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The Home Front


While those who went to the front may have experienced the most jarring changes to their everyday life, those left behind also participated in a great societal change. Suddenly the emphasis was on doing everything possible to aid the war effort. Many items were rationed at home to ensure there would be no shortages of war necessities. Money was raised not only to finance the Canadian war effort but also to render assistance to those in need in other Allied countries. At home, a variety of programs and projects were launched to provide "comfort" packages for Canadian fighting men and women in Britain and Europe. Greetings and other well wishes were featured in parades, on billboards, and on signs. Doing what one could on a personal level to help win the war became a way of life.


The material in this and other sections has been taken from the University Archives and Special Collections and is divided into six sub-categories.