Veterans Programs

Learning a trade for peacetime

Part of the federal government's demobilization strategy was to make available to men and women in uniform job-training courses to prepare them for the postwar world. Corporal Nelson, of RCAF (Women's Division) Headquarters in Vancouver, opted to learn dressmaking.

The YMCA and ex-soldiers

This card, giving to a Canadian soldier returning home after the First World War, gave him a six-month membership at any YMCA in Canada.

Cash payments for veterans

To address one of the most pressing demands of Great War veterans, the Canadian government during the Second World War passed the War Service Grants Act, which gave all veterans a lump sum cash payment based on their length and place of service, rank, and family size.

View PDF: PDF icon WSG 1944.pdf

When Canada's Fighting Man Again Becomes a Working Man

Facing the challenge of facilitating the successful return of thousands of servicemen to civilian life, the government published this pamphlet to educate Canadians on the measures in place and the national strategy for demobilization.

View PDF: PDF icon "D" Day

A soldier-settler in Simcoe County

In July 1916, Charles Coster enlisted in the 238th Battalion in New Liskeard, Ontario. After the war, he applied to the Soldier Settlement Board and eventually acquired land near Waterford, Ontario - the documents suggest that the transaction was not without its difficulties.

View PDF: PDF icon SSB Coster.pdf

Discounted travel for veterans

Through the Soldier Settlement Board, veterans could receive discounted rail tickets for travel in connection with taking up farming work.

Horses for a soldier settler

The program that aimed to turn First World War veterans into farmers allowed them to purchase livestock at reduced prices. Ivor Eastwood had served in the 46th Battalion in France, after enlisting in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, in 1915.

Higher education for veterans

In an effort to help returning servicemen find civilian careers, many post-secondary institutions offered them special entry into their education programs.

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.

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.

View PDF: PDF icon Rackets.pdf

Jobs for veterans

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

View PDF: PDF icon As You Were.pdf

Information for Ontario veterans

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

Getting veterans back on their feet

Booklets such as this one were distributed widely, to allay the fears of people in uniform that they might be left destitute when the war was won.

View PDF: PDF icon What Will I do.pdf

The Proper Wearing of Decorations

With many Canadians wearing medals from two different wars, the Department of Veterans Affairs decided to issue these instructions on the proper way to wear them.

View PDF: PDF icon Medals.pdf

Help for Ontario veterans

After the First World War, the Department of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment's Ontario branches offered employment assistance to veterans.

View PDF: PDF icon Ontario DSCR.pdf