9%) as the head of state. (12%) said they do not know.

Respondents most likely to correctly identify The Queen as the official Canadian head of state include those earning $60,000-$80,000 (31%), $80,000-$100,000 (34%), or the most wealthy (33%), living in Ontario (33%), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (32%), or BC (35%), supporting the NDP (36%) or Green Party (37%), and with a college or university (31%) or post-graduate degree (34%).

A third think Northwest Territory is largest in Canada

But only (14%) can correctly identify that it’s actually Nunavut that is the largest province or territory in the country.

A third (32%) said Northwest Territory, fewer than 2 in 10 identified each of Quebéc (18%) or Ontario (18%) as the largest, but few thought either BC (3%) or Yukon (3%) was the biggest.

Respondents most likely to correctly identify Nunavut as Canada’s largest province or territory include those 34 and younger (22%), the most wealthy (21%), living in the Atlantic provinces (20%), with a university/college (17%) or post-graduate degree (17%).

Respondents reached on a mobile phone (18%) were almost twice as likely to correctly identify Nunavut than those reached on a landline (10%).

Three quarters know MP stands for Member of Parliament

(73%) were able to correctly identify that MP stands for member of parliament. Just over 1 in 10 thought (11%) it stood for Minister of Parliament, few thought it stood for member of politics (3%), and almost no-one (0%) thought it stood for master of parades.

Respondents most likely to correctly identify member of parliament include those aged 55-64 (77%) and 65+ (76%), males (76%), earning $80,000-$100,000 (90%), living in Alberta (89%), supporting the Conservatives (76%) or Liberals (77%), and with a post-graduate degree (83%).

Canadians apologize. A lot. Sorry about that.

Canadians were asked how often they say sorry. The plurality, almost 4 in 10, (38%) respond they say sorry at least daily, with just under 2 in 10 (17%) responding they say sorry hourly.

Just under a quarter (22%) say they apologize 3-5 per week, while (18%) say they apologize a times per month.

A stubborn (5%) say they never say sorry.

People living in Canada, mostly identify themselves as Canadian first

Almost two-thirds (62%) identify themselves first by their country, for example “I am Canadian.” Fewer than a quarter (21%) identify themselves first by their province, for example, I am an Ontarian. Just over 1 in 10 (14%) identify themselves first by their city, for example “I am a Winnepeger.”

Respondents most likely to identify as Canadians first include those aged 55-64 (66%) or 65+ (68%), the most wealthy (72%), living in Ontario (74%) or BC (73%), supporting the Conservative Party (69%), and with a post-graduate degree (68%).

Respondents most likely to identify first with their province include those aged 35-44 (24%) or 45-54 (22%), earning $20,000-$40,000 (26%) or $40,000-$60,000 (24%), living in Québec (42%), and supporting the BQ (66%).

Respondents most likely to identify first with their city include the least wealthy (16%), earning $40,000-$60,000 (17%) or $80,000-$100,000 (17%), living in the Atlantic Provinces (17%) or Québec (15%), and supporting the Liberals (15%) or NDP (17%).

Maple Syrup described as the most Canadian food

Just under two-thirds (62%) say maple syrup is the most Canadian food. Poutine is a distant second with just over 1 in 10 (14%). It’s followed by bacon (8%), beer (5%), other (5%), donuts (4%), and rounded out by ketchup chips (2%).

Canadians not homebodies, most have visited at least one other province or territory

In a very broad base, more than 9 in 10 (92%) said they have visited at least one other Canadian Province or Territory. Only (8%) have traveled through their own province only. 


% total*

Your own province only


1 other


2 others


3 others


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5 others


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8-9 others


10-12 others


*may not add up to 100 due to rounding

Just under a third say William Shatner most famous living actor

(29%) said that William Shatner, iconic for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, is Canada’s most famous living actor. Just under a quarter (21%) said it was Jim Carrey.

Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer received (15%). Ryan Reynolds (12%) and Ryan Gosling (11%) round out the top five.

Also submitted for consideration by Canadians were Keanu Reeves (7%), Rachel McAdams 3%), and Sarah Polley (2%).

Canadian hearts still go on for Celine

More than 4 in 10 (41%) say Celine Dion is Canada’s most famous living musician. Justin Bieber (14%) is a distant second, followed by Neil Young (12%), and Bryan Adams (11%).

Clustered in a statistical tie are Drake (8%), Shania Twain (8%), and Anne Murray (7%). The Weeknd (2%) rounds out the list.

Trudeau Sr. seen as greatest PM, followed by Sir John A. MacDonald

A third (32%) of Canadians say Pierre Elliot Trudeau is Canada’s greatest Prime Minister. Father of confederation, Sir John A. MacDonald, was seen as the greatest PM by 2 in 10 (20%).

Lester Pearson (13%) is third, with a cluster of Prime Ministers statistically tied just behind him.

Jean Chretien (10%), Wilfrid Laurier (9%), and Brian Mulroney (8%) are knotted together within the margin of error. Mackenzie King sees only (5%) support, and Louis St. Laurent sees only (2%).

The proud and noble beaver seen as the most Canadian animal

Almost two-thirds (59%) say that the beaver is the most Canadian animal. The moose is well back, with just over 2 in 10 (21%) saying the gentle Canadian giant is the most Canadian.

The caribou (8%), the grizzly bear (5%), the plains bison (3%), and the bighorn sheep (1%) did not receive much support from Canadians, though other did receive (4%) of responses.

“Canada is an amazing country, with startling natural beauty and a diverse and incredible population,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research. “We are so fortunate to live in this great country and here at Forum we’re happy to contribute in our small way to the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday with this celebratory poll.”

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.