However, measurement in Canada is somewhat of a hybrid between the imperial and metric systems, much as the country's language and culture tend to be a mix of its American and British roots. Generally, though, weight is measured in grams & kilograms (there are 1000 grams in a kilogram).
The United States, on the other hand, uses the Imperial System exclusively, so there, weight is discussed in pounds and ounces
To convert from pounds to kilograms, divide by 2.2 and to convert from kilograms to pounds, multiply by 2.2. Too much math? Try an online calculator.
Weights in Canada
Many Canadians give their height in feet/inches and their weight in pounds. Grocery stores sell produce usually by the pound, but meat and cheese are sold by the 100 grams.
Best advice is to be aware of these differences, making note of whether something is in pounds or kilograms. Lots of handy conversion apps are available for your phone for quick and easy calculations.
Common Weights in Canada
|Weight Measurement||Grams (g) or Kilograms (kg)||Ounces (oz) or Pounds (lb)|
|Each piece of checked baggage on airplanes is generally charged extra if over 50 lb||23 - 32 kg||51 - 70 lb|
|Average man's weight||82 kg||180 lb|
|Average woman's weight||64 kg||140 lb|
|Meat and cheese is weighed per 100 grams in Canada||100 g||about 1/5 lb|
|12 slices of cheese||200 g||just under 1/2 lb|
|Enough sliced meat for about 6 sandwiches||300 g||bit over 1/2 lb|