From the pages of Canadian chess history
Canadian Chess Association; Montreal 1889
The Canadian Chess Association (CCA) was formed on September 24, 1874 in Hamilton, Ontario. It is reputed to be the very first (and hence the oldest) national chess federation in the world! (The Scottish Chess Federation was formed in 1884, and is the second oldest) In 1932 the CCA became renamed the Canadian Chess Federation (CCF), and from there you can work out the rest…
There is a news item in the NewYorkTimes (archives) of the 1874 election of the officers of the CCA that can be found at the following web address:
Imagine trying to get that kind of coverage today !
Mr. Clemont, 1903; Champion of Quebec
Charles Gill painting, 1905