Canada’s Smartest Person is a Canadian reality television competition series. Canadians compete in unique intelligence challenges to earn the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.” The challenges are based on The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
The series is hosted by TV personality Jessi Cruickshank.
The show is produced by Media Headquarters, and broadcasts on CBC Television. The show originally aired in 2012 as a 2-hour special. It returned to CBC as a 9-part series in 2014. The 2014 series was the number one rated new Canadian program of the fall season. Canada’s Smartest Person returned for a second season on October 4, 2015. On March 31st, 2016 CBC announced the series would return for a third season as part of their fall/winter schedule.
During the broadcast, viewers participate in all of the challenges from home in real-time using the Canada’s Smartest Person app. The app is one of the most popular interactive experiences ever produced in Canada, with over 1,000,000 intelligence tests completed over the first season.