Canadian Military History Gateway
Subject > Politics and Society > Life on the Homefront > Employment and Production
Stories of the contributions of the industrial centre of Hamilton to the war effort, both through military might and industry, make up a large part of the Spectator clippings in this collection.
Canadian War Museum
The growth of Canada's shipbuilding industry from three shipyards to 90 plants during the Second World War was documented in newspaper accounts of the day.
The budgets allocated by Parliament often affected the size of the militia and how many men would be trained. Cycles of economic crisis and boom in the 1870's had an impact on militia activity and proficiency.
The government took full control of the economy, and turned it into a war-winning weapon. There were shortages and rationing of food and other products but everyone who wanted to work could. Workers were encouraged to put their money into Victory loans and savings schemes. Newspapers were there to help encourage individuals and businesses to do their part.
A woman recounts her experience working away from home for the first time during the war and how she carried on with life afterwards.
Veterans Affairs Canada
The war in Europe created a need in Canada to help supply food to our allies. It also created a problem with finding manpower to work the farms while so many of our young men went to serve. News articles discussed this problem and possible solutions.
A war economy led to a more heavily industrialized Canada and prepared it for the economic boom that followed.
The story of Rose Young, one of many women who signed up for work in Canada's factories and foundries during World War II.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
During the Second World War, the Canadian aircraft industry grew to employ nearly 116,000 workers, 30,000 of whom were women. It delivered aircraft to fill Allied orders and Canadian newspapers monitored its expansion.
The Department of Munitions and Supply controlled the production of munitions for Canada and its allies. By 1945 Canada's war production was fourth among the Allied nations.