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Posted 5 years ago


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A Canadian government response to the outbreak of war in 1939 was the National Resources Mobilization Act, passed 21 June 1940. One provision of this Act immediately affected every adult Canadian.

The National Registration Regulation attached to the Act provided for the establishment of a Registration process - supervised by a Chief Registrar for Canada. The purpose of the registration process was to identify people and resources that could be placed at the disposal of His Majesty King George VI for the duration of the war.

Each person interviewed during the registration process was required to provide:

their Full Name and Permanent Postal Address
their Age (last birthday) and their Date of Birth
their Conjugal Condition
the Types and Numbers of Dependents solely supported by the registrant
the name of the Country in which they were born, and where each of the registrant's parents were born
their Nationality, Year of Immigration and of Naturalization
information about Languages spoken
information about their Education, Health, and General Physical Condition
information about their current Occupation or Business, including the number of years in that situation
information about any previous Farming Experience
information about any previous Military Service

The unique part of this image is that the card is signed by his daughter who was the Deputy Registrar.


  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Thanks Mani
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    The Registrar's last name is the same as the applicant?
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    blunderbluss, you missed the last line of my description, they were father & daughter. She worked for the local municipal government office.
    Kinda cool I thought!

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