The Wages of Relief: Cities and the Unemployed in Prairie Canada, 1929-39 (Working Canadians Books from the Cclh) by Erik Strikwerda
English | July 19, 2013 | ISBN: 1927356059 | 333 Pages | PDF | 7 MB
In the early part of the Dirty Thirties, the Canadian prairie city was a relatively safe haven. Having faced recession before the Great War and then again in the early 1920s, municipalities already had relief apparatuses in place to deal with poverty and unemployment. Until 1933, responsibilty for the care of the urban poor remained with local governments, but when the farms failed that year, and the Depression deepened, western Canadian cities suffered tremendously. Recognizing the severity of the crisis, the national government intervened.