Canada After WW1

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During the 1920's, men returning from the war were faced with unemployment. This forced women out of the jobs they took from the men, forcing even more unemployment by trying to give men their jobs back.

Some employers preferred to hire young children over adults, as it was cheaper in the post-war economy. This also applied to immigrants, as they would work for less than Canadians would.

Once the economy once again began to fall, people in Canada started losing their jobs as companies would go bankrupt. This also resulted in working conditions worsening and wages being lowered while the prices of products increased.

Very few jobs were available, many people ended up being overworked and further more applied for these positions as money was very scarce, to both returning soldiers and women kicked out of their jobs. Thus, women went back to working as housewives, and the idea of women taking a mans job was very frowned upon. Single women who did work, did so in horrible working conditions for very meager pay.

Women began studying more as a result of being judged for taking "men's jobs". This led to teaching and nursing to be very popular occupations for women.

Fads, Fashion and Entertainment

Following the war, fashion in Canada was heavily influenced by the US. This also extended to sports, pastimes, and fads such as Mahjong, Crosswords, Long Races, Marathons, Jazz etc..

Following the post-war economy crash, women resorted to sewing their own clothes rather than buying into the latest fashions.

Following the war, people celebrated for quite some time, leading to the growing popularity of music and movies. Silent movies were very popular.

A popular book was launched during this time which gained a lot of popularity, it was called Whinnie the Pooh and was enjoyed by all ages.

People entertained themselves using cartoons, movies and the radio. This led to people popularizing Jazz and dancing the "Charleston", a popular dance move. Marathons also became as popular a sport as hockey, basketball, and golf.

Once money became more and more scarce, people used entertainment to try to forget their financial troubles, movies such as The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind were hugely popular.


Media was completely different than before the war. People had access to inventions such as the radio, or reading about things over the world in the newspaper. This made sure that Canadians were informed of events such as the Chanak Crisis, while also entertaining people as well.

Actors such as Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford started to gain reputation and their movies and shows were greatly anticipated to the world and Canadians alike.

Advertisements also became apparent over the radio and newspaper.