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Only a small percentage of the great inventions invented by Canadian inventors are listed below.

  • 5 Pin Bowling A truly Canadian sport invented by T.E. Ryan of Toronto in 1909[
  • Able Walker The walker was patented by Norm Rolston in 1986
  • Access Bar Patented food bar designed to help burn fat by Dr Larry Wang
  • Air-Conditioned Railway Coach Invented by Henry Ruttan in 1858
  • Abdominizer The infomercial exercise darling invented by Dennis Colonello in 1984
  • AC Radio Tube Invented by Edward Samuels Rogers in 1925
  • Acetylene Thomas L. Wilson invented the production process in 1892
  • Acetylene Buoy Invented by Thomas L. Wilson in 1904
  • Agrifoam Crop Cold Protector Co-invented in 1967 by D. Siminovitch & J. W. Butler
  • Analytical Plotter 3D map-making system invented by Uno Vilho Helava in 1957
  • Andromonon Three-wheeled vehicle invented in 1851 by Thomas Turnbull
  • Anti-Gravity Suit Invented by Wilbur Rounding Franks in 1941, a suit for high altitude jet pilots
  • Automatic Foghorn The first steam foghorn was invented by Robert Foulis in 1859
  • Automatic Machinery Lubricator One of the many inventions invented by Elijah McCoy
  • Automatic Postal Sorter In 1957, Maurice Levy invented a postal sorter that could handle 200,000 letters an hour
  • Basketball Invented by James Naismith in 1891
  • Bone Marrow Compatibility Test Invented by Barbara Bain in 1960
  • Bromine A process to extract was invented by Herbert Henry Dow in 1890
  • Calcium Carbide Thomas Leopold Willson invented a process for Calcium Carbide in 1892
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale Invented in 1907 by John A. McLaughlin
  • Chocolate Nut Bar Arthur Ganong made the first nickel bar in 1910
  • Computerized Braille Invented by Roland Galarneau in 1972
  • Creed Telegraph System Fredrick Creed invented a way to convert Morse Code to text in 1900
  • Compound Steam Engine Invented by Benjamin Franklin Tibbetts in 1842
  • CPR Mannequin invented by Dianne Croteau in 1989
  • Electric Car Heater Thomas Ahearn invented the first electric car heater in 1890
  • Electric Cooking Range Thomas Ahearn invented the first in 1882
  • Electric Light Bulb Henry Woodward invented an electric light bulb in 1874 and sold the patent to Thomas Edison
  • Electron Microscope Eli Franklin Burton, Cecil Hall, James Hillier, Albert Prebus co-invented the electron microscope in 1937
  • Electric Organ Morse Robb of Belleville, Ontario, patented the world's first electric organ in 1928
  • Electric Streetcar John Joseph Wright invented an electric streetcar in 1883
    • Fathometer An early form of sonar invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1919
    • Film Colourization Invented by Wilson Markle in 1983
    • Garbage Bag (polyethylene) Invented by Harry Wasylyk in 1950
    • Goalie Mask Invented by Jaques Plante in 1960
    • Gramophone Co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell & Emile Berliner in 1889
    • Green Ink Currency ink invented by Thomas Sterry Hunt in 1862
    • Half-tone Engraving Co-invented by Georges Edouard Desbarats and William Augustus Leggo in 1869
    • Heart Pacemaker Invented by Dr. John A. Hopps in 1950
    • Hydrofoil Boat Co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell and Casey Baldwin in 1908
    • IMax Movie System Co-invented in 1968 by Grahame Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, and Robert Kerr
    • Instant Mashed Potatos Dehydrated potato flakes were invented by Edward A. Asselbergs in 1962
    • Insulin Process Fredrick Banting, J. J. Macleod, Charles Best and Collip invented the process for insulin in 1922
