Veterans Programs

To the Soldier Returning to Canada

Following the First World War, veterans experienced significant challenges - mental illness, physical disability, unemployment - as they integrated back into civilian life. This booklet provided returning soldiers with the information they needed to navigate the transition.

Back to Civil Life

This booklet, published after the Second World War, was aimed at help returning soldiers overcome the challenges they faced, with information on training and educational programs, job placements, health care, pensions, and more.

Back to Civies

Soldiers returning to Canada from overseas faced myriad issues when they arrived home. Many were wounded, unemployed, or had simply forgotten how to live in 'civies' after being away for so long. This booklet, published by the Soldiers' Aid Commission, attempted to help soldiers with these issues. Various organizations, and the services they offered, were listed in this book, with the common denominator being that all were offered free of charge to returning soldiers.

The Special Committee on Veterans Affairs

The Committee worked on an act that would extend loans to veterans in order to assist them in establishing themselves in business or professionally following their discharge. Notably, the Committee recommended that the House of Commons consider the extension of veterans' benefits to former members of the Merchant Marine.

War Veterans Allowance Act, 1952

Important Act regarding the different allowances for War Veterans and their dependants passed by Canadian Parliament in 1952. Both amendments and new considerations were included in this Act, adding a new and revised table of allowances according to various classes of recipients. 

War Veterans Allowances

This booklet provides a summary of various pieces of legislation affecting former and active members of the Canadian Forces: the War Veterans Allowance Act, the Civilian War Pensions, and the Allowances Act. Topics of interest to veterans and family members include eligibility, differences in allowances and rates of pay, and general information. 

War Veterans Allowances and The Assistance Fund

This booklet was published as a point of reference for veterans and others, such as widows and orphans, to determine eligibility to the War Veterans Allowance program first established by the Canadian Government in 1930. The booklet also outlines the main rules governing the payment of allowances and other generalities of the Act. 

Getting a head-start on peace

Long before the Second World War was won, Canadians in uniform could take advantage of educational courses that might point them towards postwar employment.

Summer courses.pdf (26.45 MB)

To all who served

Part of the Veterans Charter that emerged from the Second World War was low-cost life insurance for veterans and their families - as explained in this short booklet.

What's Ahead.pdf (45.09 MB)

A tailor looks for work

To assist ex-soldiers in finding work, the federal government provided introduction cards to be given to prospective employers. Henry Royle of Vancouver was interested in resuming his prewar trade: tailoring.