Ontario Ancestors Conference 2022 The Ontario Genealogical Society Virtual Conference 2022, June 24 – 26, Ottawa
The Ontario Genealogical Society Virtual Conference 2022, June 24 – 26, Ottawa

June 25 – 1:00 PM – Stream B – Second World War British Migrants to Canada

Summary  

Explores the history of temporary migrants during the Second World War-era, many choosing to make Canada their home post-war.  

Outline  

Wealthy Britains, and especially their children sent to escape the dangers of the Second World War, children evacuated under the government Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB) scheme, and airmen training under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) were temporary wartime migrants to Canada. Some had such a positive experience, not only the relief from hostilities and “luxuries” like foods unavailable in ration-weary Britain, that they chose to make Canada their permanent home. A majority of British WW2-related migrants who settled were the war brides of Canadian army and airforce servicemen. The presentation will examine each of these migrations using short case studies and the resources available to research their lives and times.  

John Reid