This stamp—the second of 10 Canada 150 stamps slated for release before June—commemorates one of the most iconic moments in recent Canadian history, the proclamation of the Constitution Act on April 17, 1982.
The proclamation by Queen Elizabeth II signified a symbolic step in Canada’s independence as a nation. While giving Canada full control over future constitutional amendments, the act also embodies the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees essential rights and freedoms for citizens and others who live in Canada.
The stamp’s design depicts a section of the cover of the printed act. The issue was designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger, of Subplot Design in Vancouver, B.C., and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.
Each of the 10 stamps will celebrate an iconic moment in Canadian history since its centennial in 1967. These moments of great significance were chosen by Canada Post’s 12-member Stamp Advisory Committee.
The first stamp of the Canada 150 series was unveiled on April 27. Tomorrow, the series’ third stamp will be released online at 10 a.m.
“When you see what the content is on that stamp, it’ll become obvious why we chose that route,” said Canada Post spokesman John Hamilton, of tomorrow’s online release.
The remaining unveilings will take place on:
- May 9 in Toronto, Ont.;
- May 16 in Regina, Sask.;
- May 25 in St. John’s, Nfld.;
- May 30 in Iqaluit, Nunavut;
- May 31 in Winnipeg, Man.; and
- June 1 in Vancouver, B.C., where the program’s final two stamps will be unveiled.
The entire series will be available for purchase online and in post offices across the country on June 1 (although pre-ordering is open now).
With each stamp unveiling, videos with these notable Canadians, other key participants and archival footage will tell the story of that stamp subject on canadapost.ca/canada150.