Silver Spoon and Short Straw Migrants to Canada


The presentation provides case studies of two types of migrants to Canada.

Some from well to do families were no longer welcome at home. Remittance men existed on monthly cheques sent while they remained overseas. Others, unsuccessful in Britain, made a fresh start finding jobs including in the military and red serge of Canadian police services.

Over 100,000 of Britain’s orphaned, neglected or abused children taken in by the Poor Law system, or charitable organizations like Barnardo’s, considered surplus to Britain’s needs were migrated to Canada where they found homes and employment on farms and as servants.

Case Study Children Migration