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War Brides and the Baby Boom. War Brides Following World War II, nearly 48000 British and European women left everything they knew behind to come to Canada.

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1 War Brides and the Baby Boom

2 War Brides Following World War II, nearly British and European women left everything they knew behind to come to Canada as the wives of Canadian servicemen Following World War II, nearly British and European women left everything they knew behind to come to Canada as the wives of Canadian servicemen 93% were British, understandable since the Canadians were posted to Britain for most of the war 93% were British, understandable since the Canadians were posted to Britain for most of the war

3 Marriage It wasnt easy to get married It wasnt easy to get married Permission from the commanding officer was required Permission from the commanding officer was required Many of the girls parents feared, quite rightly, theyd never see their daughters again. Many of the girls parents feared, quite rightly, theyd never see their daughters again.

4 Coupons from ration books were pooled to acquire wedding clothes and enough food for a reception Coupons from ration books were pooled to acquire wedding clothes and enough food for a reception Even so, weddings during the war were simple affairs. Even so, weddings during the war were simple affairs. Brides carried silver horseshoes, made from paper, for good luck Brides carried silver horseshoes, made from paper, for good luck

5 Waving goodbye to all that is familiar…

6 A leap of faith A leap of faith

7 Baby Boom: causes Several hundred thousand Canadians returned home after serving in the war effort Several hundred thousand Canadians returned home after serving in the war effort Many of these men married and started families right away; others increased the families they already had. Many of these men married and started families right away; others increased the families they already had.

8 The Canadian government encouraged immigration from Britain and Europe. The Canadian government encouraged immigration from Britain and Europe. Most immigrants were young and in the process of starting or adding to families.

9 The combination of the returning servicemen and the increase in immigration caused the birth rate to go up significantly. The combination of the returning servicemen and the increase in immigration caused the birth rate to go up significantly.

10 Whats in a name? This huge increase in the birth rate has been dubbed the Baby Boom This huge increase in the birth rate has been dubbed the Baby Boom The children born during this period are called baby boomers The children born during this period are called baby boomers

11 Baby Boom: impact This change in the demographic had a huge impact on the Canadian economy This change in the demographic had a huge impact on the Canadian economy During the 1950s, Canada was transformed into youth-centred society. During the 1950s, Canada was transformed into youth-centred society. Production of toys, child-care products, and bicycles expanded rapidly to keep up the demand. Production of toys, child-care products, and bicycles expanded rapidly to keep up the demand.

12 New schools began to pop up all over, in an effort to accommodate all the new students who required space New schools began to pop up all over, in an effort to accommodate all the new students who required space But classes were still overcrowded and teachers in demand. But classes were still overcrowded and teachers in demand.

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14 Baby Boom Every time the baby boomers entered a different age group, that age group became the focus of social and economic decision-making in Canada. Every time the baby boomers entered a different age group, that age group became the focus of social and economic decision-making in Canada. For example, the1960s saw Canadian Universities prepare for increased enrolment For example, the1960s saw Canadian Universities prepare for increased enrolment

15 A second generation or 'echo boom' was created when the baby boomers had children of their own A second generation or 'echo boom' was created when the baby boomers had children of their own As the baby boomers start to retire in large numbers, more attention is being placed on health care for seniors and the stability of pension funds As the baby boomers start to retire in large numbers, more attention is being placed on health care for seniors and the stability of pension funds Baby Boom: ripple effect

16 Turn to page 205 in the text. Turn to page 205 in the text. Look at the population pyramids for Look at the population pyramids for Identify the age group that the baby boomers would be in. What percentage of the population do they account for? Identify the age group that the baby boomers would be in. What percentage of the population do they account for? List 3 needs for each, that would impact the economy. (What new consumer items and social programs are needed?) List 3 needs for each, that would impact the economy. (What new consumer items and social programs are needed?)


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