    • JAVA Software programming language invented by James Gosling in 1994
    • Jetliner The first commercial jetliner to fly in North America was designed by James Floyd in 1949. The first test flight of the Avro Jetliner was on August 10 1949.
    • Jolly Jumper Baby's delight invented by Olivia Poole in 1959
    • Kerosene Invented by Doctor Abraham Gesner in 1846
    • Lawn Sprinkler Another invention made by Elijah McCoy
    • Light Bulb Leads Leads made of nickel & iron alloy were invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1892
    • Marquis Wheat Invented by Sir Charles E. Saunders in 1908
    • McIntosh Apple Invented by John McIntosh in 1796
    • Music Synthesizer Invented by Hugh Le Caine in 1945
    • Newsprint Invented by Charles Fenerty in 1838
    • Odometer Invented by Samuel McKeen in 1854
    • Paint Roller invented by Norman Breakey of Toronto in 1940
    • Plexiglas Polymerized Methyl Methacrylate invented by William Chalmers in 1931
    • Polypump Liquid Dispenser Harold Humphrey made pumpable liquid hand soap possible in 1972
    • Portable Film Developing System Invented by Arthur Williams McCurdy in 1890, but he foolishly sold the patent to George Eastman in 1903
    • Potato Digger Invented by Alexander Anderson in 1856
    • Process to Extract Helium from Natural Gas Invented by Sir John Cunningham McLennan in 1915
    • Prosthetic Hand An electric prosthetic invented by Helmut Lucas in 1971
    • Quartz Clock Warren Marrison developed the first quartz clock
    • R-Theta Navigation System Invented by J.E.G. Wright in 1958
    • Radio-Transmitted Voice Invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1904
    • Railway Car Brake Invented by George B. Dorey in 1913
    • Railway Sleeper Car Invented by Samuel Sharp in 1857
    • Robertson Screw Invented by Peter L. Robertson in 1908
    • Rotary Blow Molding Machine Plastic bottle maker invented by Gustave Côté in 1966
    • Rotary Railroad Snowplow Invented by J.E. Elliott in 1869
    • Rubber Shoe Heels Elijah McCoy patented an important improvement to rubber heels in 1879
    • Safety Paint A high reflectivity paint invented by Neil Harpham in 1974
    • Screw Propeller Ship's propeller invented by John Patch in 1833
    • Silicon Chip Blood Analyzer Invented by Imants Lauks in 1986
    • SlickLicker Made for cleaning oil spills and patented by Richard Sewell in 1970
    • Snowblower Invented by Arthur Sicard in 1925
    • Snowmobile Invented by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1958
    • Standard Time Invented by Sir Sanford Fleming in 1878
    • Stereo-orthography Map Making System Invented by T.J. Blachut, Stanley Collins in 1965
    • Superphosphate Fertilizer Invented by Thomas L. Wilson in 1896
    • Synthetic Sucrose Invented by Dr. Raymond Lemieux in 1953
    • Television System Reginald A. Fessenden patented a television system in 1927
    • Television Camera Invented by F. C. P. Henroteau in 1934
    • Telephone Invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876
    • Telephone Handset Invented by Cyril Duquet in 1878
    • Tone-to-Pulse Converter Invented by Michael Cowpland in 1974
    • Trivial Pursuit Invented in 1979 by Chris Haney and Scott Abbott
    • Tuck-Away-Handle Beer Carton Invented by Steve Pasjac in 1957
    • Undersea Telegraph Cable Invented by Fredrick Newton Gisborne in 1857
    • UV-degradable Plastics Invented by Dr. James Guillet in 1971
    • Variable Pitch Aircraft Propeller Invented by Walter Rupert Turnbull in 1922
    • Walkie-Talkie Invented by Donald L. Hings in 1942
    • Wireless Radio Invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1900
    • Wirephoto Edward Samuels Rogers invented the first in 1925
    • Zipper Invented by Gideon Sundback in 1913

