1896-1945 – Filling The West

Clifford Sifton became the Minister of the Interior for Canada in 1896. His job was to attract more farmers to the West. He decided to look for immigrants in eastern Europe. The land and the climate were similar in those countries. Sifton believed the immigrants would be able to adapt to farming in Canada. The government of Canada wanted immigrants who could assimilate into Canada. They made it harder for some groups to settle here, especially if their skin was a different colour or they practiced different customs. The populations of Manitoba and Winnipeg grew very quickly at this time.

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