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Maptour: The Impact of the Great Depression, 1928-1940
Relief in the Cities

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Graph: Relief by Selected Urban Areas

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  • Click on the “Related Materials” drop-down menu and select select Graphs - "Relief by Selected Urban Areas."

Notice ...

  • Vancouver’s relief effort was consistent with that of B.C. as a whole.
  • St. John’s relief support was smaller than the total population would suggest.
  • Montréal and the Nova Scotia cities were swamped with Depression refugees.


  • Vancouver, Regina and St. John’s are all cities in resource-based, non-industrial provinces, where people were inclined to stay home to survive.
  • Footloose people in Ontario and Québec, without vegetable gardens and root cellars, ran to the cities and became burdens upon them.
  • Selecting only one city in a province like Ontario, with many big cities, introduces an irregularity into the meaning of the data.

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  • Click on the file under "Data Files (.xls)" if you wish to see the numbers upon which these pie-charts are based.