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  • 1. Coming to Western Canada Immigration after Confederation
  • 2.
    • In 1870, the postage stamp province of Manitoba had only 12 000 citizens.
    • Most of them lived in small settlements and farms along the province’s river system.
  • 3.
    • There were no cities or towns yet.
    • Winnipeg was still a village and had only 100 residents.
    • This would all change over the next few decades. The Canadian government had big plans for the Prairies.
  • 4.
    • The Canadian government planned for the Prairies to become a major agricultural region (an area for farming).
    • For this to happen, hundreds of thousands of immigrants would have to be recruited from other countries.
  • 5.
    • In1881, only 66 000 people lived in Manitoba.
    • By 1901, the population of Manitoba had grown to 255 000.
    • Most of the people who came to Manitoba came here to be farmers.
  • 6.
      • The Canadian government hoped that the new settlers would fill the land of western Canada. This would develop the region and strengthen Canada`s economy.
      • The government hoped that these new farmers would help Canada become a world leader in agriculture (farming).
  • 7.
    • The immigrants who moved to Canada came from all over the world.
    • Most of them came from Europe.
    • Many of the immigrants came from the Ukraine, in Eastern Europe.
  • 8.
      • In some European countries, like the Ukraine, many people were not allowed to own any land.
      • When these people found out that they could own large farms, called homesteads , in Western Canada, they decided to leave their own countries.
  • 9.
    • The land only cost the immigrants a $10 fee.
    • For this small price, people could claim 65 hectares of land for themselves.
    • This was a lot of land for people from countries where they worked on farms that might have been less than 5 hectares.
  • 10. The government played a large role in convincing these European people to come to Canada. More on this tomorrow...