"For the 150th year since Confederation, Canada Post expanded its storytelling role by issuing 10 stamps – in the shape of a maple leaf for the first time in their history."
The Canada 150 issue celebrates 10 of our country’s most transformative moments. These special stamps recreate the events that united us, moved us forward and made us proud to be Canadian. Casting our eyes back on the past 50 years since our centennial in 1967, Canada Post selected 10 truly iconic milestones and accomplishments from a wealth of social progress, innovation and other significant achievements that have positioned us as a vibrant and successful nation on the world stage.
There is no question that we Canadians have so much to celebrate for Canada 150. We are a model of tolerance and diversity to the world - a fact reflected in some of the 10 chosen topics. We showed ourselves to be a nation poised for progress during our 100th anniversary, and over the past five decades, we have proved ourselves as builders, creators and inventors, constantly meeting the challenge to be the very best. We have succeeded and achieved greatness in science, sports, leadership and much more. That excellence, that achievement, is an integral part of this stamp issue.
We want to share this Canada 150 celebration with you - not just through these 10 magnificent maple leaf-shaped stamps - but through the stories behind them, the unveilings where we came together with Canadians across this land - and together we rose, lumps in our collective throats, so proud of what we’ve accomplished and empowered to take on the challenges of the future.
"Canada’s most famous robotics accomplishment – the Canadarm – took flight into space in 1981."
Just two years after Canada’s centennial in 1967, the world watched as two astronauts walked on the moon for the first time. Already a nation of innovators, Canadians were captivated by space and soon became instrumental in developing technologies destined for the stars.
On November 13, 1981, the Canadarm made its space debut on the space shuttle Columbia. The nowfamous robotic arm cemented Canadian expertise in robotics and launched Canada’s close partnership with NASA on human space flight. For 30 years, the Canadarm manoeuvred astronauts, satellites and cargo in space until it was retired along with the space shuttle program in 2011. Today, its legacy continues through Canadarm2 and Dextre, Canada’s advanced robots on the International Space Station, and has inspired technological development in industry, medicine and beyond.
Canadians have earned a reputation for transformative innovations in health care, communications and transportation. Alexander Graham Bell made his first phone call in 1876 in rural Ontario. Dr. John Hopps developed the external electronic pacemaker in the early 1950s, which led to the use of cardiac pacemakers. The first BlackBerry device, released in 1999, quickly revolutionized the smartphone business.
Jeremy Hansen unveiled our Canadarm stamp in a video recorded at Toronto’s Glen Ames Senior Public School, April 28.