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Frontier DevelopmentLand, Labour, and Capital on the Wheatlands of Argentina and Canada 1890-1914$
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Jeremy Adelman

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204411.001.0001

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Labour on the Prairies

Labour on the Prairies

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This chapter discusses the labour supply conditions in the Canadian prairies. The prairies, so far from the concentrations of populations in central Canada, and cut off by the pre-Cambrian shield through Ontario, presented intractable obstacles to enjoying an effective supply of labour. This chapter describes immigration policy, immigration to the prairies from 1890 to 1914, the homesteader dependency on the labour market, and tenancy on the prairies. Migrants to the Canadian west were different and were determined to become permanent members of the region's economy. Their strategy of economic advancement was based on the prospect of landownership, to reap all the earnings themselves and realize capital gains at some future date.

Keywords:   labour, Canadian prairies, immigration policy, immigration, migrants, landownership, Canada, tenancy

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