After both European conflicts, Canadian veterans returned to a country irrevocably altered by
war. Despite rationing and other measures, shortages remained after peace was declared - in
foodstuffs, certain materials and supplies, and facilities, particularly housing. Nevertheless, a
number of veterans' assistance organizations were formed and a wide variety of government
programs were initiated to ensure that at least the basics to life were available. Education and
training opportunities were created, employment of returned armed service personnel was
aggressively encouraged, and several steps were undertaken to meet the greatly increased demand
for single and married housing.
Veterans were sometimes greeted by royalty and other times by impressive signs.