Nobel Prize Winner
Sir Frederick Banting

Nobel Prize Winner
Dr. Charles Best

There are so many fantastic canadian inventions, but one of the greatest has got to be insulin.

Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best are perhaps the most well-known Canadian medical figures. Their names are synonymous with the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921-22. Insulin is a life-saving treatment for people suffering from diabetes, and it is hailed as one of the twentieth century's greatest medical discoveries. But the discovery of insulin was in fact a collaborative process; it was the result of a four-man research team - physician Frederick Banting, graduate student Charles Best, Professor of Physiology J.J.R. Macleod, and biochemist J.B. Collip.

"Electric Light."
Patent no. 3738, filed by Henry

The Light Bulb

Patent no. 3738. Filing year 1874.

"Electric Light," Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans.

It is commonly believed that the great American inventor Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, which he patented in the United States in 1879. Edison's bulb, however, was predated by several electric light prototypes, one of which was patented in 1874 by two Canadians.

Unfortunately, Woodward and Evans were unable to interest investors in their idea. In 1876, Woodward applied for a patent in the United States. Edison saw the concept's potential and in 1879 bought the patent rights from Woodward.  More......


The Original 1968 Wonderbra Ad

The Wonderbra is a type of push-up brassiere that gained worldwide prominence in the 1990s. Although the Wonderbra name was first trademarked in the U.S. in 1935,[1] the brand was developed in Canada. Moses (Moe) Nadler, founder and majority owner of the Canadian Lady Corset Company, licensed the trademark for the Canadian market in 1939. By the 1960s the Canadian Lady brand had become known in Canada as "Wonderbra, the company." In 1961 the company introduced the Model 1300 plunge push-up bra. This bra became one of the best-selling Canadian styles and is virtually identical to today's Wonderbra.  More....

Before the Second World War broke out, elastic materials were rationed and unavailable for clothing. Israel (Hi) Pilot designed an improved cup with a diagonal slash, shoulder strap attachment. This innovation on existing bra design provided more comfort and freedom of movement for the wearer.

James Naismith
Invented Basketball


James Naismith was the Canadian physical education instructor who invented basketball in 1891. James Naismith  was born in Almonte, Ontario and educated at McGill University and Presbyterian Cllege in Montreal.  More.....

Joseph-Armand Bombardier
The Father Of Snowmobiles

Joseph-Armand Bombardier obtains his first patent for the development of a tracked vehicle for travelling over snow, later named the "B7 snowmobile".


Joseph-Armand Bombardier obtains his first patent for the development of a tracked vehicle for travelling over snow, later named the "B7 snowmobile". Born in Quebec in 1907, Joseph started inventing at the early age of 10. By the time he was 15 he had already designed and built a machine that glided on snow. It resembled a  large sleigh powered by a Ford Model T engine with a wooden airplane propeller at the back.

The first Ski-Doo had a metal shell and wooden skis. It sold for $990.
Polaris Industries of Minnesota first sold a "motorized sled" in 1955 but the Bombardier design became the industry standard.

First Snow Blower

Canadian Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower in 1925.

Canadian inventor, Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower in 1925. The Montreal based inventor sold his first, "Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower" to the nearby town of Outremont in 1927.
Arthur Sicard (December 17, 1876 - September 13, 1946) is credited as the inventor of the snow blower. Arthur Sicard lived on a farm when he was a boy, and used to sell milk. Finding that snowfall would prevent his selling of milk, he dreamed up an idea for a machine that would blow snow and clear up roadways. In 1925 Sicard completed his first prototype, based on a concept he described in 1894.  He founded Sicard Industries in Sainte-Therese, Quebec and by 1927 his vehicles were in use removing snow from the roadways of the town of Outremont, now a borough of Montreal. His company is now a division of SMI-Snowblast, Inc. of Watertown, New York, USA, as well as a Canadian operation, Sicard SSI Group, Inc. in Knowlton, Quebec.

Canadian Beer Commercial With The Proclaimers


The Blackberry