Canadian Civilians in World War Two

Canadian Civilians in World War Two

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  • Many Canadians gave away their cookware and other household items so the scrap metal could be recycled and used for war machinery. 
  • In World War Two many Canadian civilians did their part to help out for the war effort.
  • Children could bring in a quarter each Monday to go towards the war effort and in return they would recieve a war savings stamp.
  • I have 3 stamps!
  • Many teenagers in June would go and help out on farms so this way they could get excused from their final exam and they would be providing help for the farmers who provide food for the soldiers.
  • You have reached your ham limit for this year
  • All families in Canada were given ration books and food stamps.  These were used to ration goods like sugar, butter, tea, coffee, or bacon. When food was bought the storekeeper would remove the appropriate stamp so the family couldn't buy more than they needed. This was to help make sure they had enough food for the soldiers.
  • Gasoline had to be rationed a lot during WWII so they had many rules in place. The gas station was open for shorter hours of the day so people wouldn't use as much gas. Since they used so much gas farmers gas would be dyed purple so they couldn't sell it to other people. People weren't allowed to switch gas from car to car, and finally people would put a sticker on their car showing that they were entitled to purchase gas for personnal use.
  • Finally there was Fishermans Patrol. Men any age over 18 could sign up to patrol the rugged pacific coast for the RCN in all kinds of weather.
  • Overall these are just a few things that Canadian citizens did to support the war effort and it really helped out our country during WWII
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