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Empire Settlement Act

Settlement on prairie farmsStill experiencing serious economic and social difficulties after World War I, the British government hoped to alleviate some of its troubles by promoting emigration. The Empire Settlement Act committed Britain to coordinate and subsidize settlement programs with the Government of Canada and other immigration organizations. As a result, settlement arrangements such as the 3,000 Families Scheme, soldier settlement schemes and the efforts of the Catholic Scottish Immigrant Aid Society helped to make Britons the largest migrant group in Alberta in the 1920s. Intended primarily to put British migrants on Canadian farms, the settlement tactics, nevertheless, resulted in only a small number of British farmers, as most eventually made their way to the towns and cities.

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