Give me your farmers!
11 February 2021

Canada’s immigration policy may have been restrictive in the 19th century, in the decades before World War I the call for skilled labour forces, especially farmers, became increasingly louder. Insofar that the Canadian immigration agent in Antwerp presented his country with slogans like “Good harvests, healthy climate, low taxes and free schools”. Still, even then some settlers were more welcome than others, but Belgians were classified as “preferred class of immigrants”.

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Give me your farmers!