1982 represented a year to celebrate Canada's Constitution that formed their Federation and government as we know it today.
To commemorate the occasion, a circulating commemorative with a nickel composition was authorized for minting along side the traditional Voyager Dollar.
The obverse, designed by Arnold Machin, features the bust of Queen Elizabeth the II facing right. On the outer periphery are the words “CANADA 1982 DOLLAR” and “ELIZABETH II”. Surrounding the overall design is a circle of beads.
The reverse, designed by Ago Aarand, is a faithful reproduction of the painting “Fathers of the Confederation”. Above the painting is the year “1867” and “CONFEDERATION”. Below the painting is the year “1982” and CONSTITUTION”.