How Well Do You Know the Average Canadian?

By: J. Reinoehl
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About This Quiz

What comes to mind when someone talks about Canadians? You might know the stereotype, but you can test exactly how much you really know about the average Canadian by taking this quiz!

How tall is the average Canadian man?

Scottish-born Canadian Angus MacAskill was 7 ft 9 in and the tallest recorded man who was not tall from a pathological reason. On average, women are 5 ft 4 in.

How much does the average Canadian man weigh?

“Let us be English, or let us be French… but above all, let us be Canadians.” –John A. Macdonald

How much does the average Canadian earn each year?

The average hourly wage paid to full-time Canadian employees was $27.70. Specialist physicians and dentists are among the highest paid.

What time does the average Canadian wake up each day?

“I love being Canadian. I think growing up in Canada gives you a world perspective that I certainly enjoy.” –Ryan Gosling, actor

The average Canadian household has a pet, but what kind of pet is it most likely to be?

Most households with pets in Canada have cats instead of dogs or any other animal. In at least one case, a Canadian farmer was allowed to claim pet food on his taxes because he was feeding his outdoor dog and cat so they would scare predators away from his other animals.

How many alcoholic beverages does the average Canadian drink each week?

Worldwide, Canadians rank closer to the top (40th out of 200 countries). One study found that only 1/3 of the Canadians in it accurately reported their alcohol consumption to interviewers in part because of confusion about a serving.

What credit card balance does the average Canadian have?

“Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country and when they feel that Canada belongs to them.” –Pierre Trudeau, Canadian statesman

How much does the average Canadian home cost?

Toronto and Vancouver often affect home prices so much that a separate average is calculated that doesn’t include these two cities. In general, Canadians live in a single detached house.

How much television does the average Canadian watch each week?

The average Canadian will watch around 25,000 commercials each year. Most Canadians have one television in the main bedroom, and 128,000 Canadians admit having one television in the bathroom as well.

What is the average age of a Canadian?

“There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an “all-Canadian” boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.” –Pierre Trudeau, Canadian statesman

How much of their income does the average Canadian family spend on all taxes (income, sales, property, etc.)?

From 1961 to 2014, taxes in Canada were raised by almost 2000%. Food has risen at a slower rate—only about 560%.

What is the average life expectance for a Canadian male?

“Canada is not a melting pot. Canada is an association of peoples who have and cherish great differences, but who work together because they can respect themselves and each other.” –Vincent Massey

How many children does the average Canadian woman have?

Each Canadian woman has her first child, on average, when she is 28 years old. Currently, Canada relies on immigration for population growth because the replacement-level fertility rate is 2.1 children per mother.

Which grocery item is purchased the most by the average Canadian?

In 2009, Canada made a law called the Apology Act because of the frequency with which Canadians apologize. The act states that an apology is not an admission of fault for legal purposes, but simply an expression of sympathy.

How much does the average Canadian give to charity each year?

“I grew up being a socialist, and I have problems with it because I grew up in Canada [and] I've spent a lot of time in Scandinavia, where I believe countries legislate out creativity… I came to America from Canada because Canada is stultifying boring and incredibly hypocritical.” –Shane Smith, CEO of Vice magazine

How much cash does the average Canadian carry on them?

The average Canadian generally has enough cash on hand to make five purchases. The average Canadian withdraws $118 each time he or she uses the ATM, $236 at the bank teller, and $43 as cash back from a point-of-sale purchase.

How many close friends does the average Canadian have?

The average Canadian is also close to 5 or more relatives (including the ones in the same household). The average Canadian also uses social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The average Canadian is most likely to visit which country?

Canadians spent almost $20 billion Canadian dollars in the United States in 2015. Mexico was the second-most visited place with only 1/10 the number of Canadians visiting it compared to the number who visited the United States.

How much does the average Canadian contribute each year to a retirement savings plan (RSP)?

RRSPs are retirement plans similar to the American IRA, The Super in Australia and the British ISA. Canadians can contribute $26,010 each year (as of 2017).

How many years of education does the average Canadian have?

“Canadian education is probably the best in the world if you can survive it. If you can’t, there is nothing left for you but the diplomatic corps.” –Peter von Ustinov, Canadian actor

How many eggs does the average Canadian eat each week?

Egg farms are highly regulated in Canada. One egg farm in the United States produces as many eggs as all the egg farms in Canada.

How much water does the average Canadian use each day?

Water use has decreased from 90 gallons (342 liters) in 1991. Still, the average Canadian uses almost twice as much water as the average French person.

What is the number one sport for the average Canadian child between 5 and 14?

Although hockey is associated with Canada because the sport was invented there, soccer has been rising in popularity and beaten hockey for the past two decades. Most Canadians haven’t given up on their national pastime—they are just finding it too expensive for their children to participate.

What does the average Canadian call their dollar?

The dollar coin has had a picture of the Canadian loon on it since 1987. The coin is composed of 91.5% nickel with 8.5% bronze plating.

How many hours a week does the average Canadian spend reading?

Canadians are 99% literate, but only spend a little less than 6 hours a week reading. Americans spend about seven minutes less, but Australians spend 6 hours and 18 minutes reading each week.

How much does the average Canadian spend on Christmas gifts each year?

The average Canadian plans to spend about $800 on Christmas gifts alone each year. Canadians plan to spend $1,500 on the entire holiday.

What religion does the average Canadian believe in?

“The young people, who were all Canadians, immediately formed themselves into a committee of the whole from which they elected a working committee, which discussed the matter for about an hour. Though, as it was a committee, the time seemed to be a year and a day.” –Robertson Davies, author

How much time does the average Canadian spend commuting to work each day?

In 2011, 74% of Canadian commuters used their own car, truck or van to travel to work. Another 5.6% were passengers in someone else’s vehicle. Only 12% used public transportation, and about 7% walked or rode a bicycle.

The average Canadian will eat at home for dinner, but what will he or she prepare as the main dish?

The average Canadian household stays home to eat, but the percentage of Canadians eating out is increasing. About one-third of all Canadian children help with the meal, usually by setting the table.

About how much money does the average Canadian spend on clothing each year?

“Most Americans don’t understand Canadian political parties. Neither do most Canadians.” –Eric Nicol, Canadian writer and humorist

What will the average Canadian die of?

The average Canadian woman lives to be 84 and the average man 80. The average Canadian will die of coronary heart disease.

How old is the average Canadian bride?

Canadians spend, on average, $31,100 on a wedding. Each guest spends about $703 USD to attend a Canadian wedding.

How much time does the average Canadian spend on the Internet each month?

Most Canadians use the Internet to check email or check the weather. Canadians also spend 7 hours a week social networking.

What angers the average Canadian the most?

Over 70% of Canadian people get ticked off seeing someone cut in line. About 66% get upset seeing people who neglect to clean up after their dogs, whereas bad manners and telemarketers irritate 58% of them.

How much waste does the average Canadian create each year?

Most of the waste produced by Canadians is organic: (29%) garbage, (17%) cardboard and boxboard, (13%) newsprint. Canadians are the world’s eighth highest electricity consumers, consuming almost 15,000 kWh per capita.

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