Metric Weight Table

Metric Weights for Visitors to Canada

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In the 1970's, Canada converted from using the imperial system of measurement to Metric.

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
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