WWII At Home in Canada

This website will examine and explain the homefront in Canada during World War Two, including; the role of women, propaganda, and Japanese Internment Camps.

Role of Women

When the men went to war, women took their jobs in factories. The were responsible for producing weapons for war, including: shells, bombs, guns, and other heavy equipment.

Women were less domestic and took on more masculine type work.

The government promoted women like Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl (Veronica Foster).

Day care was also created to ensure that women with children could still work.


Propaganda is a type/form of advertising tactic used by the government to promote or spread specific beliefs or ideas. It is used to: encourage enlistment (joining) in the military, supporting the war effort, evoking a sense of patriotism and the disdain of other countries, purchasing Victory Bonds, appeals for discretion, and encourage/enforce rationing.

Japanese Internment Camps

Following Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government was afraid that Japanese Canadians were secretly working with the Japanese.

Most Japanese Canadians lived along the western coast of British Columbia. The Government relocated to internment camps along the Alberta border, they also sold their homes, possessions, and businesses to support the war. Even Japanese Canadians who had been in Canada for generations were subject to the same restrictions and treatment.

The conditions of the camps were terrible. They cold and poorly heated, many people had to live in small living quarters, food was limited and lacking nutrition, and personal hygiene was poor.