Veterans Programs

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.

Returned Soldier's Handbook

This booklet told soldiers what to expect as they returned home to Canada, including what travel arrangements and services were available to veterans.

Vocational Training on Civvy Street

The Canadian government provided grants, training classes, and apprenticeships to help returning soldiers get a job in civilian life. Pamphlets like this one told veterans of all of the opportunities available.

To Civvy Street: The Common-Sense of Re-Establishment

Canada's Re-Establishment Program offered many programs to help returning soldiers reintegrate into civilian life, through grants, vocational training, education, and help starting a new job.

Homeward Bound

This pamphlet tells soldiers what they need to know to get back home from overseas, now that the war is over.

Homeward Bound.pdf (9.32 MB)

Dismiss, but what of a job?

This booklet describes the governmental services available to soldiers once they return home, including training programs, social services, and tips on how to find employment.

Canada's Merchant Seamen

This booklet describes the contributions of Canada's Merchant Seamen to Canada's war effort, and describes the compensation they received from the government for their service.

A Home on Civvy Street

A 1945 guide to postwar employment, buying a home, and other aspects of reintegration into civilian society for returned servicemen.