Throughout the last half of 2015 and continuing in 2016, civil servants have been busy digitizing old government reports and guides and then providing links to these e-documents in the catalogue of Collections Canada – our national library. In the future, it will be easier for students, researchers and general readers with inquiring minds to connect to and read documents from our history.
Some, like Buttermaking on the farm (published 1917) provide a charming look at a period when the majority of Canada’s citizens still lived in rural areas. Others, such as the 1937 report on Canadian immigration policy and background reveal thinking at a darker time. Are you looking for comparative statistics? Soon numerical snapshots of Canadians and their activities from the early 1900s to present will be only a couple of clicks away.
Of the recent releases from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, here is a sampling.