Canada During the Post-War Period

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The post-war time was a period where major changes were occurring. After being involved in two international conflicts, Canada was ready to reestablish their economy. During this time, Canada had started working on ways to become stronger and reputable. It is evident that Canada had matured through the post-war era. Canada’s economic progress left a positive impact on the growth of the country as consumerism became popular, and economic ties with America became stronger. Moreover, the removal of racial and ethical barriers contributed to Canadian social affairs such as the huge wave of immigration and the baby boom. The Canadian government also had become more aware and involved in issues impacting Canadian citizens. Canada as a whole …show more content…
Lawrence Seaway “was like a huge economic zipper knitting these [two] countries together,” which it had; it allowed the two countries to effortlessly trade (Aitken et al., 321). With new inventions being made it allowed Canadians to discover more of what Canada had to offer. To many people’s surprise, Canada was overflowing with possibilities of industries. Every part of Canada had a different potential. For example, the eastern part was supplying raw materials to the United States, such as iron ore, nickel and copper. By 1960, Ontario was producing almost 60% of Canada’s metal output. Western Canada made a discovery of the abundance of oil and gas (Aitken et al., 318). In result, Canada was taking part in the industrial revolution, as it was slowly evolving into a country based on industries, and products.

The baby boom and increase in immigration allowed for the extensive prosperity in Canada. The post-war experience allowed the federal government to remove ethical and racial barriers in immigration. Before 1961, more than 90% of immigrants were from Europe, however when racial and ethical means were dropped there was more variety in immigrants. In 1971, was a historical moment for Canada as it was the first time ever that most immigrants were not from Europe. In result, Canada was more multicultural than ever before. Immigration policies took an alteration in 1978 after the introduction of the Immigration Act. The Immigration Act was committed to
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