Head of state (monarch) – Queen Elizabeth II (consort – Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
Governor general – Edward Schreyer (viceregal consort – Lily Schreyer)
Prime minister – Pierre Trudeau
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Francis Charles Lynch-Staunton
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Henry Pybus Bell-Irving
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Pearl McGonigal
Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – George Stanley
Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – William Anthony Paddon
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – John Elvin Shaffner
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – John Black Aird
Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Joseph Aubin Doiron
Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Jean-Pierre Côté
Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Irwin McIntosh
Premier of Alberta – Peter Lougheed
Premier of British Columbia – Bill Bennett
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 – Bill Davis
Premier of Prince Edward Island – James Lee
Premier of Quebec – René Lévesque
Premier of Saskatchewan – Allan Blakeney (Until May 8) then Grant Devine
Commissioner of Yukon – Douglas Bell
Commissioner of Northwest Territories – John Havelock Parker
Premier of the Northwest Territories – George Braden
Premier of Yukon – Chris Pearson
January 11 - CBC's The National moves to 10 p.m. and The Journal debuts at 10:22 p.m..
January 15 - Striking Quebec transit workers are forced back to work.
February - First reported cases of AIDS in Canada.
February 14 - 84 are killed when the Ocean Ranger oil platform capsizes.
March 4 - Bertha Wilson is appointed Canada's first female Supreme Court justice.
March 8 - The Canada Act is passed by the British House of Commons.
April 14 - Northwest Territories division plebiscite, 1982.
April 17 - Elizabeth II signs Canada's newly patriated constitution in Ottawa and the new Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms comes into effect.
April 26 - Saskatchewan election: Grant Devine's PCs win a landslide majority, defeating Allan Blakeney's NDP.
May 5 - Peru requests Canadian intervention in the ongoing Falklands War.
May 8 - Grant Devine becomes Premier of Saskatchewan after defeating Allan Blakeney's NDP.
May 23 - André Besette beatified by the Pope.
June 12 - The first drawing of Lotto 6/49 occurs with a jackpot of $500,000 ($1154826.96 today). Winning numbers are 03, 11, 12, 14, 41, 43, bonus 13.
June 28 - Access to Information Act passed.
July 15 - Anik 1, Canada's first communications satellite, is retired after ten years' service.
July 26 - Karen Baldwin is crowned Miss Universe in Lima, Peru, becoming the first Canadian to win this award.
August 16 - Communications satellite Anik D launched.
August 23 - Turkish military attaché to Canada, Colonel Atilla Altıkat, is assassinated by Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide in Ottawa.
October 5 - Laurie Skreslet becomes the first Canadian to climb Mount Everest.
October 27 - Dominion Day renamed Canada Day.
October 31 - Marguerite Bourgeoys becomes Canada's first female saint.
November 2 - Alberta election: Peter Lougheed's PCs win a fourth consecutive majority.
December 10 - Canada's 200 nautical mile (370 km) limit is officially recognized.
The year sees a severe recession in the economy.
In a case concerning the development of the Hibernia Oil Field the Supreme Court rules that the continental shelf falls under federal jurisdiction.
Ed Mirvish purchases London's Old Vic theatre.
Colin Thatcher is elected to his third term in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, where he is appointed Minister of Energy and Mines.
Dig up My Heart: Milton Acorn
See 1982 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
Books in Canada First Novel Award: Joy Kogawa, Obasan
Gerald Lampert Award: Abraham Boyarsky, Schielber and Edna Alford, A Sleep Full of Dreams
Pat Lowther Award: Rona Murray, Journey
Stephen Leacock Award: Mervyn J. Huston, Gophers Don't Pay Taxes Tree
Vicky Metcalf Award: Janet Lunn
Arnold Spohr wins the Dancemagazine Award
May 9 - Gilles Villeneuve killed at the Belgian Grand Prix.
January 5 – Tiiu Nurmberg, skier
March 10 – Kathleen Stoody, swimmer
March 18 – Matthew Lombardi, ice hockey player
March 30 – A-Trak, DJ and turntablist
April 3 – Cobie Smulders, actress and model
April 9 – Jay Baruchel, actor and comedian
April 14 – Lise Leveille, gymnast
April 16 – Aaron Feltham, water polo player
May 6 – Kyle Shewfelt, gymnast
May 10 – Adam Sioui, swimmer
May 11 – Cory Monteith, actor (d. 2013)
May 12 – Rhian Wilkinson, soccer player
May 23 – Linda Consolante, soccer player
June 9 – Rachel Schill, softball player
June 16 – Kathy Tremblay, triathlete
June 23 – Derek Boogaard, hockey player (d. 2011)
July – Gregory Despres, murder
July 6 – Kelly Stefanyshyn, swimmer
July 9 – Viola Yanik, wrestler
July 24 – Luka Magnotta, actor and murder
September 1 – Jeffrey Buttle, figure skater, Olympic bronze medalist and World Champion
September 2 – Kelly Haxton, soccer player
September 21 – Cindy Eadie, softball player
October 31 – Justin Chatwin, actor
November 26 – Alison Braden, water polo player
November 29 – Elizabeth Collins, swimmer
December 29 – Brian Hill, Paralympic swimmer
December 30 – Kristin Kreuk, actress
Ryan Riordon, politician
January 5 - Elizabeth Bagshaw, doctor (b.1881)
March 28 - William Giauque, chemist and Nobel laureate (b.1895)
May 8 - Gilles Villeneuve, motor racing driver (b.1950).
June 10 - Elizabeth Goudie, writer (b.1902).
June 28 - Igor Gouzenko, Russian defector (b.1919)
July 25 - Hal Foster, cartoonist (b.1892)
October 4 - Glenn Gould, pianist (b.1932)
October 16 - Hugh John Flemming, politician and 24th Premier of New Brunswick (b.1899)
October 16 - Hans Selye, endocrinologist (b.1907)
October 18 - John Robarts, lawyer, politician and 17th Premier of Ontario (b.1917)
November 2 - J. Dewey Soper, Arctic explorer, zoologist, ornithologist and author (b.1893)
November 19 - Erving Goffman, sociologist and writer (b.1922)
November 29 - Percy Williams, athlete and double Olympic gold medalist (b.1908)
December 7 - Harry Jerome, track and field runner (b.1940)
December 19 - George Isaac Smith, lawyer, politician and Premier of Nova Scotia (b.1909)
1982 in Canada Wikipedia
Events from the year 1982 in Canada.