Becoming a soldier-farmer

One popular government program allowed a veteran to purchase low-cost farmland - but only if he could provide references that attested to his good character.

Retour à la vie civile: le côté rationnel du rétablissement

With thousands of men returning from active service, guides like this aimed to smooth the transition back to peacetime. The information helped servicemen to understand what they might receive from the government upon demobilization, and what to do to reestablish themselves successfully in civilian life.

Moncton welcomes its veterans

This proclamation was handed out to men and women from Moncton, New Brunswick, as they returned from overseas after the end of the First World War.

McMaster ex-soldiers return

These five undergraduates were lucky to return to Canada before the war ended, and before the mass demobilization of 1919 made special dinners difficult to organize.

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Celebrating peace and victory

At the end of the First World War, the residents of London, Ontario, got together to celebrate "peace with victory."

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The Rileys return to Hamilton

The RHLI, nicknamed the Rileys, fought in the Dieppe raid and through the campaign in north-west Europe, returning to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1945.

An officer comes home

The card that every family longed to get, giving notification of the return home of a loved one in uniform.

The Canadians leave Aldershot

The first Canadian soldiers reached Aldershot in southern England in October 1939 to establish Canadian bases there; six years later, the city held a ceremony to bid them farewell.

Ex-soldiers and fraud

The Toronto Better Business Bureau opened a Veterans Assistance Department which published twenty-one booklets on topics relating to rehabilitation. This booklet warns of illegal businesses and fraudulent schemes, and offers tips on how to protect oneself while re-adjusting to civilian life.

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Jobs for veterans

The federal government urged ex-soldiers to take advantage of training opportunities to enhance their employability in post-war Canada.

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Information for Ontario veterans

This handy guide was intended to provide quick answers about government programs for ex-soldiers.

"Ontario - the strategic key to Canada"

In one of a series of issues on the regions of Canada, the authors argue that Ontario is well situated for future prosperity and influence but that its people "have a long way to go to achieve perfection."

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Cornerstone of a better world

A summary of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, regarded by the Allies as a key to stability and security in the postwar world.

"Government by the People"

This booklet from the Wartime Information Board discusses the history, constitution, and function of parliament to promote general awareness of and interest in the Government of Canada.

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Hope for the peace

Respected diplomat and future prime minister Lester Pearson sees the future of peace in the power of collective action in the international arena.

"Why not a Canadian Hollywood?"

The head of the National Film Board sees in the postwar era the opportunity for Canada to expand its cultural industries, particularly film.

Canada looks south

A journalist sees great potential in Canada extending economic and political relations with the nations of Central and South America after the Second World War.

Science after the war

A survey of developments in science, medicine, and technology as they might influence Canada's postwar prospects.

Prosperity in the north

A geography professor argues that the key to Canada's postwar prosperity lies to the north.

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Canada looks to the Pacific Rim

Noted historian Arthur Lower surveys the postwar prospects for Canadian economic engagement with the Pacific region.