Labour Projects

Note: This section is still under construction.

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Riding Mountain Park Labour Project, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba in 1944. Source: Parks Canada.

In the early 1940s, with an steadily increasing number of young Canadians enlisting in the Armed Forces, Canada was faced with a severe labour shortage, particularly in the agricultural and lumber industries. in May 1943, with thousands of young, able-bodied German PoWs sitting idly behind barbed wire, the Canadian government authorized the use of PoW labour to solve the shortage. Beginning with small projects located near internment camps, this project would eventually expand to include over 200 labour projects stretching from British Columbia to Quebec.

If you are interested in learning more about PoW labour projects or are looking for information regarding a specific project, please contact me.

3 responses to “Labour Projects”

  1. Monica Keown says :

    I would be interested in finding out more about the labour camp located in Turtle River park near Atikokan Ontario. Also if there were any camps in northwestern Alberta or Northeaster BC

  2. Stephen Young says :

    Are there any remains of the three projects around Pine Falls? Living in the area I would be interested in taking a look, black flies and all!

  3. Meghan says :

    I would be interested in what labor projects would be for the Farnham camp if you know. Thank you!

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