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Events from the year 1970 in Canada.
January to June
July to December
- July 5 - 109 people are killed in the crash of an Air Canada DC-8.
- August 2 - Three Canadians are killed when a ferry collides with a Soviet freighter off British Columbia
- August 17 - Arthur Erickson is awarded at Expo '70 for his design of the Canadian pavilion
- August 20 - The Sudbury, Ontario tornado event, with winds up to 100 miles per hour, hits Sudbury and Field, Ontario. It was one of the worst tornadoes in Canadian history — killing six people, injuring 200, and causing C$17 million dollars in property damage.
- September 27 - TVOntario begins broadcasting
- October - Canada establishes formal relations with the People's Republic of China.
- October 5 - October Crisis: British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped by the FLQ.
- October 5 - Award-winning news & current affairs program, 24Hours starts on CBWT in Winnipeg.
- October 10 - October Crisis: Quebec Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte is kidnapped by FLQ.
- October 13 - Canada and the People's Republic of China establish diplomatic relations.
- October 16 - October Crisis: Pierre Trudeau introduces the War Measures Act to deal with the FLQ threat. Trudeau also addresses the nation in a televised speech explaining why he invoked the War Measures Act.
- October 17 - October Crisis: The body of Pierre Laporte is found in the trunk of a car.
- October 28 - Gerald Regan becomes Premier of Nova Scotia after his Liberals defeat George Smith's Conservatives in the 1970 election.
- November 6 - Police raid the hiding place of the FLQ's Chenier cell, arresting Bernard Lortie for the kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte.
- November 12 - Richard Hatfield becomes Premier of New Brunswick after his Conservatives defeat Louis Robichaud's Liberals in the 1970 election.
- December 3 - October Crisis: James Cross is released unharmed by FLQ
- December 28 - October Crisis: The FLQ kidnappers of Pierre Laporte are caught.
Full date unknown
Arts and literature
January to March
- January 6 - David Saint-Jacques, astronaut
- January 19 - Donald Haddow, swimmer
- January 24 - Lynn Coady, novelist and journalist
- February 18 - Raine Maida, singer and songwriter
- February 22 – Nicole Oliver, actress, voice actress, and singer
- February 23 - Marie-Josée Croze, actress
- March 5 - Paul Whelan, detainee in Russia
- March 18 - Ian Bird, field hockey player
- March 20 - Andrew Kishino, actor, voice actor, and rapper
April to June
- April 8 - J. R. Bourne, actor
- April 11 - Trevor Linden, ice hockey player
- May 3 - Marie-Soleil Tougas, Quebec actress and TV host (d. 1997)
- May 4
- May 6 - Kavan Smith, actor
- May 8 - Naomi Klein, author and activist
- May 11 - Heather Stefanson, politician
- May 12 - Mike Weir, golfer
- May 19
- May 20 - Jason York, ice hockey player
- June 2 - Patricia Noall, swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist
- June 3 - Julie Masse, pop singer
- June 4 - Donald Farley, cross-country skier (d. 2016)
- June 12 - Gordon Michael Woolvett, actor
- June 23 - Kerri Buchberger, volleyball player
July to September
October to December
- October 5 - Tina Poitras, race walker
- October 8 - Heather Jones, field hockey player
- November 9 - Chris Jericho, wrestler, actor, author, radio and television host and rock musician
- November 10 - Sue Reid, field hockey player
- November 12 - Sarah Harmer, singer-songwriter and activist
- November 15 - Jeff Adams, wheelchair athlete, multiple Paralympic medalist and World Champion
- December 15 - Michael Shanks, actor
- December 18 - Victoria Pratt, actress and model
- December 19 - Jonathan Cleveland, swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist
- December 20 - Nicole de Boer, actress
- December 22 - Ted Cruz, politician, and U.S. Senator from Texas since 2013
- December 23 - Catriona Le May Doan, speed skater, double Olympic gold medalist and World Champion
- December 25 - Stu Barnes, ice hockey player and coach
Full date unknown
- January 23 - Nell Shipman, actress, screenwriter, producer, and animal trainer (b.1892)
- January 29 - Lawren Harris, Group of Seven painter (b.1885)
- February 21 - Louis-René Beaudoin, politician and Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada (b.1912)
- February 27 - Marie Dionne, one of the Dionne quintuplets (b.1934)
- March 11 - William Stewart Wallace, historian
- March 23 - Del Lord, film director and actor (b.1894)
- April 6 - Émile Coderre, French-Canadian poet
- May 9 - Andrew Watson Myles, politician (b.1884)
- May 31 - Terry Sawchuk, ice hockey player (b.1929)
- June 12 - John Keiller MacKay, soldier, jurist and 19th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (b.1888)
- June 22 - William Melville Martin, politician and Premier of Saskatchewan (b.1876)
- October 17 - Pierre Laporte, Quebec politician and Minister, kidnapped and murdered by Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) (b.1921)
- September 12 - Jacob Viner, economist (b.1892)
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