Canada's Homefront During Wwi Essay

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The Great War from 1914-1918 in Europe had a traumatic toll on Canadians. The soldiers in the fields were forever changed by the war but they weren’t the only ones who were changed. World War 1 had a significant impact on Canada’s homefront. The impact of the Great War on Canadian civilians can be easily seen through the increased rate and level of discrimination, growth of Canadian economy and the independence of women.
The discrimination suffered by the “ethnic Canadians” increased during the war was inflicted by both society and the government. An example of the discrimination suffered by “ethnic Canadians” is Sarah Mann, a Canadian-German living though World War 1. Before the people of ...view middle of the document...

Caused by societies fear and pressure on the Canadian government to do something about the “ethnic Canadians”, also known as “enemy aliens”, people of different ethnicities were unfairly and punitively discriminated against.
While the government increased its control over “enemy aliens”, it also helped grow the economy through its increased control. The government needed to send munition and resources overseas to the allied soldiers and the Canadian soldiers as well. Therefore munition factories were established and other factories switched and became munition factories. With all the munition factories in business, it generated a lot of money within the economy (in 1914 Canada produced $28 165 worth of war supplies, then 3 years into war, Canada produced $388 213 550 worth of war supplies in 1 year). The significance is that before war was declared, there were little factories or plants that could produce the quantity of munition needed for war. So in accordance to the demand of war supplies during World War 1, Canada generated a lot of wealth in its economy by selling war supplies to Great Britain. The government also insisted many farmers to produce much more crops in order to feed the soldiers overseas. With the government’s insistence to increase production rate, Canada’s record of the largest wheat crop was made in 1915. The significance is that the war revealed some of Canada’s capability to produce crops. Canada’s economy grew due to the increased control of the government.
With the men gone to war, women could step in and play a greater part is society, changing their role and becoming independent. Their first step was to change socially and to help the Canadian economy. Without as many men to work, factories, farms, etc. needed someone to...

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